If your cooking steak, you'll want salad. If you prepare salad, your gonna need a salad dressing. Salad without dressing is bland and tasteless. Forget store bought.
Here's a simple salad dressing to get ya going. To start, the base ingredients for a dressing are olive oil, wine vinegar, crushed black pepper, and salt.
The ratio is 4 parts oilive oil to 1 part vinegar.
- 100 ml olive oil
- 25 ml white wine vinegar
Add ingredients to a vinaigrette dressing hand mixer and shake vigorously.
I normally go 100 ml olive oil and add 25 ml white wine vinegar. I buy the el-cheapo white wine vinegar, which goes fine in a salad dressing if I'm adding other ingredients.
You can go with olive oil and lemon juice instead of vinegar.
You can go with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which is also nice.
Add a finely chopped chilli pepper.
Add one or two cloves garlic.
Add dijon mustard.
Add blue cheese.
Add fresh basil or other herbs.
With dijon mustard - spoon in smooth french mustard and keep mixing till its a runny custard-like consistency . It makes a delicious hot salad dressing.
With blue cheese - crumble blue cheese or use a fork to break it up. Mix well, then add sour cream to get a really smooth texture and a rich dressing. Delicious.
Once mixed, store your dressing in the fridge. It keeps for weeks.
All the variations start with the basic olive oil + vinegar (or olive oil + lemon juice) starter.
Buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil for your salad dressing. The flavour is unbeatable. Don't bother adding other oils, they will impair the flavour. Store bought dressings use cheap industrial oils as the main ingredient, sometimes adding around 5% olive oil. Legally calling it olive oil dressing, which it is not.
Once you make your own, you will NEVER go back to store bought dressings.
Try it. Experiment, and have fun.