(Natural News) When thousand island and ranch dressing have lost their appeal, you might want to drop by your favorite grocery to see what other options are available. You could do that, or you could take things into your own hands with some homemade dressing. By creating your own homemade salad dressing, you’re making sure that you know what’s been put into it. No secret sugar or sodium, no unwanted fats or salt. With the assistance of Prevention.com, all you get is tasty salad dressing that goes well with a bowl of crisp greens.
- Olive Oil – ¾ cup
- Red wine vinegar – ¼ cup
- Garlic – 1 clove
- Chopped or dried oregano – 1 tbsp
- Kosher salt – 1 tsp
- Freshly ground black pepper – ½ tsp
- Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese – 3 tbsp
In a quart mason jar, mix in the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can toss in grated Parmesan cheese if you like. Close the jar then shake well to combine all the ingredients.
- Raspberries – 1 ½ cup
- Plain yogurt – 1/3 cup
- Olive oil or grapeseed oil – 1/3 cup
- White vinegar – 3 tbsp
- Water – 1 tbsp
- Salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Honey – 2 tsp
Heat the raspberries and water in a sauce pan over medium heat. Keep this solution covered. After several minutes, use a fork to mash the raspberries and draw out the juices. Allow the mixture to gently bubble until the raspberries have softened completely before adding and stirring in honey. Pour the mixture in a container and place it in the refrigerator until it has cooled completely. Strain the mixture into a bowl to separate the pulp and the syrup. Combine the syrup with the remaining ingredients in a blender and then blend until smooth and creamy.
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Apple cider tahini dressing
- Tahini or almond butter – ¼ cup
- Apple cider vinegar – ½ tbsp
- Maple syrup – 1 tbsp
- Warm almond or coconut milk – 2 to 3 tbsp
- Sea salt – ¼ tsp
- Dash of black pepper
- Optional: Mustard powder – ¼ tsp
- Optional: Cumin – ¼ tsp
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor. If you prefer a thicker texture, then you can increase the amount of tahini. Pouring in more vinegar or oil will thin it out.
Cilantro lime dressing
- Cilantro leaves – 1 cup
- Plain Greek yogurt – ½ cup
- Minced garlic – 2 gloves
- Lime juice – 2 tbsp
- Salt – 1/8 tsp
- Olive oil – ¼ cup
Using a food processor, blend together the cilantro, yogurt, garlic, lime juice, and salt until smooth. Slowly add olive oil through the feed-tube while the motor is still running. Chill for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to mix together better.
Maple orange dressing
- Apple cider vinegar – 3 tbsp
- Fresh orange juice – ¼ cup
- Maple syrup – 3 tbsp
- Dijon mustard – 1 tbsp
- Olive oil – ½ cup
- Salt – ½ tsp
Add all the ingredients into a blend and then blend to your desired consistency.
Lemon ginger poppy seed dressing
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 3 tbsp
- Honey – 2 tbsp
- Grated fresh ginger – 1 tbsp
- Extra virgin olive oil – ½ cup
- Kosher salt – ¼ tsp
- Freshly ground pepper – ¼ tsp
- Poppy seeds – 1 ½ tsp
In a glass jar, place in all the ingredients. Seal the jar tightly before shaking well until all the ingredients have combined.
Making your own salad dressing is easy — easier than having to deal with salad dressing chock-full of unhealthy ingredients.
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