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Jun 8, 2007 07:20 AM

Best Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

More on the lite side please, thanks!

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  1. I don't use measurements but a basic vinegarette I make using shallots, spoonful of dijon, sherry vinegar, walnut oil and a bit of olive oil, fresh herbs if I have them, s & p...whirl in my hand mixer. You could use as much or as little oil as you want to your taste.
    I don't know the calorie content, but my friend makes a delicious dressing using a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and adds balsamic vinegar and olive is this gross brown color but it is sooo good. She's also made it using rice wine vinegar and that is nice too. I like using this dressing on a bean salad but usually we use it on any old salad!!

    1. We love this miso vinaigrette from epicurious...and of course you can't get much lighter than good quality extra virgin olive oil with fresh lemon juice, very clean and bright.

      1. For a creamy dressing that only has "good" fat I blend avocado, lime juice, salt, and a little adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers. Also you have to add quite a bit of water to thin it out. Sorry, I don't measure, but I think I used 1/4-1/2 of an avacado and 1/2-1 whole lime. Of course you can add whatever flavors you like but using the avacado makes a really creamy dressing without mayo.
        I serve with a salad of romaine, black beans, cilantro, corn, green onions, and tomato.

        1. a raspberry vinaigrette made with mayo (light) raspberry vinaigrette, thinly sliced red onions and poppyseeds. Great over a strawberry and spinach salad.

          1. ginger garlic dressing:

            1 part oil
            1 part rice wine vinegar
            1 garlic clove smashed
            1/3 part soy sauce
            sesame oil to taste
            grated ginger
            pinch sugar

            let the prepared dressing stand for about 1/2 hour and then strain out the garlic and ginger.