4 HEALTHY SALAD DRESSINGS FOR EVERYDAY USELeonardo Olive Oil June 29, 2015 Cooking with Olive Oil, DIY 3205 Views
Search for healthy food on Google and tons of salad recipes come tumbling out of the vast internet landscape. While there is little doubt that a huge salad a day will pretty much keep any health vice at bay, there is a tiny detail that many health aficionados ignore even today i.e. Salad Dressing.
Most Indians purchase store bought, fancy salad dressings while in reality it is pretty easy to whip up a salad dressing in almost no time and with minimum ingredients and effort. Also, the home made salad dressing is far tastier and much healthier than any store bought dressing can ever dream of being. We have listed some of our favourite salad dressings below. You can use these with any salad you like, though we have mentioned our favourite salads as well (just in case).
Mostly people are familiar with French dressing, also commonly referred to by its French name Vinaigrette.
There are many variations of French dressing, and most people have their own favourite combinations. Oil and Vinegar are the primary ingredients to which herbs and flavourings can be added. Olive oil is a must for authentic tasting dressing; vegetable oil, although much cheaper, will not taste the same, and uses a wine vinegar rather than malt. As with most recipes, even ones that only contain two ingredients, there are disagreements as to the correct proportions of oil and vinegar. The proportion should thus be based on personal preferences.
- 4 tbs Leonardo olive oil
- 1 tbs white wine vinegar
What could be easier? Put the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small screw top jar and shake until the two liquids have combined. After a while the oil and vinegar will separate again. If you want an out-of-the-box dressing, try adding a little mustard, or some fresh herbs like basil, mint, parsley or chives. An alternative to using vinegar is to use lemon juice.
Make as above, but add half a finely crushed clove of garlic.
Cilantro- Lime Vinaigrette
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons Leonardo Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Honey Dijon Balsamic Dressing
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Leonardo olive oil
Whisk together honey and thedijon mustard. Slowly incorporate balsamic vinegar and finally the olive oil. Note, the most preferred is a 1:1 ratio of balsamic to olive oil but if that’s too strong for you, add another tablespoon of olive oil. You are encouraged to play around with the proportions to find ratios that work for you. Keep the measuring spoons away, and your taste buds on call!