Creating your own salad dressing

Last night, I decided to make my own salad dressing for the first time, instead of using one out of a bottle. I’ve seen salad dressings being made on cooking shows all the time, and I knew it wasn’t hard to do.

Before I started I did a quick Google search for recipes, but nothing really caught my fancy. I had quite a few of the ingredients that the various recipes said I would need for a salad dressing, and a number of vinegars to choose from. Should I use balsamic? Red wine vinegar? Mustard? Do I want something creamy or a light vinagarette?

The salad leaves I would be using had a bit of flavour on their own, so I decided that I needed something with a strong taste of it’s own. Except for Caesar salads, I generally don’t use cream dressings anymore.

The Brûlée Blog’s Honey Mustard Vinagrette

2 teaspoons whole grain dijon mustard
2 teaspoons liquid honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
one part apple cider vinegar
one part extra virgin olive oil

Mix throughly, adding the oil gradually as the last step. This makes a strong mustard tasting vinagarette, so you may want to adjust the amount of mustard depending on your personal tastes. I added the amount of vinegar and oil until the dressing became the consistency that I wanted. I ended up with enough dressing for 3-4 large servings of salad.

I’ve seen similar recipes with pressed garlic and/or sugar added to the dressing, but I didn’t think it needed either of those at all.

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