Getting your greens can seem like a pious mealtime obligation. But drizzling a delicious homemade dressing over salad makes it something to savor.
Vinaigrettes can be as basic as mixing together oil, vinegar and salt. From there, build flavor with herbs, spices, shallots and garlic. Play with oils and vinegars, too: olive, walnut, peanut or hazelnut oils; and balsamic, Champagne, and sherry vinegars or citrus juice.
Dreamy Creamy Dressings
Creamy dressings deliver a lush mouth-feel. From a base of sour cream, buttermilk, cream, yogurt or mayonnaise, creamy dressings are constructed with herbs, spices, shallots, and garlic. Cheese, pickles, chili sauce and other ingredients can add big flavor.
Daring to range beyond what the name implies, salad dressings often make marvelous marinades and dipping sauces. Oil and vinegar dressings are popular for marinating meats, but don't overlook dairy-based dressings: the gentle acids in dairy tenderize meats slowly.