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Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

It’s easy to get stuck in your own point of view. 

Nobody really means to do it, but it happens. 

It seems like a long time ago (probably because it was), I didn’t know how to cook. Oh sure, I could do basics like grilled cheese, or heating up soup. I did quite  a bit of baking, but I didn’t really know how to cook. I didn’t have confidence in the kitchen. 

Today, I could walk into your kitchen and whip up something tasty based on what you have on hand. And that skill didn’t develop overnight. It took years and years of practice, reading, studying, watching, asking questions….. 

Sometimes I forget that not everyone has had the same experience as I have. Not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. salad dressing being poured onto a salad

So I have to remind myself to go back to basics. 

And that’s what today is, back to basics. 

So. I don’t buy salad dressing. I buy caesar dressing at Costco for convenience, but other than that, you will never see a bottle of salad dressing in my house. 

I make it. From scratch. Because it’s really, really easy. And once you get the hang of it, it can be reproduced in an endless variety of ways. 

Do you know what the number 1 ingredient on many salad dressings is? Water. Yup. The ingredient that has the highest quantity in the recipe is freaking water. 

No thanks. 

All you need to make salad dressing are a few simple ingredients you may already have lying around your house. 

One thing that makes a big difference with your average salad dressing is making sure you have good quality ingredients. So good quality oil, good quality vinegar, good quality mustard. That will make a huge difference. 

Many traditional salad dressings, or vinaigrettes, are prepared with a 3-to-1 ratio of oil to vinegar (meaning 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar). I prefer mine to be closer to 50-50, basically equal parts olive oil and vinegar. 

And you don’t need to use vinegar; any kind of acid will work–like lemon or lime juice, or in this case, I used a flavoured apple cider vinegar. Balsamic of any kind is amazing, and they come in flavours as well. 

Similarly, mix up the kind of oil you use. Walnut–yum! Sesame? Toasty! 

See? The varieties and combinations are endless. 

Master this easy apple cider vinegar salad dressing recipe and it will give you a lifetime of delicious, healthy salads. 

a pretty green salad

Easy Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp good dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or less to taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-½ clove of garlic, minced
  • Method

Making Cocktails with Shrubs (Drinking Vinegar)

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog will know that I try to pack as much probiotics into my diet as I can in the form of yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, and even fermented drinks like kombucha (or at least I’m trying with the booch).

I was recently introduced to shrubs, or drinking vinegars. Like kombucha, they are fermented beverages, but unlike kombucha, they aren’t fizzy. They’re made from apple cider vinegar, which is a popular supplement these days that many people are taking. These are concentrated, so you just add a tablespoon or so to a glass, and then top it off with water or sparkling water. People drink apple cider vinegar for its health benefits, which includes helping to lower your blood sugar, and of course, those probiotics, which can help to aid in digestion and strengthen your immune system.

Making Cocktails with Shrubs (drinking vinegar)

You can buy them in a variety of different flavours, and they have that same puckery kind of taste that many people love kombucha for.

Now, you could obviously use these for health reasons. But I was curious as to what they would be like in a cocktail.

Probably my favourite cocktail is a classic sour. The idea is, you take a spirit, and then pair it with something sour/acidic, and balance that with something sweet. Sometimes there is also an egg white added to the mix, to give the cocktail a creamy consistency and a frothy head.

I normally use lemon or lime juice in my sours, so I was curious to see if the shrub could take the place of them in a cocktail. Turns out, it mades a delicious replacement!

I used aquafaba in my cocktails, as I’m not the hugest fan of using raw egg whites, but you can feel free to use them if you like. The aquafaba makes a great substitute, though.

The shrubs I’m using are from Route 18, a local business here in Vancouver that makes a variety of really fun flavours, including turmeric peach with ginger, raspberry and cherry cardamom. Uh, yum!

I made two different cocktails, based on the turmeric and the cherry shrubs.

Cocktails with Shrubs (Drinking Vinegar)

Cherry-Cardamom Sour

  • 1.5 oz bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 oz cherry cardamom shrub
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz aquafaba (or egg white)
  • maraschino cherry for garnish

Turmeric-Gin Sour

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 oz turmeric peach shrub
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz aquafaba (or egg white)
  • lemon wheel for garnish

Here’s how to make them: