Monday, August 3, 2015

Making your own salad dressings

So many are suffering from food allergies like I am. I have discovered I'm not really allergic to wheat just can't handle GMO grains. Unfortunately I have learned I really am allergic to all soy even non GMO stuff. It makes it hard to be able to buy anything at the store now. So I make my own.

To start with I have to make my own mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is easy to make on your own. I always make mine in the blender so here's my recipe.

Blender Mayonnaise

Place ¼ cup oil (your choice any kind will work) in blender with 1 egg, 1 teaspoon each: dry mustard and sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, a dash of cayenne red pepper, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar. Mix on high for 5 seconds and then slowly drizzle in ¾ cup of oil. You may need to stop the blender and scrap down the sides. Now you have non GMO soy free Mayonnaise to use as a base for your dressings.

Make your own Ranch Dressing
I make my dressings up in pint canning jars.
Put ½ cup mayonnaise and ½ cup buttermilk in the jar. Now you can use sour cream or yogurt instead. Any combination as long as you use a total of 1 cup total. BUT if you want it to taste like Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing you will want to use the buttermilk and mayonnaise. Now add 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, 2 cloves crushed fresh garlic (or ¼ tsp garlic powder) ½ teaspoon each: onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill, and dried chives, a few shakes of cayenne red pepper, salt and pepper to taste. Shake in the jar well and use within 2 weeks.

Russian Dressing is hard to find but easy to make:
1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chili sauce
up to 4 teaspoons of bottled horseradish if desired
1 teaspoon hot sauce, Frank's Red Hot Sauce works best
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
fine sea salt to taste

In a mortar and pestle mash onion to create a paste or use a large heavy knife to mince and mash the onion into a paste. Put into your jar and add in the rest of the ingredients and shake to blend. Use within 2 weeks.

Thousand Island Dressing
I have a more elaborate recipe but this one is very simple and does the job just fine.
In your jar, add:
½ cup Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a few drops Worcestershire sauce
a few drops of hot sauce

Shake well in jar and use within 2 weeks.

Vinegar and oil
You can use any type of oil or vinegar that you would like. The important thing to know is you must use 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. I put mine in a salad shaker container and leave on the table. I use ¾ cup extra virgin Olive oil with ¼ cup balsamic vinegar. Very simple and so very good.

Honey Citrus Dressing
Into your jar add:
¼ cup vinegar
1 cup oil
2 Tablespoon honey
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon orange juice
½ to 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
a dash each of ground red pepper and black pepper.

Shake well and use within 2 weeks.

Italian Dressing

Into your jar add:
¼ cup vinegar (any type)
2/3 cup oil
2 Tablespoon water
1 teaspoon each of garlic salt, onion powder, sugar, parsley and salt
1 ½ teaspoon Oregano
¼ teaspoon pepper
a big pinch of basil
a pinch of celery salt

Mix and shake well in your jar.  

Hope this helps you!

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