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How to Make Salad Dressing

I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food, and I've cooked family meals for over 60 years.

It's so Easy, You'll Be Kicking Yourself for Not Making Your Own Home Made Salad Dressing Years Ago!

I learnt how to make this delicious French-style salad dressing from my father. He was a great gourmet, and loved his food, and I can see him now, adding a bit of this and a bit of that to make up this aromatic salad dressing or vinaigrette.

Home-Made Salad Dressing

If You Normally Use Mayonnaise at Home, You Are in For a Pleasant Surprise When You Try This French Salad Dressing

Naturally I have my own version, and doubtless, once you have learned how to make it, you will add your own embellishments - that's what's so good about cookery - it's a living, progressing art form, and you are about to be swept up in it, to create wonderful salads, just to your own taste.

French Salad Dressing - the Finished Product

French Salad Dressing - the Finished Product

Before You Start Here Are a Few Words About the Ingredients for Making a Salad Dressing at Home:

Precise measurements are not essential for this recipe, so, although the ideal is to fill your salad dressing pourer with a mixture of half olive oil and half vinegar, you may choose to use more vinegar and less oil, for dietary reasons, or more oil and less vinegar, because you've run out of vinegar - see what I mean?

The Main ingredients:

  • You will need sufficient olive oil and vinegar to fill or half-fill your salad dressing pourer
  • I use balsamic vinegar which I only discovered about 7 years ago, but you can use ordinary malt vinegar and it will still taste good. Balsamic vinegar tastes slightly sweeter and more aromatic than malt vinegar, but is a lot more expensive

Subsidiary Ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (optional)
  • A few drops of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • A few drops of soy sauce (optional)
  • A sprig of thyme or a few basil leaves and/or a sprig of rosemary
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • A few crushed chilli seeds or a tiny chilli (optional)
  • A squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Method for Making Salad Dressing:

  • Pour the oil and vinegar into the salad dressing bottle
  • Stir the mustard, sugar and a little of the vinegar in a small dish or egg cup
  • Optionally you can add a good squeeze of lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoonful of salt, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and or soy sauce
  • When well mixed, pour them into the bottle
  • Peel and crush the garlic, and cut it up into small pieces
  • Add the garlic and herbs (including a very small amount of chili if you like a slightly piquant flavour) to the bottle, put the stopper in, and, holding the stopper in place, shake the bottle vigorously to mix the ingredients

NB: The oil always rises to the top - this is quite normal, so the salad dressing bottle always needs to be shaken up immediately before use.

You'll need a Salad Dressing Bottle like this:

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Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on February 03, 2016:

I've pinned and yum'd your recipe and can't wait to try it. I've just recently learned to love balsamic vinegar, so I know I'll love this salad dressing.

oliversmum from australia on December 23, 2013:

Diana Grant Hi. Love the look and sound of your Salad Dressing Recipe. Its looks easy to make as well. It is Summer here so it will be a great dressing to have on hand. Thanks for sharing it with us. Thumbs up and very useful. :) :)