Salads often don’t get the love that they deserve. Many think it’s a boring way to eat healthy, but it can be enjoyable if you know how to make it right.
In a salad, the dressing makes all the difference. How could it not be, it’s half the dish! You could buy dressing from the grocery, but if you’re trying to eat clean, proceed with caution. Store-bought salad dressings are one of the most deceptive items out there. Read the label: most store-bought dressings contain added sugars, artificial flavors, and unhealthy trans fat. Your best bet is to make your dressing at home, where you’re in control of the ingredients you put in.
8 Easy Salad Dressings You Can Make At Home
Here are 8 easy salad dressings you can make with a few simple ingredients. Most of these ingredients are already in your kitchen, so you can make them over and over again.
Lemon & Olive Oil
This is a pretty straightforward dressing, all it takes is two ingredients: lemon and olive oil. To make it, juice one whole lemon into a bowl. Then slowly whisk in some olive oil to emulsify the dressing. The amount of oil is completely up to you, depending on how runny or thick you want it to be. Season it with salt and pepper.
This is another basic salad dressing, the key here is to use quality ingredients. For this vinaigrette, I used an old style mustard with the grains still intact for texture. First, run a clove of garlic around the bowl. Add in 1 tablespoon of mustard, then whisk in the olive oil. The texture should resemble mayonnaise, thick but still light.
Lemon & Mustard
This third recipe is simply a combination of the first two dressings. Combine your lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil. Work with your ratios to achieve your desired consistency.
Greek Yogurt, Tahini, and Lemon
This creamy dressing is perfect with cucumbers and tomatoes. Use half a cup of greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon of tahini, and the juice of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper and finish it off with some extra virgin olive oil. Done!
Greek Yogurt with Lemon
This dressing will instantly brighten up any salad. Combine half a cup of yogurt, a tablespoon of honey, and juice half of a lemon. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil. The oil helps thicken the dressing, so add more or less to your liking.
Add 2 cloves of garlic (chopped), fresh basil, and parsley in a blender. You can use any variety of nuts, for this recipe I used pine nuts. Pour in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil. Grate some parmesan cheese, about half a cup. Season with pepper. A great tip I learned when making pesto is to add a bit of sugar, which helps balance out the flavors. Blend everything together until you get a creamy consistency.
Make use of Asian flavors to spice up your salad. Chop up 2 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger, and add into a blender. Pour in soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Play up the ratios to get your perfect balance of flavors. Juice half a lime into the blender, and finish off with a tablespoon of honey. Blend everything together. Add in some olive oil depending on how thick you want the dressing to be. You can have this as is, or use as a base for other variations of the dressing.
Soy Garlic Peanut Butter
Use the soy garlic base that we mentioned earlier, and take it to the next level. Add in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and about 2 splashes of fish sauce. Run it through the blender until everything is well combined.
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