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.
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.
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.
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