How to make the perfect salad dressing every time

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    how to make any basic salad dressing

    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.

     

    Vinaigrette dressing

    viniagrette

    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

    • Rapeseed
    • Olive
    • Grapeseed
    • Bacon fat

    Whisk in three parts of oil.

    PICK A FLAVOUR (OR TWO!)
    • Herbs
    • Shallots
    • Mustard
    • Chilli
    • Honey
    • Garlic

    Whisk in your chosen flavour(s), tasting as you go. Season with black pepper and more salt if desired.

     

    Creamy dressing

    creamy viniagrette

    Basic recipe: 3 parts creamy ingredient + 1 part flavour + liquid to thin

     

    PICK ONE CREAMY INGREDIENT (THREE PARTS)

    • Greek yoghurt
    • Crème fraîche
    • Sour cream
    • Mayo

    PICK A FLAVOUR (OR TWO!)

    • Herbs
    • Garlic
    • Blue cheese
    • Spring onions
    • Honey
    • Mustard
    • Anchovies
    • Chilli sauce
    • Soy sauce

    Whisk in your chosen flavour(s), tasting as you go.

    PICK ONE LIQUID

    • Lemon or lime juice
    • Buttermilk
    • Water

    Add enough liquid to thin until the dressing coats a leaf of lettuce. Season with black pepper and more salt if desired.