Salad Dressings: Bottled vs Homemade

If you opened your refrigerator, would you see one, two, three or even more bottles and jars of store-bought salad dressings lining the shelves or door? Most of us have bought salad dressings. We think it’s going to be tasty (the picture on the bottle looks good!) or the ingredients described sound yummy. And heck, it’s fast, easy and convenient. Right? Well, it might be all those things, but if that’s true, how come you have all those opened and used once or twice bottles in your fridge?

In addition, did you know that as well as being more expensive than homemade, bottled dressings are often full of salt, sugar and chemical additives? Making your own is simple and allows you to customize the seasonings to suit whatever meal you are preparing. It can be made several days ahead and kept in the fridge. Perhaps your homemade dressing will crowd out those store-bought dressings once you see how fresh and simple it is to make your own.

Here’s a basic recipe:

1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine in a container with a tight-fitting lid or jar and shake well to combine.

The great thing about making your own is that you can change up the ingredients to suit your taste. For instance, change the vinegar to a red wine or balsamic. Add a bit of minced garlic. Add some herbs. If the dressing is a bit too tart for you, add a pinch of sugar or drizzle of honey. And notice how little salt you put in!

We hope you’ll give homemade salad dressing a try. Let us know how you like it.