DIY Salad Dressings

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Looking for an easy way to dress your salad? Here are a few salad dressings you can make yourself:

Starting Simply

The simplest salad dressing you can make is vinegar and olive oil, referred to as vinaigrette.  Use 3 parts olive oil for every 1 part vinegar. Either drizzle the oil and vinegar over your salad or shake them up in a salad dressing bottle before you toss it on. You can use white wine or red wine vinegar for a lighter flavor, or balsamic vinegar for a more robust taste.  That’s all it takes! DIY salad dressings are amazingly simple.

Bringing Italy Home

If you’re throwing an Italian themed dinner party and want a salad dressing that’s got some flair, start out with the vinegar and olive oil base (when making Italian themed salad dressing it is probably best to stick with white wine vinegar, however). To give your DIY Italian salad dressing some flavor add (minced) garlic cloves and rosemary to the mixture.

Let’s Get Spicy

If you enjoy the spicy side of life, try adding red pepper flakes and sundried tomatoes to your salad dressing. The pepper gives the dressing some kick while the sun dried tomatoes keep it savory.

Go Greek

Who doesn’t love a great Greek salad with tomatoes, olives and feta cheese? In this salad dressing recipe use red wine vinegar as your base with olive oil; then toss in some lemon juice and oregano for a light twist that will make it seem like you’re dining by the sea.

Traditional Balsamic

Balsamic vinaigrette is a staple at many restaurants, and it is just as easy to make at home. Using the same 3:1 ratio, toss olive oil and balsamic vinegar into a bowl. Then throw in a tablespoon of minced garlic, a pinch of pepper and about 2 teaspoons of dark brown sugar.

Dressing ingredients on a rustic background. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper. Selective focus

Dressing ingredients on a rustic background. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper. Selective focus

More Substance

If you’re not a fan of the vinaigrette scene, there are some great salad dressings that use Greek yogurt as a base to add thickness to your DIY dressing. Here’s an easy recipe for cilantro lime dressing:

2/3 cup Greek yogurt

1/3 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp. cilantro

2 Tbsp. Lime Juice

1 Tbsp. honey

Pepper to taste

Mix all these together in a bowl and enjoy over the leafy greens and vegetables of your choice.

Katie Nahay is a student at Auburn University studying nutrition dietetics. She hopes to attend physician assistant school next fall.

Photo Credit:, FBM

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