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A Gathering of Homemade Dressings

February 2nd, 2010 · 25 Comments · Do It Yourself, Recipes

Christmas salad 2I never thought homemade dressings would be  something I would do, but when I gave up all white and corn sugars last year for Lent, I tried some out of necessity.  I love yellow mustard, but I got sick of having it on my salads all the time, plus I knew I needed some healthy fats to metabolize the vegetables.

Since then, making homemade has become a way of life, and I don’t know that I’ll even purchase anymore from the store.  When I did near the end of the summer, they all hit their expiration date before they hit my fridge.  I even gave homemade dressings as Christmas gifts, and we’ve gone through almost TWO gallons of EVOO since November!

Kitchen Stewardship Dressings

We’re working on making something from scratch this week here at KS.  If getting rid of the bottles of dressing is your goal for the week, here are the kinds we’re enjoying:

  • Italian Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (our favorite!)
  • Creamy Garlic Dressing

    Here’s  my first vlog for you of homemade mayo, an ingredient in the ranch dressing.

    And a new dressing for you:

    Katie’s Greek Dressing

    Feta cheese is the key to making anything, from salad to pasta, earn the name “Greek.” I don’t mix the feta in, but you could if you were serving right away or didn’t mind storing the dressing in the refrigerator.  Cold olive oil solidifies, so I prefer to keep mine on the table.

    Ingredients:

    2 Tbs red wine vinegar
    1 squirt Dijon mustard
    1/2 cup EVOO
    1/2-1 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper

    1/2 tsp oregano
    1/4 tsp marjoram
    1 clove crushed garlic
    1 tsp lemon juice

    Method:

    Mix in order with a whisk.  Serve with Feta cheese over salad greens.  Can keep at room temperature.

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    25 Comments so far ↓

    • Sarah

      Yum! That greek recipe looks awesome, I will have to make it!

      Best,
      Sarah
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    • Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home

      Thanks so much for these recipes! I’ve been making our dressing for a long time, but I needed some new ideas. :-)
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    • chanelle

      I’m excited to look through these. We definitely need to mix it up around here!
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    • Barb

      How would you go about making a dressing like Ott’s original? That is what my husband likes on his salad.

      Katie Reply:

      Barb,
      Never heard of it – what are the ingredients? I’ll give it a shot! Katie

      Barb Reply:

      It’s called Ott’s Original Famous Dressing. It is a red dressing sorta like French.
      The ingredients are:
      Water
      High Fructose Corn Syrup
      Soybean Oil
      Tomato Paste
      Distilled Vinegar
      Corn Sugar Vinegar
      Sugar
      Salt
      Horseradish*
      Garlic*
      Onion*
      Potassium Pectin
      Spices
      Corn Starch
      Calcium Disodium Edta to Protect Flavor
      *Dehydrated
      Thank you. You have a lot of great recipes and tips on your blog. Love it.
      Barb

      Katie Reply:

      Barb,
      I’ve not tried one w/ tomato paste; wonder if I could even know what to shoot for? We shall see… :) Katie

    • Anne at Catholic Mommy Brain

      AWESOME!!!!!!! I am so totally loving this post. We have one homemade dressing recipe :)
      .-= Anne at Catholic Mommy Brain´s last blog ..Real Food Face-Off at Kitchen Stewardship =-.

    • Mae

      I want to crawl up in that salad and take a nap in it.

    • kanmuri

      Great post! I love homemade dressings! My goal right now is to find a homemade version of the goma dressing (white sesame) we can buy in Japan. We really love it and won’t be able to buy it anymore when we move back to Canada. Plus, I’d rather eat something homemade…
      .-= kanmuri´s last blog ..Post Vacation Blues =-.

      Katie Reply:

      Kanmuri,
      I’ve never heard of white sesame. Is it creamy? Intriguing! :) Katie

    • Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen

      I’m glad you entered this recipe in the challenge! We’ll be picking finalists today. :)
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    • via Facebook

      Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Rachael Ray on Food Network calls it EVOO.

    • Stephanie M

      I have been experimenting with homemade salad dressings lately. How do you store them? When I keep them in the fridge, I have to remember to take it out a couple hours before dinner or warm them in the oven to liquify them. I keep my EVOO in the cupboard, but for some reason I hesitate kepping dressing there.

      Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

      Stephanie,
      The oil/vinegar ones stay at room temp for me – I read that the vinegar keeps things like fresh garlic preserved, and we’ve never had a problem in 3 years of doing this. They keep at least a month.

      Those with egg in them go in the fridge and a quick stir makes them scoopable no problem. Hope that gives you courage! It’s so hard to use them when they’re solid in the fridge…

      :) Katie

      Stephanie M Reply:

      Thanks! :)

    • Ava

      How about a Western (French) version and a Thousand Island version? Thanks!!

      Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

      Ava,
      Check Google – these aren’t dressings I enjoy…but be sure to use homemade mayo in the 1000 Island you find!

      :) Katie

    • Juniper

      Asian dressing
      I don’t measure, but put more of the first ingredient and less of each thing as you go down, to taste.
      Soy sauce
      Sour cream or yogurt
      sesame oil
      water
      peanut butter
      gomashio or sesame seeds and sea salt
      ginger
      garlic

      Juniper Reply:

      Oops, I forgot
      Ume plum vineger
      sugar
      lemon juice

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    • Rachel

      Can’t wait to try these! It’s been a pretty hard transititon for me to give up my Bacon Ranch dressing. But I’ve recently taught myself to make a yummy basalmic dressing. I also found a delicious and very simple avacodo dressing that I love and it deserves to be shared. Simply put an avacodo in a blender with a clove of garlic and squeeze in the juice of one orange. If you like orange a lot like me, just peel the orange and throw in the whole thing. It taste so fresh and goes great with all veggies. Here’s the YouTube video where I found it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPv-5eAIdOU

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    I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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