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What's your favorite salad dressing (homemade)?

Hi hounds. I saw a similar posting for favorite soup recipes, and figured I'd get many interesting responses....

I always make dressings/vinaigrettes from scratch, and am thus always looking for new ideas. I have a variety of oils, such as olive (d'uh), lemon, walnut, roasted peanut, and roasted almond; I also have a bunch of different vinegars: white wine, red wine, white balsamic, regular balsamic, sherry, malt.... and a couple of different mustards.

What is YOUR favorite dressing?

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  1. I keep on posting this one for Miso Vinaigrette from Epicurious when folks ask this question... I always double the fresh ginger,,,as an alternative to this, I usually just use crushed fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil whisked together with either 1. fresh lemon juice OR 2. balsamic vinegar...the bottled stuff just has WAY too much sodium!

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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    1. re: Val

      I was going to post this one as well as soon as I saw the subject. It is great. I only use about a third of the oil as it is too heavy.

      1. re: Val

        I use this exact same dressing, and I love it.

        I also use a bit of champagne vinegar, mustard, fresh lemon juice, olive oil and S&P to taste.

      2. This is not fancy, but I DO love it. The basic components are lime juice (a little white wine vinegar to stretch it if things are getting too tart for taste), salt & pepper, LOTS of cumin, garlic, LOTS of cilantro, extra-virgin olive oil. It ain't much, but it always makes me wish the salad were bigger.

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        1. re: Wahooty

          One of my faves, too - esp. with mint and/or cilantro. Makes a simple tomato-cucumber salad sing.

          I really like curry dressing, too. I make it with plain yogurt, curry powder, lemon or lime juice, salt, and a little honey. (A quick variation: sub wasabi for curry, rice vinergar for lemon, stir in a little soy sauce.)

        2. JUst a simple italian ma taught me,and made the salad first,and then put the spices on top and the oil , etc and mixed it by hand. blk pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, pinch sugar, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a small splash of balsamic. I get a lot of compliments on it.

          1. Thanks for the replies so far.... though there must not be a lot of salad eaters out here, it would appear. Bummer.

            I do it the 'Italian' way sometimes, too, where you just throw the vinaigrette ingredients on top of the salad and mix it all in. Messy, but good.

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            1. re: linguafood

              Lingua, you might also do a 'search' on this board of your topic if you haven't already...I know for sure it has come up before--I've posted that recipe many times under similar posts. During the summertime, salads are a pretty popular subject.

            2. I use a Tsp of Bertmans mustard and then add equal parts of extra virgin olive oil and either homemade red wine or cider vinegar, plus my own spice mix.

              I bought a small jar of Penzeys vinaigrette spice mix, but it has sugar and too much salt.

              Did anyone notice that commercial vinaigrette has HFCS in it? I know that HFCS is cheap but why does everything need to be sweetened?

              (Fights the urge to go O-T and rant about HFCS)

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              1. re: Kelli2006

                I also like Dijon and vinegar mixed together, very nice with finely chopped shallot or crushed garlic, too.

                I am SO with you on the HFCS...they put it in breads, even stewed tomatoes...I recently bought a can of Publix brand stewed tomatoes and then e-mailed Del Monte to say "I could have bought YOUR brand but didn't because you add HFCS...why are you putting bad ingredients in your products? I refuse to purchase products that contain HFCS and I'm telling you so." They e-mailed me back some corporate bull-honkey reply like: "At Del Monte, we use only the finest quality ingredient for our customers." Sickening--what liars.

                1. re: Val

                  I did the same rant to Schwepps -- emailed them that I would no longer purchase their tonic water because of HFCS. There went my summer Gin and tonics!
                  (switched to chile-infused guava margaritas, so no complaints!)