Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Three Ways

A Few Kitchen Staples Combine to Make Simple Homemade Salad Dressings

I do not buy my salad dressing in the store … have not for years.  I am not sure when this trend started, but, to be honest, when I taste store-bought salad dressing now I simply can not stomach it.  It is not a food snob thing, I just feel like I can taste the additives, corn syrup and all the stuff getting in the way of the real taste of the dressing.

I think my tastes changed when I realized that homemade dressing was really easy and only required me to have a few items stocked away in my fridge to make a quick and simple (and additive-free) dressing that stores for weeks. And, you know, in the end it is cheaper to make your own dressing anyway – by keeping these few ingredients in your fridge and pantry, and an recycled jam or canning jar on hand, you can make fresh, healthy and tasty dressing any time, any day in just minutes.

Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Three Ways

What You Need:


Lemons (or lemon juice)
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Dijon Mustard
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dressing #1 – Lemon Vinaigrette

Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified):
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Dressing #2 – Red Wine Vinaigrette:


Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified):
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Dressing #3 – Balsamic Dijon Dressing:


Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified):
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.

Note: All store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. The olive oil may harden a bit in the bottle, just take it out and warm to room temperature and shake again before serving. Or, just run the jar under hot water for a minute or two and shake it again before serving.

Enjoy!

Julia

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Simple Homemade Salad Dressing Three Ways

Yield: About 3/4 cup Dressing Per Recipe

Ingredients:

Lemons (or lemon juice)
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Dijon Mustard
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

Dressing #1 - Lemon Vinaigrette
Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified):
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Dressing #2 - Red Wine Vinaigrette
Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified):
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Dressing #3 - Balsamic Dijon Dressing
Combine these items in a jar and shake until combined (or emulsified) -
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.

Note: All store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. The olive oil may harden a bit in the bottle, just take it out and warm to room temperature and shake again before serving. Or, just run the jar under hot water for a minute or two and shake it again before serving.

Enjoy!

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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