There is nothing worse than trying something new and it turns out to be a complete bust. Nothing like a good ole, failure to boost your confidence, am I right? That seems to be the problem with people and homemade salad dressings. And do you know what the culprit usually is? A nasty-tasting oil.
That’s right folks, if you’re trying to make a vinegar and oil based dressing, it’s going to be ⅔ oil. And if your oil has a strong flavor, it’s going to overpower everything.
Olive Oils are really heart healthy and great for dressing but if you have a cheap one, your vinaigrette is probably going to show it. Now instead of dropping $30 bucks on some fancy imported olive oil, I really recommend getting Grapeseed oil. It has almost no taste and will let you control the flavors you want in your dressing instead of adding a ton of ingredients trying to combat that olive flavor.
So once you’ve got a decent oil, go to town! This is one of my favorite dressings because it’s truly simple, fresh and good. I especially love it on a Kale Apple Salad. Something about lemon and apple man, it gets me. And once you’ve mixed up your dressing, grab a leaf from your salad and use that to taste it. This is the best way to determine if the dressing needs anymore doctoring up.
P.S Grapeseed Oil has a really high smoke point, which means you can sear and saute things at a higher heat without it burning. I give it two thumbs up! Available at most grocery stores in the oil section. Cost is similar to olive oil.