Olive Oil Salad Dressing with Garlic and Lemon
For sure olive oil salad dressing recipes are one of the most popular kinds, because there is so much you can do with olive oil to make wonderful dressings for your favorite salads. Take the following olive oil salad dressing for example; the olive oil is combined with garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper for a simple yet delicious salad dressing which is fantastic drizzled over any shredded salad greens or fresh spinach leaves. It is also delicious over hot steamed broccoli.
Although the recipe calls for extra-virgin olive oil, you can make this with regular olive oil if that is all you have. Extra-virgin olive oil is usually better for making olive oil salad dressing recipes though, since it has a more delicate flavor. You can combine three parts olive oil with one part vinegar for a classic vinaigrette dressing, or add lemon or lime juice, or even ingredients like chili powder or other spices. Olive oil is a great base for your homemade salad dressings.
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best results. Bottled lemon juice is all right if you are adding a couple of drops to a cookie or cake recipe, but when so much of the flavor of the dressing comes from the lemon juice, it is worth using fresh juice for top-quality results.
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 minced garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Put the oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and black pepper in a jar.
- Screw on the lid tightly.
- Shake the jar vigorously for a minute or until the lemon juice and olive oil have blended together.
- If you do not have a jar you can whisk the ingredients in a dish or measuring cup instead.
It is true that olive oil salad dressing recipes are very popular. Olive oil has a distinctive flavor and goes really nicely with almost any salad. The above recipe is quick and easy to make and many times better than any dressing you can buy. The parsley in the photo is not used in the recipe but if you would like to use it, simply chop a few parsley leaves and add them to the dressing before shaking it. Alternatively use sprigs of fresh parsley (or cilantro or basil) to garnish your finished salad and add a splash of color. Fresh herbs make any salad look more appealing.
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