Dressed to Impress: 3 DIY Salad Dressings

Calorie for calorie, spinach has more protein than a cheeseburger. Gram for gram, watercress has more calcium than milk. Fruit and vegetables have so much to give. But when they’re drenched in butter and coated in oil, their nutritional benefits kinda go down the drain.

For those who know me well, know I’m the salad queen. Over the years my friends and family have taken a special liking to the way I spontaneously create salads. Always unique and creative, with toasted nuts, different kinds of cheese and a little sweet twist like seedless green grapes or mango slices. But I have to admit it’s the homemade dressings that make all the difference.

A dressing can make or break a salad. Too much and it becomes a soggy mess, too little and it’s tasteless, too acidic and you pucker with every bite. If you just made a green salad chocked full of vitamins and nutrients, why ruin it with a store-bought dressing when it takes just 5 minutes to make your own? The payoff is more flavor, more health-promoting ingredients, and – for a bottle’s worth of dressing – more than a thousand calories in savings. Here are three simple DIY dressings which will get you on your way to more exciting salads.

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Dijon Vinaigrette

This is my go-to salad dressing. It’s delicious over any kind of salad and the ingredients can always be found in your pantry. 

Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Juice of half a lemon

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

 

Chili Balsamic Vinaigrette

Stunning with beetroot, lovely on a salad with crunchy leaves, but also works really well for flavoring cooked or grilled meats and vegetables.

Serves 4-6

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon dried chili flakes

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

 

Sesame Ginger Lime Dressing

Drizzle this gingery-sweet beauty over crisp lettuces, avocado, toasted cashew or grain salads. 

Serves 4-6

4 tablespoons sesame oil

4 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Store in fridge for up to 1 week.

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