Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan gum, calcium disodium EDTA. Mmmm... sounds delicious doesn' t it!! These are some of the fine ingredients that you will find in most store bought salad dressings.

Essentially these are preservatives and it is these types of products that if consumed over a lifetime can eventually lead to various forms of cancer and pretty much kill you. Are you scared yet?? well you should be. Honestly these are harmful ingredients that you wouldn't want to feed to your children.....ever.

If you think about it, it's quite ironic that you would go through the trouble of preparing a salad and then douse it with artificial ingredients. 

The problem is that we all seem pressed for time so the store bought alternative is just too easy. Everyone likes easy. I think in general, most people just don't know how to make a basic salad dressing. That's where I come in. Once you figure out the basics you will probably be much more likely to make your own dressings with all natural ingredients. 

I'm going to give you two basic salad dressings to build on and once you get these down, the sky is the limit. Simply start with these basics and then add whatever ingredients that you desire. Honey, shallots, fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire, herbs etc... 

The one basic rule you need to follow is the ratio of oil to vinegar. It should be a ratio of three parts oil to one part vinegar. remember this basic rule and you'll be fine.

garlic and oil
The classic French Vinaigrette

1/2 cup of balsamic modene Vinegar
1 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
1 tbsp of grainy dijon mustard.

In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic and mustard while slowly adding the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also like to add a little dried basil or oregano....or even both!!!

Store the vinaigrette in a sealed container and it will last in the fridge for about a week.


lemon and oil
Lemon and Olive oil Vinaigrette

Grated zest of one lemon
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of one lemon
1 small clove of garlic
1 tbsp of dried or fresh basil

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Add a little honey if you want to balance out the acidity of the lemon.

Leave a comment if you have your own unique dressing that you would like to share. i'd love to hear from you.

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8/23/2016 11:44:01 pm

Umm! The salads dressings you proposed are so tasty, I have cooked it and my family liked it very much.


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