Green Your Life: Delicious Homemade Salad Dressings

| 11/19/2010 12:57:32 PM

Cold-weather comfort foods are warm, thick, heavy and good for dispelling a chill, but sometimes they leave me feeling weighed down and sluggish. That’s why I opt for a lighter meal once in a while, replacing a stew or meaty dish with a large, luscious salad. To ensure full salad satisfaction, I enjoy it with some grilled chicken and a full-bodied and flavorful dressing of my own creation. Homemade dressing means less packaging waste—storing them in corked bottles is a great way to repurpose extra glass—and fewer unnecessary preservatives and chemicals, as well as a dressing tailored specifically to your tastes. Plus, with olive oil as a main ingredient, you can feel free to drizzle a few extra spoonfuls over top and still eat healthy. Try each of these three effortless salad dressing recipes, or make one up yourself and post it in the comments box below. 

homemade salad dressings 
Variety is the spice of life, so shake up your old salad routine and whip up a batch of one (or more) of these three delectable dressings. From left: tangy balsamic vinaigrette, “Almost Famous” Italian dressing and grapefruit and mint vinaigrette. Photo By Dani Hurst. 

Tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette(a variation of my mom’s original recipe) 

2/3 cup balsamic vinegar 
1/3 cup olive oil 
2 tablespoons spicy mustard 
1 tablespoon honey 

Blend all ingredients together in food processor or whisk in a small bowl. For a thicker dressing, add the olive oil slowly while blending or whisking. 

“Almost Famous” Italian Dressing