Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Simple Salad Dressing

We eat a lot of salad at my house.  My husband and children truly love salad.  I know most people buy salad dressing.  It’s one of those things that just seem silly to make at home given all of the options that are available in the stores.  Let me just make a counter-argument for one moment.  Simple vinaigrettes made with high quality olive oil and high quality vinegar just cannot be beat.  They taste qualitatively better than any commercial dressing.  Go to your neighborhood market and buy one bottle of better quality extra virgin olive oil and one bottle of better quality red wine vinegar and give this dressing a shot.  I think after you try it once, you’ll be hooked.  You can buy nearly the best olive oil on the planet and your homemade dressing will still be cheaper than commercial dressing. 

1 C best quality extra virgin olive oil
C best quality red wine vinegar
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp dijon mustard (or dry mustard)

Dissolve the salt in the vinegar.  Keep stirring until all of the salt granules have disappeared.  Add the olive oil and the mustard.  Whisk until blended.
The dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for many weeks.  Take out 15-30 minutes before using.


  1. I agree, Rachel. Store bought dressing is an abomination.

  2. Unfortunately my children agree with you and have been known to say as much at other people's homes. Oy.