Lemon And Rosemary Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
A quick and easy one for the weekend - we’re taking things low-key today (because my son has just informed me that we have LEGO robots to build and parks to visit on this warm and sunny March day). This is an easy salad dressing made from scratch that you’ll be able to use all week long. The ingredients are simple but delicious, it's easy to throw together quickly, and is a light dressing that pairs well with most salads.
I tend to think about salads in relation to the greens, the veggies, the beans, and the meat – all the various ingredients that make up the dish. The dressing has always been a bit of an afterthought for me. But I’ve recently come to think of it as the most important part. A dressing can really make a salad and should compliment it, not overwhelm (or underwhelm) it.
I used to always buy salad dressing from the store until I figured out how easy it is to make at home. Toss a few ingredients together in a jar, shake them up and there you have it. An easy 5 minutes that creates the most delicious topping for all your hard work of gathering herbs, greens, veggies and whatever else you’re adding to your salad.
It’s healthier too. Don’t believe me? Pull out a jar of your favorite salad dressing and tell me that you recognize every ingredient in there. I’ll bet you don’t.
And if the ease of creating the dressing and a healthier meal aren’t enough to convert you, consider the cost – sure, you can find cheap dressings out there, but as I mentioned before they’re probably loaded with less desirable ingredients. The quality ones cost a pretty penny.
Finally, the dressing is a little detail that you can get super creative with and customize to your hearts contents. Adjust the contents below to compliment your salad ingredients, or to change the style of the salad completely. It’s the finishing touch on a dish that can add lightness or complexity
This dressing is a staple in our house because it goes well with most salads, and includes ingredients that we pretty much always have on hand. As written, it makes about a cup of dressing, but you can double it up if you need to for a larger crowd. It’s easy to whip up on the fly, and is so much tastier (and healthier, and cheaper….have I convinced you yet?) than the normal store bought versions. It’s a simple vinaigrette that works just as well as a marinade for chicken as it does for your greens. Give it a try.
Ok - I'm off! Time to get lost in a sea of LEGOs and toddler cuddles.
- cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of mustard (stone ground is best but Dijon will do)
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 tablespoon of chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients into a small container.
- Shake container to mix and let sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors mingle (this dressing gets better with time).
- Store in an airtight container. (Note: Because this contains no dairy, I prefer to store this at room temperature. You can store it in the fridge (since mustard is known to keep its flavor longer when refrigerated) but the one problem with that is that the dressing tends to solidify a bit when cold, so takes about a half hour at room temperature to make it dressing-like again. I hate waiting so I don’t do that. Up to you.)