I’m kind of a salad-dressing junkie. I buy different kinds wherever I find them, hoping to find the magic, perfect one that I’ll love forever and ever. While I have found some store-bought dressings that I love, which I’ll share in a minute, I will get sick of them after a while and eventually suck it up and make my own. I love homemade salad dressing because I can control the flavors to suit my tastes. It’s really easy, too, but I still find myself drawn to “new” ones at the store. Oh well, at least it means we eat a lot of salad!
My two perennial store-bought favorites are Annie’s Natural Shitake & Sesame Dressing and Brianna’s Home Style Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing. I’m also a big fan of a new line from right here in Austin: Cookwell & Company. I love the Olive & Lemon Vinaigrette on pretty much anything, and the Watermelon Vinaigrette is really refreshing, especially on their Watermelon Cucumber Salad (which doesn’t call for lettuce, but I like to add it to the mix of chopped goodies).
Below is a simple recipe for homemade vinaigrette that you can adapt to your tastes. LiveMom’s Catherine shared another good, refreshing dressing with me recently, German Yogurt Salad Dressing. As we travel through these (hopefully) final dog days of summer, nothing is easier or cooler on a hot night than salad, however you decide to dress it.
1/4 cup white wine or apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In medium bowl, put vinegar and mustard. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste. (You could make this in the food processor or blender.) For added kick, I like to add about a teaspoon of the juice from a jar of minced garlic, if I have a jar in the fridge. You can also add fresh herbs to taste or use lemon juice instead of vinegar.
Written by: Shannon Oelrich