Monday, January 24, 2011

Green Salad with Oil and Vinegar

Green Salad

You know what I heard?  I heard that there are still people who buy bottled salad dressing!  I know.  Why would you?  Have you read the list of ingredients?  It’s filled with things you can’t even pronounce. 

Oil and Vinegar

Once you’ve made your own, you’ll never go back to bottled.  It’s so easy.  I mix up a jar of basic dressing at the beginning of the week, and then it’s ready any time I want a salad.  Plus, you can add all kinds of things to change it up.  Use nut oils or herb-infused oils, lemon juice instead of vinegar, or herb-infused vinegars, garlic, anchovies…seriously the possibilities are endless. 

OIl and Vinegar

This is the basic formula from The Best Recipes in the Worldby Mark Bittman.

Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots or red onions, optional (I didn’t have any)
  • 1/4 cup sherry, balsamic, or wine vinegar
  • 4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Whisk the ingredients together, beginning with 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and adding more as necessary.

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Joanne said...

I'm still amazed that people continue to buy bread now that Artisan/Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day has come out. So salad dressing really is beyond me.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I'm so with you Pam. Why would anyone buy bottled dressing?

I've made my own since I first starting cooking and would never, ever eat the bottled stuff. I mix mine in a jar just like you do too.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

One thing I love about making my own salad dressing is that I can alter the proportion of oil to vinegar. With a very good, sweet balsamic, I need hardly any oil at all, but my general proportion is closer to one-to-one or, with very tart red wine vinegar, one vinegar to two oil.

Rachel said...

Ah homemade just tastes better too! I love using dijon mustard to give it a little more flavor and help hold the oil and vinegar together.

Cathy said...

Homemade dressing is the ONLY way to go! There is no comparison in flavor. Who wants to consume all those chemicals?

MM said...

Oh yay! A handy dressing formula! I like making salad dressings and am always collecting recipes for them. But I like to experiment too. I'll have to tape this to the inside of my pantry door.

Kim said...

And...salad dressing is so much fun to make. It's wide open!

From the Kitchen said...

Oh the delicious freshness of one's own salad dressing!
I usually do it just before every salad but I like the idea of doing up a basic dressing at the beginning of the week and adding ingredients as desired. Great idea!


June said...

You shame me. 'nuf said.

food for thought said...

now if only i craved salads...

Mary said...

I loved your post today. I like being able to tailor dressings to our tastes. I'm behind you 100% on this one. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Marjie said...

I make salad dressings, too, but my guys just love some of the white dressings, like ranch and blue cheese. So we buy some and make some.

I figure we have to choose our battles in what they'll eat.

Holly said...

This sounds really yummy I'll have to try it soon:)

Wearinbeads said...

I grew up with "orl and vinegar" dressing, as well as wilted lettuce from my other grandma. Always makes me remember when I make a plain dressing, although I usually soup mine up a lot.

a moderate life said...

Pammieee! I just made this dressing! It is SOOOO good. I never ever buy bottled dressing. Seriously I cant stomach them! It tastes so delicious when the shallots kind of marinate a bit~ I also add some crushed garlic, but i am crazy that way!

Nancy said...

Love it! Bottled dressing is never as good as home-made. But then very few things are. Thanks for posting.

teresa-bug said...

My friends always say 'bottled dressing is just so easy'. I always look at them with a confused look...because homemade dressing is so easy...and SO much better!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Totally with you on this - I don't get why anybody would buy store-bought dressing. Ditto mayonnaise!
Thanks for sharing your.
Sue xo

Melynda said...

What a great beginning recipe for those of us now making our own, thanks Pam.

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Chris said...

We pretty much always make our own although it was never a conscious decision. Once I learned how, the basics of vinaigrettes and suspended emulsions, we just quit buying them mostly out of convenience.

Christy said...

Sadly, I grew up on seriously sweet dressings - Catalina, Russian, French - all of them full of lots of icky ingredients but so good tasting. I struggle with vinaigrettes - I want them thicker and sweeter ( I refuse to use artificial sweeteners). So sadly I eat very little salad. I am going to give this a try and hopefully I will be pulled into the healthy, clean, deliciousness that I know this is! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!