#102 – Homemade Salad Dressings

What is the one thing you waste the most in your refrigerator?

 

 

For us it would be this right here . . . 

 

 

Salad Dressing!

 

 

We eat a lot of salad but we never seem to get through the dressing fast enough before it expires.  The other problem is that salad dressing varieties change ALL THE TIME in Costa Rica.  We can’t expect to find our favorite dressings on the shelf from one week to the next.  So when our last bottle of our favorite salad dressing ran out, and with a fridge FULL of other salad dressings that we don’t love but live with, I was on the hunt for a way to make small portions of salad dressing that not only would help us cut down on waste but also taste good to us.

 

I found Raising Generation Nourished and fell in love with her post on homemade salad dressings and pre-made mixes.  I happened upon her website while looking for a Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix to make Italian Chicken for Curly Cook’s birthday dinner.  They don’t sell this brand in Costa Rica but I NEEDED it.  Thankfully this mix worked.  It was a bit salty but that is what I love about making your own salad dressing mixes, you can alter it to fit your taste buds.

 

That is one of the many reasons we don’t use up the salad dressing in our refrigerator, we don’t truly enjoy what we are using.  I also really enjoy lemon juice with olive oil and salt, thus the reason we don’t go through those bottles fast enough.  Now, I don’t know that I want to be making up big batches of dressing all the time but if my kids could make their own portion, with seasoning already prepared and they add what they like, then I think it would work.

 

I especially want to try the Ranch and Thousand Island Dressing recipe.  Looks YUMMY!!!

I need to check out the rest of her site and see if anything else would be helpful from her.  Enjoy!

 


From: Raising Generation Nourished

**  So here are some dressing options! I’m all about simple, FAST, and flavor! I’m talking throw everything into a jar and shake it up. Each one of these won’t take you more than 5 minutes to make up and it will last a week or 2 in your fridge. And the flavor will blow you away!


“RANCH” DRESSING:


    1. Everything into a pint jar and stir up. If you want a thicker, “dip” sort of Ranch for carrot sticks, etc, you can leave out the milk or only add a few splashes. If you rather it runnier then you can add more milk.

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“FRENCH” DRESSING:


  1. Everything into a pint jar with a tight lid and shake well to combine. Shake before each use as well. This dressing is also a great one to use on taco salad night – it is very similar to the “catelina” type dressings some restaurants use on taco salads.

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“ITALIAN” MIX AND DRESSING


ITALIAN SEASON MIX:

  1. Add everything together in a small container with a lid (empty spice jars work great), put the lid on and shake it up to combine. Also tastes great to sprinkle on stir fry or to a roasted chicken!

ITALIAN DRESSING:

  1. Everything into a pint jar with a tight lid and shake well to combine. Shake well before each use. Store in the fridge.

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“THOUSAND ISLAND” DRESSING


                      • 1 cup whole sour cream
                      • ¼ cup organic ketchup
                      • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2-3 TB)
                      • 1- 1 ½ TB raw honey (local if possible!)
                      • ¼ cup finely chopped pickles (I like using Bubbies so we get the natural fermented probiotics!)
                      • 1 tsp onion powder
                      • ¼ tsp sea salt
                      • ⅛ black pepper
  1. Everything into a pint jar and stir together. Store in the fridge. If you want a thicker Thousand Island for spreading on a sandwich or wrap add more sour cream.

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FIESTA SALAD DRESSING


  • 1 cup organic salsa
  • ½ avocado
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ⅓ cup whole sour cream (If you are dairy free you can leave this out and it will still be good – OR you could add more avocado for more creaminess)
  • 2 tsp taco season (I use my homemade blend)
    1. Everything into a processor or blender to blend together. Store in a pint jar in the fridge. If you want it thicker for spreading on sandwiches or wraps add more avocado or sour cream.

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Happy Salad Eating!

 

 

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