Salad is a meal favorite in our household in the summer. Not only because it is cool and light, but because it will have all kinds of fresh vegetables in it from the garden. Since we have so many salads, I like to have a variety of salad dressings so we don't get tired of eating veggies and greens.
Today I want to share with you three of my favorite vinaigrette salad dressing recipes. They are not just your same ole, same ole! They are unique and unusual flavors in the salad dressing world! One thing about making vinaigrettes is that you have to tailor them to your own taste. More vinegar if you like tart, more honey or agave if you want it more sweet, and so on. This is one of the best things about making your own salad dressing. You can truly make it to your own taste. Just don't forget to write it down once you get your perfect blend!
Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette
- 1 small clove of garlic minced
- 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
- 2/3 cup oil (your choice, I use vegetable)
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
In a clean jar or small bowl add the vinegar, garlic, mustard and mix well
Slowly add the oil while either whisking or blending on medium speed
Add the parsley, OId bay, thyme, salt and pepper
Makes 1 cup and will keep in the fridge for up to a month
Sriracha Hot and Sweet Vinaigrette
In a small mason jar combine the soy sauce, pepper, parsley, vinegar, oil, 1 teaspoon of sriracha and 1 tablespoon agave
Secure lid on jar and shake well.
Add sriracha sauce and agave 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you attain your preferred amount of heat and sweet.
Make sure to shake the jar vigorously when you are adding to test the flavor.
Shake well before using
Keeps in the refrigerator for about two weeks
I prefer to use agave nectar over honey because it will tone down the tartness and heat without changing the flavor. Some people like the taste of honey in this dressing, you will have to test each to find out your preference. If you like a lot of heat and a really "in your face" flavor, you can make this vinaigrette without using any type of sweetner. It is pretty hot, but you can tone down the heat by adding a few more tablespoons of oil. This recipe is really an individual taste type of thing. The way you like it may not be the way I would.
Honey Orange Vinaigrette
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1 to 2 tablespoon honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
- 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
If you prefer a smooth dressing, puree ingredients in a blender, but if you prefer more texture, simply whisk
Store in the refrigerator with a tight fitting lid for up to a week
Unsure How to Zest? See the Video Below:
Don't be afraid to experiment, you may end up with something delicious! If you have a salad dressing that you really love, please share it in the comments.
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