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Salad Dressing Template

Fat | Protein (Optional)
Author Katie's Conscious Kitchen


Something Fatty

  • Oil olive, canola, avocado, sesame etc.
  • Nut or seed butter tahini, peanut butter, etc.
  • Mayo I use vegan mayo
  • Hummus
  • Yogurt
  • Avocado
  • Soaked cashews for blended dressings

Something Acidic

  • Vinegar balsamic, sherry, red wine, white wine, rice, etc
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Orange juice

Flavorings (Optional)

  • The fatty ingredient and the acidic ingredient make a perfectly nice dressing on their own but flavors are obviously fun too!
  • Miso
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Orange
  • Fresh herbs cilantro, basil, chives, parsley
  • Dried seasonings cumin, garlic powder
  • Chili paste
  • soy sauce
  • Canned chipotle pepper
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Capers & caper juice for Caesar dressing!
  • Turmeric

Magic Ratio:

  • Combine the fatty thing and the acidic thing in a 3 to 1 ratio. 3 times more fatty thing than acidic thing.

Tips for Mixing Dressings

  • The most effective way of combining oil and the vinegar is in a blender. I love to use little blender cups like a magic bullet, because they have lids so I can store them right in their blender containers! Blending also helps the flavor gets evenly incorporated with chunky ingredients like garlic, ginger, or fresh herbs.
  • You can also add the ingredients to a glass jar or bottle and shake to combine, or stir in a cup with a fork. 
  • For best results, all your ingredients should be at room temperature when you begin. The cooler the oil, the more difficult it is to emulsify it.
  • Once you've mixed things up, it's nice to let the flavors meld for a while, especially when you go beyond the basic formula and introduce flavorings.