Fresh Parmesan Garlic Salad Dressing
After tasting this wonderful parmesan garlic salad dressing, you will never want to use a store-bought salad dressing again. After making it, be sure to chill it for a few hours minimum, then shake it before using, to mix it up. You can either drizzle this over mixed salad leaves or your favorite salad, or you can even use it as a marinade for chicken before you grill it, by soaking your chicken for two or three hours in the mixture. Discard it once you have removed the raw chicken, to avoid cross-contamination.
As a salad dressing, this is a highly flavored mixture which complements pretty much all kinds of salads. Use Agave nectar instead of the sugar if you prefer it. Use freshly grated parmesan (grate your own) rather than buying the pre-grated parmesan from the grocery store, since most of those have a poor flavor. You can pulse this salad dressing in a blender a couple of times, just briefly, to get the ingredients really well-blended. You could also do it in a food processor but beware of over-mixing. You do not want a frothy parmesan garlic salad dressing, just a smooth one.
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 splash balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Pinch each of salt and black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar.
- Shake well, then pulse it quickly twice in the blender or food processor to get it really well blended.
- You can omit the last bit if you do not have a blender or food processor; just make sure you shake it well to combine everything.
This delicious salad dressing could not be simpler to make, since you just have to combine the ingredients and that is all. The key flavors in here are parmesan and garlic, and the addition of lemon, basil and oregano stretches the flavor even more and gives it complex notes. Try this with baby spinach or mixed leaves, or drizzle it over tomatoes and mozzarella. Making your own salad dressing is always better than using a commercially prepared kind. There is no contest really. Make this, notice how fresh it tastes and you will always want to prepare your own 5-minute dressings in future.
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