When I pass the aisle in the supermarket that’s lined top to bottom with bottles of salad dressings I chuckle. Do shoppers really buy all that stuff? A medium size bottle of Italian dressing probably gets you through a dozen to 15 salads for you and your family and costs you about $4… (for a non-designer brand) and it tastes like…well…store-bought dressing.
The mainstay dressing in my house is balsamic vinaigrette, made with 3 basic ingredients: olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. The creative part is experimenting with variations of these additions: lime sometimes, a squeeze of orange, or for some extra sweetness, a dollop of raspberry jam, or my recent favorite, orange marmalade.
I buy a good quality extra virgin olive oil, usually an Italian import. Same with the balsamic vinegar. The dijon mustard is organic, or the standard Grey Poupon. All together, these ingredients maybe cost about $15, they last months and for lots and lots of salads and other recipes that call for these items. But the major point is, you just can’t compare the taste of store-bought salad dressing with your own handmade one.
Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
2 tblsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tblsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
dash of salt and fresh cracked pepper
You can either whisk together in a bowl, or save the extra bowl and add the ingredients to a small glass jar with a tight lid and just shake it vigorously until smooth.
Enjoy over your favorite lettuce salad.
Makes enough for about 3 salads. Keeps in frig for about 3 days