Around my house, I’m usually the one making the dressing. I thought it would be good to do a quick write up on how I put together an easy dressing every day.

Making a salad dressing from scratch can be very simple, and is also so important so you can avoid store bought salad dressings (usually loaded with crap), and can spice up a salad.

Before you dive into this, you might also find it helpful to read this post I wrote on the healthiest oils to use (and the least healthy oils).

My framework for making a good salad dressing is:

3 parts FAT + 1 part ACID + 0.5 part SWEET + SALT and SPICES to taste.

  1. Three parts fat: EVOO, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil etc.
  2. One part acid: white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, etc.
  3. Half part sweet: Honey, jam, sweet rice wine
  4. Salt and spices to taste: Garlic, pepper, soy sauce, chili flakes, etc.

I mix and match the above to make an easy dressing. You can make it as simple as fat + acid too, but some sweet and spicy can help make a more interesting dressing when you have the time. 

Here are two ideas for putting a dressing together:

Mediterranean style dressing

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together well.

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain greek yogurt (organic, pasture raised ideal)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 0.5 Tbsp honey (optional)
  • 0.5 garlic clove (optional)
  • Pinch dried dill (optional)
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Using the “optional” note above to let you know you can easily simplify or modify this dressing.

Thai style peanut dressing

  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 0.5 Tbsp Mirin sweet rice wine
  • 1 Tbsp hoisin (optional)
  • 0.5-1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic

Wrapping up

There are two examples and I’ll continue to share more examples on the blog and in the newsletter. I love making salads and dressings so many more to come.

Thanks for reading, drop a comment if you have any questions or suggestions of your own!

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