I personally NEVER buy pre-made salad dressings from the store anymore. It’s just so easy and inexpensive to make your own “healthier” version.
Almost all store-bought salad dressings contain fairly large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
We know that olive oil is healthier, but when it comes to store-bought dressings… Even salad dressings that claim to be "made with olive oil" on the FRONT label are deceptive, because if you read the ingredients on the BACK
label, they are almost ALWAYS made of mostly refined soybean oil or canola oil as the main oil, with only a very small amount of actual olive oil as a secondary oil.
I went through a period of using that gummy fat free stuff and might as well have eaten an ice cream cone for all the sugar they contain.
So here’s how to avoid all of these horrendously unhealthy store-bought salad dressings and make your own quick and easy SUPER-healthy dressing… I keep a ball jar filled with it on my stove to spike soups and stews.
Fill your salad dressing container with these approximate ratios of liquids:
- 1/3rd of container filled with balsamic vinegar
- 1/3rd of container filled with apple cider vinegar
- Till the remaining 1/3rd of container with extra virgin olive or walnut oil
- Add just a small touch (approx 1 teaspoon) of agave or maple syrup and a squirt or two of mustard. I discovered agave a year or so ago and use it as a sweetener in everything that calls for a touch of sweetness.
- Add a little bit of onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper
- I add at least a tablespoon of flaxseeds and shake the container to mix all ingredients well.
This homemade salad dressing mixture is delicious and I love it as a dipping sauce for chicken or crostinis.
Give this homemade super-healthy salad dressing a try! You’ll do your body a favor by avoiding the harmful additives in store-bought salad dressings.