Saturday, April 12, 2014

Making it up as you go...(Part 2 - Salad Dressing)

Salad dressing has become my nemesis lately. I'm a total cheapskate when it comes to food for the most part, and it seems nearly impossible to find a gluten/dairy/soy/nut/artificial sugar--free salad dressing that doesn't seem to cost a million dollars. I'm also weird about said salad dressing staying in the fridge too long because I'm convinced it will go bad (even though my husband tells me otherwise). I've found a few options I like, but I won't buy it unless I know it will be gone within a week....which means I never buy it.

So yesterday, I really wanted to have a salad for lunch at work. I knew we had no dressing, and I was honestly more concerned about my new co-workers thinking I was weird for eating a "dry" salad than I was about actually eating said "dry" salad. I had made salad dressing for Thanksgiving one year with red wine vinegar and some type of sunflower oil, so I figured olive oil and apple cider vinegar should work similarly. I figured I could put it in a small container and simply shake it up prior to putting it on my salad.

I didn't measure, I simply put approximately equal portions of apple cider vinegar and olive oil in a container. After looking at it, it didn't seem fancy enough, so I added some salt.... still not good enough. I hunted through our spice cabinet and came to rest on italian seasoning. If I added that, it would be the same thing as italian dressing, right?

With zero time to look up an actual recipe to ensure I was even close to being on the right track, I simply grabbed, shook a bunch in there, closed the container and hoped.

It was actually quite good. I definitely overdid the seasoning, but I'm sure I could come up with an excellent standby if I looked up a recipe so at the very least I could eyeball correct proportions.

I may never buy salad dressing again...

Have you ever made your own salad dressing? Do you have any great recipes to share? Do you have any utter failures? I'd love to hear about them all!

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