Well that just wouldn't do. We took matters into our own hands..I mean, I am all for experimentation in teh kitchen! Every well balanced dressing seems to possess some basic components: oil, acid, flavorings and optional creams. A little research, a little review and plenty of tasting, a basic dressing began to from; a flex-recipe- -- the formula for creativity to suite every taste.
Basic Dressing Flex-recipe Formula
to every 1/4 cup of acid (such as a vinegar or a citrus juice) add:
1 Tablespoon of finely chopped herb or a combination of herbs
decide if a cream component is needed: if so add a spoonful (such as a coarse mustard. yogurt or sour cream, even mayo or heavy cream will do)
now finish it off by whisking in 1/2 cup of oil (such as olive, canola, coconut or whatever you like)
How easy is that? This can be made ahead and stored in the fridge- decorative decanter or mason jar. I often whisk my dressing in the bottom of a large bowl and chop my salad right on top; one good toss and you're ready to eat!
Now- here are a few tips we love:instead of one acid, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar with 1/4 cup citrus: very tasty
herb based vinaigrette using: parsley, tarragon, and thyme (add to this a minced clove of garlic and some sour cream for a ranch style flavor) dash some Parmesan cheese in..super!
using dijon mustard and 1 small minced onion
balsamic with a minced garlic clove
use the juice and zest of a lemon, lime and orange with olive oil and pepper
lastly: 1/2 cup crushed raspberries with a spoonful of chopped mint
Tasty, simple and open to exploration: the basic dressing formula..let's go enjoy some greens today!