While there are some amazingly delicious salad dressings out there these days I prefer to make my own. Sometimes you have to cave and go store bought but if you have a little extra time these are well worth a little extra effort. It is so easy to make these salad dressings and the taste is so delicious and fresh. They will keep for a few days to a week in the fridge (Ball Jar or Good Seasons Cruet Jar; sold in almost every supermarket.) Also the kitchen stores and Amazon sell some awesome salad dressing containers.
For all of the dressing, I throw all the ingredients in a mini food processor, whole garlic and allThis one is my most favorite go-to dressing:
My Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
about 1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced garlic (about two small cloves)
1 egg yolk (unless you’re spooked about raw egg, in which case you can omit and substitute with about a tablespoon of mayo. I always use egg.)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt to start and you can always add more add the end but I never do
1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
First, I put the garlic in the processor, then add everything but the olive oil. Give it a good whirl, mixing all ingredients together. Then add olive oil slowly; it will emulsify and you can taste and add salt and pepper to taste and adjust the Dijon to your liking. You may start with less and add. An option is to squeeze in a little lemon juice. I am pretty true to this recipe and it always rewards. Feel free to double up.
This is awesome over almost any greens.
Keep excess in fridge for about 3 or 4 days.
Caesar Salad Dressing
Again I put all ingredients in mini or regular processor
2 cloves garlic
1 egg yolk
fresh ground black pepper
4-5 anchovies (I like it salty and use 5)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon (heaping) I like a lot Dijon Mustard
grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is always best)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
First, I chop garlic then add anchovies to the processor, and mix together. Then add lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and egg yolk. I mix all together, and then slowly add olive oil in, mix together and taste for salt, because the anchovies and mustard give it a lot of salt and kick. You can always add more salt, but you can’t take it away. Add pepper.
For the Salad:
Pour dressing on about two heads of romaine. I’ve stretched it to 3 and I know they sell 3 heads in a bag–it’s a bit skimpy, but doable. Mix together and right before serving, add cheese; or let everyone do their own with a hand grater!
I buy Organic Romaine heads (3 in a package). I prefer organic.