Monday, December 11, 2006

the 1-2-3-4 simple salad dressing

4 ingredients, 4 measures and you get one simple, all-purpose everyday-type salad dressing which is both light, sweet and lemony-good. of course, you can alter it to suit your tastes or the ingredients in your salad.

sometimes i will use rice vinegar or wine vinegar or lime juice in place of the lemon. whichever acidic element you choose will be fine.

instead of the vegetable oil, you can add regular or extra virgin olive oil. i have also tried it successfully with both grapeseed oil & even walnut oil.

one variation is to add a tablespoon of finely grated onion with its juice and 1/2 - 1 tsp of poppy seeds. another option is to add some hot sauce to it or minced fresh herbs and garlic. it's all up to you.

here is the basic dressing —

1-2-3-4 salad dressing

makes approximately 1/2 c.


1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
4 tbsp vegetable oil


put everything in a small jar, seal and shake.

one of my favourite lazy day "all-i-can-manage-is-iceberg" salads for this dressing is just shredded iceberg lettuce, zesty croutons, some dried cranberries (craisins) and a small handful of roasted cashews.

photo credits:
iceberg lettuce gourmetsleuth
dried cranberries
cashews goodness


Anonymous said...

One of my favorite homemade dressing is this sugar/vinegar/olive oil mixture with pepper, salt and crushed garlic. It's delicious but if you shake it in the bottle it explodes!

Ari (Baking and Books)

chanit said...

I love salads, very very much, with or without a dressing. I'll try your dressing.
תודה רבה :-)

beenzzz said...

That sounds so easy and delish. I like to add a little bit of Coleman's dry mustard to my dressing along with a little crushed garlic and a smidge (1 Tbsp) of orange juice. It might sound weird, but it gives it a nice citrus kick.

annie said...

I love the dressings you can make yourself, but hadn't had much luck with the from scratch homemade ones. I will try this soon. BTW, dried cranberries and cashews are one of our favorite salad toppings!

rooma said...

Great.... simply great!!!!! I m gonna love this one :)

Pammie said...

Hi Burekaboy.

Ahem. What happened to the Japanese pea experiment? I was thinking sometimes some things are just better bought in the store. Just choosing them from all the other unusual things and looking at the cool design on the packet and the writing is part of the fun!

burekaboy — said...

ari - yikes! explosive salad dressings, lol. thankfully, mine hasn't done that to me (yet!).

chanit - זה פשוט וטעים

beenzzz - sounds great! i like oj, too in some of my dressings.

annie - this is a foolproff one. its sweet and tart. goes well with lots of salad combos.

rooma - hope you like it! it's easy to remember, too.

burekaboy — said...

pam - ha! haven't found those peas yet. i'm on the hunt. it's more for the fun of it really. can't see myself running a wasabi pea factory here. lol. you're right -- easier just to buy them, and i can't write japanese either so.....

annie said...

I don't think my last comment went through. If it did, delete this one.

Made this one tonight. It was awesome! Our new favorite. Funny thing is my family was scared to try it. After we all had our salads, I had them taste mine. They were sooooo sorry they didn't use mine. But, believe me...they will next time!

Thanks for posting such a great and easy recipe.

burekaboy — said...

annie - hey thanks for that wonderful news! glad you liked it. it's my fave, too. why was your family afraid to try it?? happy they changed their minds!

annie said...

Sometimes they go weird on me and don't want to try anything new. They'll learn!

burekaboy — said...

annie - hehe, i know plenty of people like that. glad you enjoyed YOUR salad! next time they'll listen to mamma! LOL. :)