I always make my own salad dressings and the reason for that is that it is super easy and it allows you to avoid any hidden ingredients. I’d say my most common is a flax oil apple cider vinaigrette. I prefer flax oil for mixing dressings because it has 50 to 60 percent omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and are helpful in preventing chronic diseases like arthritis and heart disease. Whereas olive oil contains mostly omega-6 fatty acids, which are important, but can actually promote inflammation. I prefer apple cider vinegar over other types because it does have alkalizing properties whereas most vinegars are acidic. But that being said, below is your guide to making any vinaigrette.
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (or ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup flax oil)
- ½ cup vinegar of choice (apple cider, balsamic, red wine, etc.) or lemon, lime, orange juice , etc.
- 1 tsp garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper (and/or other herbs: basil, cumin, rosemary, ginger, paprika, etc.) to taste
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Whisk until thickened or place in food processor and mixed until smooth.
Serving Suggestion: Add a Tbsp of tahini for a creamy texture, or honey for sweetness