Why buy salad dressing?

It’s been very hot in the Northwest lately and we have been eating a lot of salad using lettuce from our garden.  I’ve also been doing beet salad, lentil salad, tuna salad, you get the idea.

If you are buying salad dressing, I would like to encourage you to stop.  Most of them are full of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and other crap.  And you can make your own much more cheaply, with good ingredients, in only a few minutes.

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That is olive oil in the tequila bottle. Really.

My husband’s new favorite is honey-mustard.  Here is how easy it is …

In a half-pint mason jar, put a generous teaspoon EACH of honey and mustard.  Add some salt and freshly ground pepper, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.  Shake it up.  Taste it.  Too acidic?  Add a little more honey or olive oil.  Too blah?  More vinegar or mustard.  Feeling fancy?  Add a crushed clove of garlic, some snipped fresh herbs (savory, parsley, chives), or a little bit of chopped shallot.

Done.

Starting with a teaspoon of honey and one of mustard makes enough to dress a salad for 2 to 4 people.

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