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Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

Making your own salad dressings at home is not only cost effective, but easy! Chef Molly Fowler shows us how to make a basic salad dressing that's healthy and delicious and then how to add ingredients to make your salad truly special.

Molly Fowler, the Dining Diva, says always start with your base of oil and vinegar and Dijon mustard. From there the choices of dressings are only limited to your imagination and the contents of your pantry and refrigerator, so have fun experimenting! Here's a few of Molly's creations.

The Dining Diva's Make-Your-Own Salad Dressings

Basic Vinaigrette

  • 1 part acidity (vinegar, lemon juice, wine)
  • 3 parts oil (olive, canola, pecan, etc)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sweet Additions:

  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Agave syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit

Savory Additions:

  • Dijon mustard
  • Minced shallots or scallions
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced anchovies
  • Minced celery
  • Minced capers
  • Minced fresh herbs
  • Minced fresh ginger
  • Citrus zest
Creamy Additions:
  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sour cream
  • Buttermilk
Place ingredients in a container with a tight lid and shake like crazy! Taste and adjust seasonings as needed!

For more from Molly, visit TheDiningDiva.com.
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