Salads are healthy foods that improve our health. It contains fiber and other nutrients that help in preventing constipation, obesity and other health problems. Salads are low calorie foods that help in losing weight. We can enhance the taste of salads by adding dressings to it. Dressings improve the flavor of salads converting the ordinary salad vegetables into tasty dishes. People also add vinaigrettes to salads. The ready made store bought dressings and vinaigrettes contain high amounts of fat and it becomes very high in calories. Thus, instead of buying ready made dressings you must prepare homemade dressings with low calorie and healthy ingredients. We will give some tips for this. Following are some useful tips on how to make your own vinaigrettes and dressings.
Easy Vinaigrette Recipes
The Classic Vinaigrette
The classic vinaigrette is made by mixing only two ingredients oil and vinegar. The amount of oil in this recipe is three times more than the amount of vinegar you use. Use olive oil. You can take white vinegar. Mix both ingredients well and add some type of seasoning in it. Fill the vinaigrette in a glass jar.
Honey And Mustard Vinaigrette
For another great version of vinaigrette, you can mix little amount of salt and Dijon mustard to oil and vinegar mixture in the above classic recipe. For an improved taste, add honey and pepper. Some people like to mix herbs to this vinaigrette.
Lemon Juice Vinaigrette
Instead of using vinegar in vinaigrette, you can add lemon juice. Lemon juice has a very good taste. Take lemon juice and add thrice times of oil to it. For an enhanced flavor and taste, add some seasonings to the vinaigrette.
Cheese And Herb Vinaigrette
Add crushed feta cheese and parsley in the classic vinaigrette we prepared in the first recipe. Add little amount of dry herb like oregano to it. Add few pieces of chopped tomatoes in it. Delicious tomato vinaigrette is ready.
Spicy Herbed Vinaigrette
You can improve the taste of basic vinaigrettes by mixing olives, sour gherkins, cumin seed, anchovies, grated ginger, black pepper powder, fennel seed, grated onion, thyme, cilantro, crumbled cheese and soy sauce.
Delicious Salad Dressing Recipes
Orange Juice Dressing
For making an orange juice dressing, add salt and pepper to orange juice. Add olive oil. Mix very little amount of vinegar to it. You can use sherry vinegar in this. Whisk all ingredients well. The fruity dressing is ready.
You can make homemade dressing for salads with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise has a creamy texture. Dilute it by mixing water in it. For improving the taste of this dressing, mix crushed garlic in diluted mayonnaise. Mix small amount of Parmesan cheese after grating it. The dressing is ready.
Tahini And Buttermilk Dressing
Make dressing by mixing olive oil, grapeseed oil, tahini paste with vinegar, lemon juice, mayonnaise, buttermilk and sour cream. Tahini paste is a Middle East dish made by grinding sesame seeds into a paste. Mix all ingredients and the dressing is ready.
Chili dressing is made by mixing chopped roasted red chilies with salt and lemon juice. Roast the chilies directly over the gas flame. To this, you should add black pepper powder, olive oil and chopped mint leaves. Mix all ingredients well and use the dressings in your salads.
Basil And Nut Dressing
For making a healthy basil and nut dressing, mix walnut and chopped basil leaves with salt and garlic. Put all ingredients in a food processor. Add olive oil and run the mixer to blend the mixture. The nutty dressing is ready for adding to salads.