May 19, 2010

do me a favor.

please don't ever fork out your hard-earned cash for salad dressing.

i eat my fair share of bunny food, so how to i affort all that dressing, and stay healthy?

i make my own!
making your own salad dressing at home is super-cheap, quick, and much healthier than store-bought.
(unless you're into HFCS and "binders..." then nevermind!) 

well, now what?
go grab your favorite dressing from the fridge.
yeah, the one you couldn't live without? that one.
i'll wait...


back with me?
ok, good.

what type of dressing is it? vinaigrette? creamy? fruity? herbed?
check your ingredients. most-likely, you have what it takes to make it in your fridge.
for free.
most dressings can be made in the blender in about ten seconds, no magic required.
sounds real difficult, right?
yeah, you can thank me later.

some favorites:
caesar and vegan caesar, for my lovely veg-heads :)
homemade ranch, and the vegan version
my personal favorite, honey-mustard
carrot-ginger, good enough to buy miso for
classic balsamic vinaigrette
thai peanut

so there you go! a few good recipes to get your brains and blenders moving.
i love how when you make dressing yourself, you can choose exactly what you're in the mood for, and can adapt to what you have. the possibilities are endless!

next time you make a salad, don't run to the store! just open your fridge.

your turn! what's your favorite dressing? do you buy it or make it?
and any you'd like to see a recipe for?
- rebekah


  1. Ooh YAY thank you for these recipes! I want to try the maple basil and the honey mustard. I love Annie's honey mustard but homemade sounds a billion times better. I'll let you know how mine turn out!

  2. Lemon or lime juice. That's ALL a good-quality salad needs for it taste amazing to me. It stems from the fact that I never had dairy when I was little and I don't like vinegar, so my sister and I would squeeze lemon on our salads instead. Occasionally I add a dash of pepper and/or sesame seeds, but I'm very minimalistic when it comes to salad dressing. :P

  3. just wanted to say i love your honesty and openness girl!! praying for you always!

  4. These are great! I've been looking for something like this...but do you know of any that really have A LOT of lemon..and like olive mom has been on to those two ingedients and wants a dressing made out of it..but i'm like dude! i don't know what goes with "A LOT OF LEMON AND OLIVE OIL" thanks. :)

  5. My favorite is Caesardressing and also I like fresh squeezed lime!!!

  6. Why bother with a blender? Most dressings can be put together quickly with a small whisk and bowl. Cleanup is faster and it is less of a chore -- almost as easy as shaking the bottle you have to take out of the refrigerator.

  7. I admit sometimes I buy salad dressing, but now I have been saving old bottles to make MY OWN, bc i make bombarse balsamic. I also can not live without balsamic vinegarrrrrr.

  8. anon - i don't know about you, but i'm not a fan of big chunks of basil or garlic on my food. that's just me.

    if you're into that, enjoy!

  9. im so with you! i ALWAYS make my own, no exceptions. okay.. maybe sometimes.. but its a plus anyways.. less oil and i can choose more of what i love.

    i love the list of recipes u gave us. time now to do a lil searching. thanks <3

  10. Great, great, great! I don't usually eat much dressing on my salads but I made a homemade dressing for the first time a few days ago and it was SO easy and delicious. Now I'm going to make my dressings instead of buying them. :D

  11. I've made a few different recipes of balsamic vinaigrette... I never thought of using the blender, though. I always would just skip the garlic! How did I not think of it?

    Anyway, thanks for the recipes! I definitely want to try those flavors of dressings, but I've been scared away from the commercial dressings by the costs. For a good reason, I guess! :D


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