Homemade salad dressings are cheaper, healthier and — let’s be honest — much tastier than shop-bought versions. Whether you like a vinaigrette style or prefer a creamier dressing, read on for our so-simple step-by-step guide to creating and customising your own dressings.
Basic recipe: 1 part acid + 3 parts oil + flavour to taste
PICK ONE ACID
- Vinegar (white wine, red wine, cider, balsamic)
- Citrus (lemon or lime juice)
Dissolve a pinch of salt into one part of acid.
PICK ONE OIL
- Bacon fat
Whisk in three parts of oil.
Whisk in your chosen flavour(s), tasting as you go. Season with black pepper and more salt if desired.
Basic recipe: 3 parts creamy ingredient + 1 part flavour + liquid to thin
PICK ONE CREAMY INGREDIENT (THREE PARTS)
- Greek yoghurt
- Crème fraîche
- Sour cream
PICK A FLAVOUR (OR TWO!)
- Blue cheese
- Spring onions
- Chilli sauce
- Soy sauce
Whisk in your chosen flavour(s), tasting as you go.
PICK ONE LIQUID
- Lemon or lime juice
Add enough liquid to thin until the dressing coats a leaf of lettuce. Season with black pepper and more salt if desired.