A staple homemade salad dressing is must in your home! Today I was experimenting with the idea of a creamy Italian salad dressing and wow’d my socks off with this recipe.
Growing up Italian, we never measured our ingredients for making a salad dressing, we’d add oil, seasonings, vinegar, toss and serve, it was always just perfect. Today I still do those types of salads but find it just as easy to measure.
Salad Dressing information For Beginners:
- For homemade salad dressing, the ratio of oil to vinegar is 3:1 meaning 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar
- The ratio of 3:1 changes based on the vinegars you choose so be a little flexible in measuring
- Adding a teaspoon of honey or mustard will not only add flavor, it will also help stabilize the emulsion
- While the dressing is very important, the lettuce you choose for the dressing can be a deal breaker
For creamy style salad dressing recipes, I wanted to experiment a little so I took some salsa that I made last week, homemade roasted tomato salsa and added some to a traditional creamy Italian dressing, it came out amazing!
In a food processor, add mayonnaise, vinegar, sour cream, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasonings and salt.
Puree, add the salsa of your choice, this is optional but it’s what makes this salad dressing “zesty”.
Blend again, place in mason jar, container or glass jar
See, even you can make a simple, yet delicious salad dressing. This is a great recipe to keep on hand, if you omit the salsa you can add Italian parsley, fresh of course, blend and serve it as a simple creamy Italian dressing.
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum