“Do you know a good salad dressing?” she asked me. “Because everything I google has like 15 ingredients and half of them I don’t even have in my house.” Salad dressing? But that’s so easy, I said. I stopped using bottled dressing because a) they have way too many crappy artificial ingredients, and b) I don’t like the tastes. They’re either too sweet, too creamy, too salty or too tangy. And too thick. You try to pour a little bit and end up with a fat blob on your plate. Ugh!
So for the longest time I’ve dressed my salad very basic: a drizzle of olive oil, a little vinegar, salt, and pepper. Sometimes I used a tiny bit of sugar. Was it the best dressing? No. I just didn’t want to get bottled stuff and didn’t have the time to search for a killer salad dressing recipe. That’s not helping you much right now, huh? Hang on – it get’s better:
I’m here to make healthy eating easier for you, right? And more fun and tastier! And when I find something that can make healthy eating more fun & tastier I put it on the blog. So, guess what? I found something. In my kitchen adventures of throwing things together and hoping they turn out, this dressing turned out amazing. The first time I made it I was rushing to get dinner together and had made a big salad for myself and (what I thought was) a small salad for my husband. His words after dinner: “I didn’t think I would eat that whole salad because I wasn’t that hungry, but the dressing was so good, it made me eat the whole bowl.”
Did you hear that? IT MADE ME EAT THE WHOLE BOWL!!!
Maybe I’m on to something here… I think I created a dressing that can make you eat more salad. That’s the next best thing to a diet miracle drug!!!
Of course you need to have some good, fresh salad ingredients too, but trust me, it wasn’t anything too fancy that day: lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, red onions, avocado. And I think some carrots. It was really good – I liked it too and thought “Hm, I should put this on the blog.” Except that there was one problem: I had just thrown this together and not paid any attention to measuring ingredients. Now what? Re-create it. Ha! Easier said than done… But not impossible.
I kept the leftover dressing in my bowl after dinner so I could compare tastes with the recreated version. Sounds silly, but I needed some sort of a guideline. And you can thank me for that silliness because here’s the final result with measured amounts and all:
The best salad dressing – aka Triple D: Delicious Dijon Dressing
makes about 4 oz (100 ml)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (or sea salt)
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
2-3 tbsp fresh chopped Italian parsley
That’s it. Seven ingredients. Not 15, and really all normal stuff you may already have in your kitchen. Or can get at any plain old supermarket.
Add ALL the ingredients in a container that has a lid, close the lid and shake. Shake, shake, shake. Until the salt is dissolved and everything looks nice and emulsified. That’s it!
Pour this over your salad and enjoy!
This dressing lasts in the fridge for 3-4 days easily so make some more and eat more salads this week. Every week. It even tastes better after it sat for a day because the flavors blend even more.
Here are some great salad ingredients that make a tasty base:
Greens: butter lettuce (or Boston Bibb) & watercress, romaine & spinach, red oak leaf lettuce & baby arugula, radicchio & Mache, or the spring mix from your store.
Veggies: cherry tomatoes, roma or vine ripened tomatoes, cucumber, red or yellow peppers, steamed or shredded carrots, avocado, beets, red onions, lightly steamed broccoli or cauliflower, etc.
Proteins: 8-minute boiled eggs, chicken, shrimp, chickpeas, (grassfed) steak, pork, or (uncured, sugarfree) bacon, tempeh, salmon, sardines, tuna
Crunchies & Salties: toasted nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, olives, sundried tomatoes, radishes, purple cabbage, apples, feta cheese or goat cheese (in moderation)
Please let me know what you think and of course: share this recipe with your friends and family so they can enjoy healthy eating as well. Share on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, yummly, email – what ever works for you. Thank you!