I use Annie's when I'm in a pinch.... but really it takes maybe 2 mins to whip up great salad dressing.
I cook breakfast while I prepare lunch and then cook dinner every night when I get home, so don't hate on me for not making my own dressing.
A lot of the Balsamic dressings have canoloa/soy in them, and whatever other nasities. Just trying to find something a little less frankenfood.
What do you guys like to use that's off the shelf?
Add oil. Add vinegar. Add salt. Add black pepper. Add oregano. Squeeze a lemon wedge. Mix. Done.
And that's if you wanna get fancy. Usually, I use 6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
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All over the counter dressings are crap pretty much. I do what Taco does. One that I like is EVVO and ACV with some blueberries mixed in.
Bragg is the only company I have found that makes a decent salad dressing. They have a few different varieties. http://www.bragg.com/products/vinaigrette.html
"Ingredients: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, purified water, organic honey, organic garlic, Bragg Liquid Aminos, organic onion, organic black pepper, natural xanthan gum."
I mostly make my own, but otherwise, I buy it from a woman at my farmers market. You can mix up a batch every few days to save time, though, and then put it in a bottle in the fridge. The three minutes I took to blend up a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette the other day will last my partner and I through a week of salads.
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Bottled dressings are for the most part a cop out.
Since when did a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of vinegar become too much work? Or melting a tad of bacon fat and mixing with avocado, berries etc?
There is NO excuse for soy oil period. Not even as 20%.
I like to add a half teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and sometimes an egg yolk. The Dijon adds a nice zip, and the yolk makes it creamy.
To the OP, check out Allrecipes.com - recipes, menus, meal ideas, food, and cooking tips. for salad dressing seasonings. Omit any of the bad stuff and go with it. Also I have found a ranch dressing seasoning mix recipe on that site. Instead of using mayo, I use 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1/2 sour cream and then thin it out with half and half. Works like a charm and the ranch dressing addicts in my house can't tell the difference.
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Zukay is great, albeit expensive.
Otherwise, here's a simple salad dressing:
4 parts olive oil
1 part vinegar
I like extra virgin olive oil with apple cider vinegar, myself.
That's all you have to do. If you feel like it, you can add any of the following to taste: salt, pepper, cheese, egg yolk, honey, mustard, herbs, hot sauce, minced garlic, bitters, cream, coconut oil, palm oil, lemon or lime juice, chopped anchovies, capers . . . But none of that is necessary. Just the olive oil and vinegar will do.
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