Easy as Dressing Yourself. Or a Salad. Whichever. (a post by Josh)

by lyzpfister

There are a few things that I think people need to make at home. Salad dressing is one of many. No more buying them at some store for too much money. It just seems like a waste to have the ingredients in your kitchen, and also a big jar of Ranch dressing (made of who knows what).

This banter is mainly from my countless dinner parties where someone would ask “is there dressing on the salad yet?” “yeah” “oh, what kind?” “I don’t know, I just made it” “OH! How! I don’t think I could do that.”

Yes, yes you can. And yes, those exclamation points are in there for a reason. It’s real simple, though, to make a salad dressing. I’m going off of a vinegrette (and not anything heavy), but here are the basic ingredients:

Olive Oil (the best quality you have. No veggie oil here)
Mustard (brown spicy, if you’ve got it)
Vinegar (balsamic or red wine are the two I’ve played around with)
Crushed Garlic

There, that’s all the absolute basics. To get fancier:
Lemon Juice (or another citrus)
Lemon Zest (or another citrus)
Brown Sugar

All things you have in your kitchen at one point or another, waiting to be used in stir fry, pastas, or sandwiches. As for a recipe, here’s a rough draft:

1. Smash the garlic with the side of the knife blade; chop finely and put into a Jar
2. Add 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar (roughly)
3. Add enough mustard to thicken, but not too much
4. Stir to mix, the consistency should be like…Salad Dressing. Add more oil or water to thin it out.
5. Add Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, and Lemon stuffs to taste (Note: if using Balsamic, do not add lemon or brown sugar)
6. Taste
7. Add more of above or sugar
8. Mix. Stir. Pour.

Easy. Awesome. No more store bought now, right?