A great salad dressing can lift a few simple ingredients to fabulous flavour heights. The team from Sprout share delicious, healthy dressings you can whip up in a flash.
It’s always handy to have one or two go-to dressings in your cooking repertoire. Think of a salad dressing as a personal signature that you add to meals. It shows a little extra care and imagination has gone into your food and is so easy to make.
You’re likely to already have the main ingredients, such as olive oil and mustard. All it takes is a shake or whisk and, voila, your dinner is dressed!
And, once made, you can easily store it in the fridge for several weeks. When you want to use your dressing, all you have to do is give it a quick shake to combine any ingredients that might have separated.
One of the main advantages of making your own is that it will be free from flavour enhancers, preservatives and other additives you’ll find in most store-bought dressings. (Check out how many kilojoules are in some common store-bought varieties here.)
When making a dressing you want to ensure that all of the components are well combined.
For the dressing recipes given below, you simply need to combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Alternatively, add all ingredients into a small jar with a screw lid and then shake to combine.
The rule of thumb with any dressing is to only add it to the salad just before serving. Texture and crunch is crucial in salads, and the oil in the dressing will quickly soften the salad leaves and herbs.
One tablespoon per person is normally enough to coat your salad and give it flavour.
Remember, every extra spoonful can add more kilojoules than you need and potentially make your ‘healthy’ salad not so healthy. So try making one of these classics for your summer salads, we bet you’ll never look back!
A vinaigrette is a dressing made with oil and vinegar. The balsamic gives the oil a slightly sweet, tangy edge. It’s perfect with bitter green vegies such as rocket and classic salads such as tomato, mozzarella and basil. Makes about 3 tbsp, cost $0.28 per tbsp.
Good for light summer salads made with aromatic ingredients like mint, coriander and lime leaves. It pairs well with delicate flavoured proteins such as chicken, tofu and seafood. Makes about 4 tbsp, cost $0.27 per tbsp.