3 ingredient vinaigrette
Making your own salad dressing is so easy and it’s a 1000 times better for you than the store bought version. Store bought dressings are filled with highly processed and chemically deodorized vegetable or seed oil and sugar. Both of these ingredients are believed to increase inflammation in your body. And that’s not a good thing.
This is the simple 3 ingredient vineigrette shopping list.
Oil – Avocado oil or light olive oil
Vinegar – Bragg’s Apple Cider, Red or White
Most vinaigrette recipes call for the classic 3-1 oil to vinegar ration. I like mine sour and I use an almost 1 to 1 ratio. Start with the classic ratio then adjust the amount of vinegar to taste. As far as the mustard goes I add about 1 tablespoon when making it in a 6oz mason jar. I just eyeball it.
All the equipment you need is a small mason jar or other tightly sealing container. If you use a mason jar you don’t have to use a measuring cup. Just use the measurements on the jar itself for the oil and vinegar. It couldn’t be simpler.
1. Add oil, vinegar, mustard.
2. Put the lid on and shake vigorously.
3. Pour on salad and enjoy.
It will take you less time to make this dressing than it will take for you to read this post.
* If I want to fancy it up I add lemon juice and fresh chopped herbs from my garden (thyme, parsley, and marjoram). Another crowd pleasing option is to add red chili peppers and chopped roasted garlic.
* Experiment with combinations of different types oils, vinegars, mustards.
* This is also delicious on grilled chicken and grilled zucchini
I like to make mine it in small batches which will store in the fridge and keep tasty for a few days.
Eating fats with your salads is vitally important. If you don’t eat some fat with your veggies you are missing out on a lot of their benefits. The olive oil and avocado oil in the dressing enables your body to absorb the powerful vitamins and other compounds in the vegetables that are fat soluble.
Stay away from store bought dressings because most of them contain industrially processed oils and sugar. Next time you are in the grocery store read the labels. The number one ingredient will be one of the following oils, soybean, canola, corn, cottonseed, safflower, or sunflower. All of these oils are highly processed and prone to turning rancid. And sugar has been labeled a poison by some researchers because of its devastating effect on the body.
You are eating a salad for the health benefits. If you are using a dressing from the store you are dousing your nutrition packed health promoting salad with a factory created inflammatory causing concoction.
Inflammation is no bueno.
Keep your kitchen stocked with these vinaigrette ingredients and you’ll never have to buy a bottle of salad dressing ever again. Your body and brain will thank you.
I have to thank my big brother for teaching me how to make this and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.