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.
- Three parts fat: EVOO, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil etc.
- One part acid: white wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, lemon juice, etc.
- Half part sweet: Honey, jam, sweet rice wine
- 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
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!