I have pretty much always made our own salad dressing. It’s such a habit now I forget that many buy their dressings. Growing up my mother would often make her own, but she would also buy it frequently, so I grew up with both.
But I first became interested in making my own because of the health benefits. Store bought, even some of the organic “healthy” brands are often full of inferior oils, additives, and MSG. But I have also realized the frugal aspect of making your own. It really is a lot cheaper. The third benefit is taste. I have grown to love homemade dressing.
Some of our favorite dressings are made with red wine vinegar, but I became interested in using raw apple cider vinegar instead for it’s many health benefits. However it seemed a little weaker to me. So I developed the following recipe that we now enjoy. Another benefit is that apple cider vinegar is the cheapest vinegar I can buy organic. I love when a more healthy choice is also cheaper (it doesn’t happen often!).
I make this once a week and keep it in the fridge. I find that different families like different ratios of oil to vinegar. The classic ratio to two thirds oil to one third vinegar. Start there and tinker to taste. You can also use other vinegars and follow the same recipe.
Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
1 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of onion powder
2 tablespoon of whole grain mustard or djion type mustard
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
I don’t sweeten this at all, but for those not used to the bite of a vinegar dressing, you might need to. To sweeten, add:
A pinch of Stevia, or 2-4 teaspoons of sugar or natural sweetener
Combine all ingredients and mix well before using.