Do you still use bottled salad dressing? Are you of the ilk that nothing can beat Hidden Valley Ranch? Do you think making your own salad dressing is a huge pain in the behind?
Oh man, you are sorely mistaken.
As I’ve mentioned, we tend to eat a lot of chicken and salad during the summer, or when I’m feeling uninspired. And when you eat salad for supper 3 nights a week, you tend to get a leeeeeetle bit bored with the dressing options on the market. There are 1,000 salad dressings out there, but the ones that aren’t loaded with fat are rarely worth their $2.99 price tag. So, I started making my own, even though at first I genuinely thought I MIGHT DIE from ALL THE WORK it required.
Kidding. You’re going to kick yourself for not trying your own sooner.
Creamy Balsamic Dressing
via Salad in a Jar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Mix well and store in refrigerator.
(I make mine in a mason jar, and the above picture was from the dinner I took to our neighbors upon the birth of their son. No, I do not regularly put ribbons on my salad dressings, but aren’t I so crafty?)
Creamy Goat Cheese Salad Dressing
via Serious Eats
1 1/2 ounces fresh goat cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons half and half
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Freshly cracked black pepper
Wisk together the mayonnaise, half and half, goat cheese and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- This is the dressing I make the most often, as Matt absolutely loves it. I usually cut it in half for two people.
- You can use fat-free half and half or low-fat mayo, but do not use both. The dressing needs a little bit of fat in it to work. (that’s about as scientific as I get, people. emulsification? something along those lines? who knows.) I use full fat Dukes and fat-free half and half.
- Heavy cream, in a pinch, does not work as a substitute for half and half. Learn from my mistakes.
- Season this well.