We all know by now that store bought salad dressings, even when advertised as organic and combining only natural ingredients are no match for the homemade stuff that you actually handpick the products for and prepare yourself. Why do we keep wandering down to the dressing and sauce isle at the supermarket then? Because most times it’s so much easier to toss a few bottles of salad dressing in your shopping cart than sit down to research suitable recipes, then wonder whether you have the necessary ingredients, and last but not least, take the time to prepare your own dressing. It’s just quicker and more convenient to open up a bottle and sprinkle your veggies with a ready-made dressing, right?
It doesn’t really have to be. If you are convinced that natural and homemade is always better than store-bought, you might find it surprising just how easy it is to stick to your intentions. Virtually the only piece of equipment you will need to make your own mouth-watering salad dressings is a good countertop blender. If you don’t have one, I encourage you to browse some best smoothie blender 2014 lists from reputable sources and get the last innovations (no, that doesn’t mean they are more expensive) in the area. In my experience, a smoothie blender is a fantastic choice for homemade dressings, and you can use it for your healthy breakfast smoothies as well.
The following recipes are easy to remember, really classic picks from our national salad dressing favorites and as soon as you memorize them, there will be no need to browse the internet for a recipe any more. Your dressing will be ready in a matter of minutes and it will actually be a cheaper and more delicious alternative to bottled dressings. You can also refrigerate or freeze those for continuous use throughout the upcoming weeks.
Here are the ingredients you will need for each one:
- Ranch dressing – 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons freshly chopped chives, dill, parsley or mint, half a teaspoon of rice vinegar and a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder
- Caesar dressing – 5 anchovy fillets, 3 cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, a quarter cup of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, half a cup olive oil and half a cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing – three-quarters cup of olive oil and a quarter cup of balsamic vinegar (keep the ration 3 to 1 even if you make more of this delicious dressing), salt and fresh-ground pepper, and the optional spoonful of mustard or honey, a spoonful of dried herbs and/or minced garlic
As soon as you have washed, chopped and measured your ingredients, simply toss them in your blender and puree until you have a smooth mixture. It is so easy and all of these need such basic ingredients (except for the anchovies) that you probably already have them lying around in your food pantry.