I do not like bottled salad dressings at all. Store-bought dressings often have a fake garlic flavor, and lack a fresh pop. My 6 year-old’s favorite is “black dressing,” which is balsamic. If I don’t have any lemon garlic dressing made, sometimes I’ll just pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over our salad, and sprinkle with salt. Homemade dressing is so much better than bottled, and obviously more affordable.
Because she loves balsamic vinegar so much, I thought I should make a quick already-made dressing, so I could add garlic. It turned out so well, I caught her trying to drink the leftover dressing from her bowl.
If you think this is too much salt, it’s not. Famed chef Rick Bayless said one of the most common mistakes of home cooks is not seasoning enough. Also, keep in mind that if you don’t eat processed foods, you can be more liberal with salt at home.
Balsamic Salad Dressing
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar (Costco has a good price for a nice quality)
2/3 cups olive oil
one small clove of garlic, grated (If you just chop it, you will be bites of garlic, in a bad way, and it won’t distribute evenly throughout the dressing)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
Add all ingredients, and shake! Add herbs if you want, for a more adventurous dressing. Refrigerate.