Saturday, January 23, 2010

Super-Simple Salad Dressings

One thing I strongly encourage my family to eat is salad. I love salad, and as luck would have it, my two oldest boys do too! My hubby not so much, although he will occasionally eat an Italian-style chopped salad.

One way I keep salad interesting for my family is by using a wide variety of veggies/fruit/nuts and salad dressings. I prefer to make my own dressings, as the commercial salad dressings in the supermarket are full of undesirable ingreedients such as hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and dyes.

I've included here a few of my favorite salad dressing recipes:

Classic Italian Salad Dressing (makes about 1/2 quart)

1 c. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 c. fresh lemon juice

3-4 cloves minced garlic

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning mix

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a lid; secure lid tightly and shake vigorously until well-combined. Store in jar in fridge for up to one month.

Poppyseed Dressing (this is my personal favorite...great on sliced avacado!)

1 c. mayonaise

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, raw with the mother if possible

3 tbsp. dijon mustard

4 tbsp. poppyseeds

1 minced garlic clove

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; whisk rapidly until well-combined. Stores in the fridge covered for up to two weeks.

Mandarin-Sesame Dressing

2 tbsp. sesame oil

1 c. extra-virgin olive oil

2 minced garlic cloves

2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

juice of 3 small mandarin oranges, roughly 1/4 cup

pinch of ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; whisk rapidly until well-combined. Best if used immediately.


  1. First, let me say, welcome back! I've missed you so much in Blogland.

    Love these recipes! Thanks for sharing. My hubby is the same way with salad, but if I make, he'll eat it, even though he is too hot on it. Oh well:P Luckily, the kids love it though.

  2. Thanks for the welcome back...missed you too! Hope you had a blessed holiday season, and that all is well with you and your beautiful family.
    Men are funny that way about the veggies, huh? I try to make it interesting, but he just refuses!

  3. These look scrumptious! Can't wait to try them!

  4. I am in need of new salad dressing recipes. thanks for the post!

  5. Hi, I got here from Real Food Wednesday. I don't see an option for receiving posts via email? Wondering if you've thought about adding that option (like feedburner). Would love to follow your blog this way! :)

  6. These look really good! Too often I wait until the last minute to think of the dressing. Since the first of the year, I've thought a lot about this and I need to make this more of a priority. I use really healthy commercial dressing (relatively speaking), but homemade WOULD be best.