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salad dressingA couple of weeks ago I posted a salad and dressing recipe challenge. Here are my three favorite dressing submissions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!  Let me know what your favorite is and stay tuned for the salad recipes.Creamy Basil Powerhouse Dressing
-Rachel, Creston BC

  • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 good olive oil mayonaisse
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar (or any other wine vinegar of your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 clove galic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients in the blender or food processor until pureed (and a gorgeous green colour!). Allow flavours to “mingle” a few hours before serving. You can use this dressing on any salad but it is particularly awesome on potato or pasta salads.

Lemon Herb Dressing
-Meghan, Sunshine Coast BC

  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • ¼ of a preserved lemon, rinsed and chopped (optional but delicious)
  • 1-2 Tbs miso
  • 1-2 Tbs tahini
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbs vinegar (eg. apple cider, white balsamic, white wine or rice wine vinegar)
  • 4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (e.g. Parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme, mint) (optional)

Place everything in a blender (I use a hand blender), except herbs if using and puree until smooth. Add herbs and blend again. Thin with water if necessary. Taste and add more oil, vinegar or honey depending on your preference.

Maple Balsamic Dressing (from the Whitewater Cookbook)
Naomi, Nanaimo BC

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Enjoy!

Making your own salad dressings, rather than buying them pre-made, is cheaper and potentially healthier, as you are in control of exactly what goes into them.  

Here are a few of my favourite dressings. For most of them, the only tools you need are measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a plastic squeeze bottle or glass jar. To help you decide on the best choice of vegetable oil to use, see my post on cooking oils

Maple Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil (olive, canola, or oil of your choosing)
  • 2-3 teaspoons maple syrup, sugar, or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow or dijon mustard (to emulsify the oil and vinegar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Shake the ingredients together in a bottle, or whisk by hand. Makes 3/4 cups of dressing.

Miso Sesame Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup light miso paste (check the ingredients if you are gluten-intolerant. Some are made with wheat, some with rice)
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce (choose a gluten-free version if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pinch of ground ginger

Dissolve the miso paste in the water. Add the remaining ingredients and shake together in a bottle, or whisk by hand. Makes 3/4 cups of dressing.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 1/2 medium lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (to emulsify the oil and lemon juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup oil (olive, canola, or oil of your choosing)
  • 1 tsp sugar, honey, or maple syrup (optional)

Shake ingredients together in a bottle, or whisk by hand.  Makes 3/4 cups of dressing.

Try this dressing on: Seafood salad with lemon vinaigrette, apricots, and fresh herbs.

Raspberry Vinaigrette: (you will need a blender or food processor for this one)

  • 1/2 cup fresh (or thawed from frozen) raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup, or sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive or canola oil
  • Salt and pepper

Blend the raspberries, vinegar, shallot and honey in a blender or food processor. Slowly blend in the oil to make a dressing of a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1 cup of dressing.

Try this dressing on: Chicken, feta, and raspberry salad

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