The Very Best Salad Dressing Recipes
Salad dressing is the name given to a sauce which is served with salad recipes. The three main types of salad dressing are vinaigrette, creamy dressings, and cooked dressings. Vinaigrette is based on oil and vinegar, and often features seasonings for flavor, creamy dressings are often based on mayonnaise or sour cream, and cooked dressings often contain egg yolk.
Although consuming your recommended daily quota vegetables might seem like a tedious mealtime obligation, using the right salad dressing can change all that and make eating salad recipes a joy rather than a chore. You might like to make a delicious vinaigrette with olive, peanut, hazelnut or walnut oil, and sherry, balsamic or Champagne vinegar, as well as a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Add some garlic, shallots, or spices and you will have a heavenly vinaigrette which will liven up any greens.
If you prefer the lush mouth-feel of a creamy salad dressing, then begin with mayonnaise, buttermilk, cream, or yogurt, and add spices, herbs, garlic, or shallots. Other ingredients like pickles, chili sauce, or sauce can add big flavor. Creamy dressings go with a wide range of salads.
Cooked salad dressings usually feature egg yolks, and might also call for cream, mustard, salt, and other seasonings. These are usually cooked gently over a double boiler or on the stove and you must watch them all the time because this type of dressing can turn from a runny liquid to extra-thick in the blink of an eye.
Famous Salad Dressings
So how many famous salad dressing recipes can you think of? Caesar dressing, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, vinaigrette, French dressing, Italian dressing, Thousand Island dressing, and Louis dressing are just a few examples.
Perhaps you go for ranch dressing nine times out of ten, enjoy the tang of a honey and lemon dressing, or prefer Italian salad dressing, or maybe you enjoy trying out different dressings on different salads, and making your own. Famous salad dressings can be paired with any kind of salad you want to make, or you can pair a Caesar dressing with a Caesar salad, or an Italian dressing with Italian salad vegetables. The reason some dressings become famous is because they are so good, but rather than just grab a bottle, why not make your own?
Homemade Salad Dressings are Best
When it comes to comparing store-bought salad dressings with homemade ones, the difference is evident. Store-bought dressings tend to contain sugar, chemicals, preservatives, colorants, and other undesirable ingredients. Homemade dressings taste fresher and contain better quality ingredients.
If you are going to spend time making a delicious salad recipe, then bear in mind the dressing you select can make or break the salad. There is no point in making a wonderful fresh salad and then drizzling a low-quality dressing over it.
It is far better to make your own dressing, and do not worry if you have never made dressing before either, because it is very simple. You usually just need to shake or whisk a few ingredients together, and nothing more.
Ensure Your Salad Dressing is a Success
The best salad dressing recipes are those made with love and care, as well as the best quality ingredients. If you choose your recipe wisely, make sure you have the right ingredients and take care to make it correctly, then there is no way your homemade salad dressing recipe can fail.
If a recipe calls for fresh or dried herbs, then use fresh if you have them. If the recipe requires orange juice then use freshly squeezed orange juice if you can. Use extra-virgin olive oil and not cheap sunflower oil (save that for deep-frying). The little touches like this will give your homemade salad dressings a superior flavor.
Some ingredients are interchangeable. If the recipe calls for Champagne vinegar, then white wine vinegar will taste the same in the dressing. You can even make your own Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar by leaving Champagne or white wine in an open-mouthed container for a few weeks, until it stops tasting like wine and starts tasting like vinegar. Cover the jar with muslin to keep bugs and dust out.
Salad Dressings for Every Taste
All salad dressings are different but they tend to be thinner than hummus, salsa, or other dips (although you could serve a dip as a salad dressing). There are spicy dressings, plain dressings, creamy ones, fruity ones, cheesy ones, and so much more.
There really is a salad dressing recipe for every palate, and making your own salad dressings means you get to choose exactly what goes into them and exactly how they taste and what their texture is like. Once you discover how easy it is to make your own, you will never want to buy bottled ones from the store again.
So, enjoy browsing our extensive collection of the best salad dressing recipes and happy cooking!
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