Monday, April 26, 2010

Dressing Up

Growing up, I was in charge of making salads and I always made a homemade dressing with lots of vinegar and lots of garlic. I enjoy making this simple vinaigrette instead of buying store bought processed dressings. Inexpensive and MUCH tastier. Today's dressing is in a reused maple syrup jar. Stored in the fridge it keeps long enough to be used, which in this salad loving house is a week or so. 

Simple Vinaigrette:

1 cup olive oil (I like TJ's California estate evoo)
1/2+ cup vinegar (combination of balsamic and red wine)
pinch of salt
lots of ground pepper
4 pressed bulbs of garlic
you can add fresh herbs like basil, thyme

This can also be modified to a honey mustard dressing:
Add honey and stone ground mustard and use apple cidar vinegar.

Or a summer lemon dressing:
Use lemon juice instead of vinegar
Add lots of fresh thyme
(great over an arugula and grana salad)

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