Got salad? Dress it up

Posted on: March 6th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Some people love the same salad dressing all the time, but of course a dressing can totally change the taste of a salad, so switching it up can be really fun. You can take baby spinach from Italy to Tokyo just by changing the dressing. Here are a few of our favorites.


Akie’s soy dressing

This great recipe was given to me by my beautiful friend Akie, it is super simple, but really rich and flavorful.

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp seeded mustard

Stir all these ingredients vigorously and it’s done!

Balsamic Vinegarette

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Mix them all together, adding the olive oil last- a whisk will be perfect.

This makes about 1 cup so keep the rest in a jar for a bit, or halve the recipe.

Honey-Lime Dressing

  • The juice of 2-3 limes (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp white wine or rice vinegar
  • pinch of salt (to taste)

Again whisk them up and enjoy.

Classic caesar salad dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Whisk first 6 ingredients in blender. Then slowly add the parmesan and add to salad immediately.

Lemon vinegarette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind

Mix all the ingredients together- its a good idea to use a clean jar and give the whole thing a good shake with the lid on, then it’s easy to store if you have excess too.

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