There are millions of recipes for dressing out there but, with a renewed focus on trying to eat better I have been living with an increased awareness of the salad. I am not a salad hater; bacon bits are not the benchmark of a good bowl of the greens, and croutons are not necessary (although they are a great way to get use the last vestiges of a high priced loaf). Dressing however, is a mandatory on salad for me. I must admit without a good dressing I find salad to be less justifiable. I know the purists out there will argue that good greens can stand on their own, but “De gustibus non est disputandum” (there is no disputing about tastes).

The herbs are variable based on taste for the dressing I am promoting, but the cost savings and overall particulars should result in a pleasurable and tasty green eating session.


1/2 cup of decent olive oil

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (I like the sweetened stuff)

1/4 cup of lemon juice

1 clove of minced garlic

2 tablespoons of dijon mustard (I cheat and sometimes use whatever I have)

big pinch of dried basil (use fresh if you want to)

half a big pinch of oregano (see above)

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper


Place ingredients in a non metal mixing bowl and mix vigorously with a whisk or fork.

Pour into a serving container, or serve in the mixing bowl with a spoon.

Put leftovers in a recycled, clean, store bought salad dressing bottle and refrigerate. Remember to take it out of the fridge a little while before using (the olive oil becomes a bit cloudy in the fridge).

Create your own custom label, and steal some market share from the big guys and gals of dressing, or buy one super expensive bottle and impress your friends with your conspicuous consumption during the down turn.

An aside:

Xanthan gum originates from a similar bacteria that causes greens to deteriorate and turn black and gooey in your fridge (you know this has happened to you with that bag of spinach purchased with the best intentions). It is also a key ingredient in that favorite childhood toy “Slime” as well as being an excellent laxative. Mixing salad dressing with a laxative and adding it to a salad is a neat idea, be sure to keep a look out for my prune juice and Ducolax brownies. Just putting it out there that making your own dressing is a tasty way of cutting down on your consumption of this interesting FDA approved ingredient.



One Response to “vinaigrette”

  1. Julie Arenson Says:

    I will never eat store bought xanthan gum dressing ever ever again!!!!

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