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12 Healthy, Easy Recipes for Salad Dressing

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12 Healthy, Easy Recipes for Salad Dressing

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Most people think of salads as inherently healthy, but the moment you top your leafy greens and vibrant veggies with bottled dressing, your saladís health halo evaporates. The typical commercially prepared dressing is chock-full of industrial vegetable oils, sugar, and chemical additives and preservatives.

Thatís the bad news. The good news is that itís a cinch to make your own dressings. No exotic ingredients or fancy techniques are necessary. Our ace recipe developer and food stylist, Betsy Nelson, has put together a primer on how to craft your own salad dressings, including recipes, pantry tips and a step-by-step demo on how to make the perfect vinaigrette. Start dressing your salads the homemade way, and youíll never go back to store-bought.

4 Basics for Well-Dressed Salads

From classic vinaigrettes to tangy Asian blends, here are some easy dressing essentials any home cook can master. Find variations on these themes below. For how-to video demos of basic techniques, watch ďShow Me How: Homemade Salad Dressing With Betsy Nelson

1. Classic

A dressing that should be in every confident cookís arsenal. Pair any high-quality oil with an acid (such as vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice), season, and youíve got a simple and endlessly versatile vinaigrette that goes with just about any salad.

Basic French Vinaigrette

Makes 3/4 cup

  • 1 tsp. minced shallots
  • 1/2 tsp. minced herbs
  • Juice of one large lemon or 3 tbs. white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk together shallots, herbs, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly to emulsify. (Alternatively, in a jar, shake together all the ingredients until the dressing is emulsified.) Keeps in the refrigerator for two weeks.

Olive Oil and Lemon Juice Dressing

  • 3 tbs. lemon juice (one large lemon)
  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place salad greens in a bowl. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the top, and drizzle on extra-virgin olive oil. Add salt and freshly ground pepper, and toss gently until salad is mixed.

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6:26AM PDT on May 30, 2014

Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!:):)

2:20PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Great post,thanks for sharing

10:15PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Wasp dudes! Amazing stuff continues the good work.
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8:58PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

A wonderful and varied variety of recipes to try out here.

11:40PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

An enormous round of applause, continue the great work.
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1:09PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Will definitely be trying the curried orange vinaigrette. Thanks!

5:32AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

thank you.

9:05AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

thank you.

7:25PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

great recipes, thanks.

1:03PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

thanks..

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