Last summer I started searching online for a salad dressing I could make myself. I suppose we'd run out of store-bought dressing and I'd already made the rest of the salad. What I didn't know that day is the recipe I used would become a staple for salads around here, and change how I thought about dressing.
There's really nothing like fresh salad dressing - something recently made without all the preservatives. Last month I posted this Simple Balsamic Dressing, and this month I've got something a little more springy. I know Spring doesn't officially start until later this month, but I know we've got a few warm days that will be mixed in so let's be prepared for them!
For starters, I keep my dressings in an old bacon bits jar, which works great for size so that it lasts a few weeks but not too long. Plus these bacon bits are pretty great if you like to use those in salads. They cost a little more than other brands, but I think of it as I'm also buying the awesome jar.
You can rip off the paper, and goo gone works wonders to get the gross sticky stuff off.
I throw them in the dishwasher to get them good and disinfected since there used to be meat there.
The ingredients for this recipe are as follows:
salt and pepper
I wrote the original recipe and followed it strictly the first few times, but now I just guesstimate and do things a little differently to how I like them.
When I make this, first I toss in the garlic. I'm lazy and use that stuff in the jar a lot of times, but I'm sure fresh garlic would taste much better!
Then I throw in the mustard. I've found it is hard to dissolve the mustard in the liquid, so I try to stir it in with the garlic first.
Then I add the lemon juice.
Then the salt...and I don't like doing extra dishes, so as you see here you can keep your mustard spoon! ;)
Then add the pepper to taste. Tyler eats the Balsamic dressing. Since this one's mine, that means LOTS of pepper!
I love pepper!
First mix in the salt and pepper, then add the olive oil.
It looks so pretty and green!
I've been using this olive oil for about 2 years and really like it! It isn't such a bad price for such a large container that lasts us for months.
Then put the lid back on and shake everything together! I love the color of this dressing!
If you want the exact measurements for this recipe, check out the source HERE! I love that this is so simple, and I pretty much always have all of the ingredients so I can make this anytime we need it!