Thursday, August 18, 2011

French Salad Dressing

We buy a lot of things. Mainly because we can't make everything and we don't have time to make everything even if we wanted to. Right? But there are certain things I don't understand why people buy. People buy yogurt when it is so easy to make at home. Then there are these Salad dressings. Come to think of it, I can understand why people would want to buy bagged salads. Yes, it saves a lot of time and is great on the go. But Salad dressing? All you need is to mix oil and acid and flavorings, salt, pepper or something to give heat and shake it in a bottle. How hard is that? You buy the salad dressing, you have to store it in the refrigerator after opening. You make the salad dressing, you keep it in the refrigerator. So, what is the difference here? Yes, there is one big difference, there are no preservatives in the salad dressing you made. So, you will have to use it up within a week. I have never bought salad dressing till date. Here is another dressing if you want to try make it.
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Adapted from - 365 Easy Vegetarian Recipes
Canola Oil - 1/2 cup
Red Wine Vinegar - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Paprika - 1/2 tsp
Cayanne - 1/2 tsp (I used 1 tsp of hot sauce since I like heat)
Dry mustard - 1/2 tsp (I used 1 tsp of spicy mustard)
Sugar - 1 tsp

Take all of the ingredients in a bottle. Cover with the lid and shake very well. Dressing will settle. Shake before every use. Keep it refrigerated and use within a week.

Salad you see in the picture has cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, Red onions garnished with sweetened dried cranberries.

Want to see other Vinaigrette recipes? Salsa Vinaigrette, Buttermilk Salad dressing,
Italian Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette.

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  1. Ooh, yummy! I think if I'd made this...I'd reduce the oil a bit and switch it to olive oil!

    It looks delish! Love French dressing!

  2. Wow that looks absolutely tempting

  3. great post... Wonderful recipe and TERRIFIC sentiment. I emptied out my bottles of dressing about a year ago from the fridge and never looked back!

    Easy and fast!

  4. This will make a quick turn around dressing while busy preparing the salad. It looks heavenly enticing.

  5. yes u r true..why buy stuffs that u can easily make it at home...home cooked and made are the best...
    nice dressing dear and the salad looks very tempting.

  6. Salad looks absolutely tempting..nice dressing.

  7. Love the colours. Yes even I dont like to buy dressing not only are they expensive here they have the same taste day in and out. I'd rather make small batch and vary it every other day. you know add some ingredients or remove some. depends on my moods.
    I will definitely make this dressing but either with olive or rice barn oil.

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