I went to buy salad dressing the other night and looked at the label.
Really? I get migraines and have digestive upsets from time to time. I don't need the likes of MSG in my diet.
I called my sister, and we talked salad dressing. I've made my own in the past, but I wanted to ask her if I was missing anything.
After hanging up, I got the supplies and made this salad dressing in 5 minutes flat. Seriously.
My kids, husband and friends all love it. There is something really fresh about a homemade salad dressing that takes a regular old salad to the next level - without dodgy flavor enhancers.
Here's how I made the dressing:
RosyLady's 5-Minute Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (RosyLady uses rice wine vinegar)
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 clove minced garlic
Salt & Pepper (I used a few grinds of the herb-infused salt & pepper my mother sent me)
Dump it all in a bowl and whisk. Then pour that into an old jam jar and let it sit in the fridge.
I find the longer it sits, the more the flavors meld. At first, it just tastes like vinegar, but after a few hours, it mellows. Then, if I need to add more salt, I will. It's really hard to tell when the dressing is first made. Also, I've made this dressing with walnut oil, and that really takes it up a notch.
Also, Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc is another great resource for simple things like dressing. He's got a handful of recipes, and his recipe for Garden Herb Vinaigrette actually uses equal parts vinegar (two kinds) and olive oil. I'll probably try that in the upcoming months.
This year I'd really like to eat more homemade, fresh food. We moved cross-country over the summer, and we got into some seriously bad eating habits. The road does that to even the best intentions and well-laid plans.
Now that we're settled, I'd like to slowly move from processed, packaged foods to homemade, simple foods. I know it will be a transition. I know I'll never rid our pantry of any packaged food. I know I'll still eat M&Ms. But I'd like to get my ratio of junk to real food to a more reasonable level.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week.