What is “salad dressing”, really? It’s a sauce. Dressings are great to add flavor – not just to cold veggies – but to hot ones, as well. And meats. Even tofu and other meat substitutes. You don’t have to restrict yourself to those expensive bottles lining the shelves of your grocery store, either. With a minimum of effort (and I really mean a minimum), you can literally throw your own together. And you know what’s in it!
I can’t take credit for this handy infographic (I’m artistically-impaired), but it beautifully illustrates the point that some things, like salad dressings, are easily made yourself in just a couple of minutes. All you need is a jar and a quick look around your pantry:
Thanks to CookSmarts for creating this awesome infographic!
For even more variety, try some unsweetened fruit juice, like pomegranate or orange juice, as your acid instead of vinegar.
Of course, I recommend the Freakin’ Flamingo jam flavor of your choice to create your own unique dressings. 😉 For example, whisk a spoonful of Freakin’ Flamingo Piña Colada jam into that Asian dressing recipe in the graphic for instant sweet and sour chicken or tofu.
This is just vinaigrettes. You can make your own creamy dressings using the same formula. Think of mayonnaise as your “oil”, and buttermilk, ketchup, even pickle juice, as your “acid”:
Ranch dressing can be made by stirring or whisking together mayonnaise and buttermilk, plus a bit of sweetener (sugar or xylitol) to taste. Toss in a bit of finely chopped (or dehydrated) chives or other herb you like.
Blue Cheese Dressing: Mayo, buttermilk, some crumbled blue cheese, to taste.
Thousand Island (or Russian) Dressing: Mayo, ketchup (or Freakin’ Flamingo Spicy Tomato jam) – just enough to make it your desired shade of pink – plus a couple of tablespoons of pickle relish (include the juices).
Tartar Sauce for fish: Mayo, pickle relish & a pinch of paprika.
This is just a jumping-off point to create your own signature dressings and sauces with little effort, but tons of flavor!
What’s your favorite?