Five Healthier Salad Dressings You Can Make at Home
Salad is nothing without dressing.
But rather than reach for that bottle of store-bought vinaigrette, why not try whisking up your own? Not only is a homemade dressing much cheaper, but it's often healthier than its bottled counterpart.
"Bottled dressings contain added sugars and preservatives that take a healthy meal or salad and make it less nourishing than most people realize," says Andrew Balick, the chef de cuisine of DiLido Beach Club, the oceanfront restaurant and lounge at The Ritz-Carlton in Miami's South Beach.
Best of all, Balick says there’s no beating the taste of a dressing made from scratch. “Store bought salad dressings lack the fresh flavor of a simple homemade dressing or vinaigrette,” he claims, saying that fresh and/or organic ingredients can really make a difference.
Balick’s five favorite dressing recipes are listed below, many of which can be made from a few simple base ingredients. The chef recommends stocking up on the following: extra virgin olive oil, your preferred vinegars (such as sherry, rice wine, red wine and balsamic), some citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.), good Dijon mustard, fresh herbs, shallots, pepper and kosher salt.
So try one of these recipes on your salad tonight.