Making Salad Dressing

salad dressing recipes

The point of a dressing is to ‘tart up’ a salad, making it more interesting than the sum of its parts. However there are some recipes making salad dressing the star of the show and the other ingredients are merely the bit players.

Making salad dressing recipes couldn’t be any easier, so develop a repertoire of favourites you can knock up quickly and easily any time you need, using store cupboard staple ingredients. A salad dressing maker makes the process even simpler and comes with its own repertoire of recipes on the side.

Vinaigrettes are mostly made up of oil and vinegar in a standard 3:1 ratio. Using different oils and vinegars can result in vastly different favours, particularly once you start adding extra seasoning and flavourings such as lemon juice or herbs.

Creamy salad dressing recipes are usually based around mayonnaise and often have a little water added to give a looser consistency.

Traditional salad dressing recipes

These are well known staples that can most easily be made with a handy salad dressing maker.

Ranch dressing

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • A small handful each of fresh parsley and dill, finely chopped
  • Juice of half a lemon

Add the ingredients and a good seasoning of salt and freshly ground black pepper to the salad dressing maker, shake well to combine and keep in the refrigerator until needed. Works well with BBQ meats and a green salad.

Marie Rose dressing

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Add all the ingredients to the salad dressing maker with a couple of teaspoons of water. Shake to combine and serve immediately.

Wild salad dressing recipes

These have a bit of a kick, that works well with prawn, avocado or spinach based salads.

Wasabi dressing

  • 2 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon clear honey

Add all the ingredient to a salad dressing maker, shake well and set aside until you are ready to serve.

Asian dressing

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped finely
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

All the ingredients to your salad dressing maker and shake well to combine. This dressing can be served immediately or kept in the fridge until the next day if you fancy a hotter flavour – the chilli gets stronger if allowed to sit in the liquid.

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