I almost always make my own salad dressing. The fresh flavor is so worth it and once you taste homemade it’s hard to go back to bottled dressing.
Most of my dressings are just simply oil, vinegar, and fresh herbs. Today I had a large container of grape tomatoes from Costco and decided to use them before they went bad. Grape tomatoes are wonderful since they always taste like a homegrown tomato.
I put the tomatoes in the food processer along with 4 garlic cloves, a half of onion, dried italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. I then processed until all where chopped, mixed and liquidfied.
I then added about 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar and turned the food processor on. While running, I poured in olive oil until I can hear it thickening. It was probably 1 – 1 1/2 cups total of oil added.
Then pour into a jar and refrigerate until ready to use. The fresh flavor of this dressing is hard to beat. The whole house smells of homegrown tomatoes, garlic and herbs!
I have a bunch of ideas floating around in my head on how to use this dressing. Of course it will be wonderful over a bowl of crispy green lettuce, or I may just slice big chunks of mozzarella cheese and drizzle this over that. Also cucumber salad comes to mind – so many choices!
This could also be used to marinade vegetables or chicken to make kebobs. Heck, I can even see it over an omelet or scrambled eggs 🙂
What are your favorite dressings and marinades? Do you make fresh? Share what you are chewing!!