Gorgeous greens. Crisp veggies. Maybe some beans, a few nuts or even some fruit. You’ve carefully chosen your salad ingredients for great flavor and texture. Now boost the wow-factor with homemade dressing. You might be surprised at how easy it is to make a super-fresh, delicious salad dressing to top it off.
All you need is a few minutes, a few pantry-friendly ingredients and a simple ratio — 2 parts oil to 1 part acidic vinegar or juice, plus any seasonings or flavorings you like (or just salt and pepper) — to whip up a homemade dressing that puts the bottle to shame. And you know everything that goes into it, so you’ll have no surprises. (Except maybe how easy and tasty it is.)
Even the simplest dressing of all can be amazing if you layer the ingredients in the right order. Toss your salad with your favorite oil, then add some salt and pepper, then toss again. Finally, drizzle in a complementary vinegar or citrus juice and toss one last time. Delicious!
Here’s your Salad Dressing 101 cheat sheet — let’s get started!