I can't stand pre-packaged salad dressings. I like to dress up, not dress down, and that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, you might find it is actually cheaper to make your own salad dressings. Homemade dressings are fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and just taste better. I will admit that there are some wonderful, natural organic dressings available at health food stores.
However, I never get excited about anything on a grocery store shelf if I can make it myself. And there is nothing better than serving up an easy salad, having people comment on how yummy the dressing is, and being able to say that you made it from scratch. As opposed to grabbing for the ubiquitous, boring bottle of a generic “Fat Free Plus” variety that clogs most fridge doors.
A quick, basic vinaigrette is like a little black dress -- a staple that gets pulled out, works for most occasions, and never goes out of style.
This vinaigrette is nothing dazzling or special. But like our favourite black dress – the simpler the better. Accessorize it, blend it with your own style, and you have a winner that matches your personality every time. I have used raw apple cider vinegar, as it has so many health benefits, and is a more alkalizing option. But you could use regular white vinegar if you prefer. You could add more garlic for more zing. You know how partial I am to a garlic hit. Feel free to add more fresh herbs and sweetener. I just keep blending and tasting until I get my perfect blend.
Add the vinegar gradually, and keep tasting in order to get your desired balance. I have put the ratios that work for my palate. But you might find you want more or less tartness. I have blended in the parsley so this vinaigrette is green, cause I love the vibrant colour. But if you want a more traditional vinaigrette – stir through the herbs at the end.
This vinaigrette will keep in the fridge in a sealed jar for a few days. But I always make it fresh, as it only takes a few minutes. Too easy!