Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Make Your Own Salad Dressing -- Thrifty Thursdays

I never cease to be amazed at the amount of shelf (and in some cases cooler) space grocery stores devote to salad dressings. There's a never ending array. I almost never buy any of them. Why? because it's quick, easy, cheap and environmentally friendly to make my own. Not to mention healthier -- just try to find a salad dressing these days that doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup.

If you have a food processor or mini food processor it's ultra quick to make dressing. Otherwise, use a whisk and incorporate the oil in a thin stream while whisking into order to emulsify the oil into the other ingredients.

And don't forget, vinaigrette dressings can easily do double duty as marinades -- now there's another supermarket aisle that's way too big.

Check out these recipe and forgo the dressing aisle of the market, you'll save money and valuable resources.

Variations on Vinaigrettes

Favorite Homemade Salad Dressings

Low Fat Salad Dressings

Thrifty Thursdays is a blog event created by my fried Amanda Formaro from Amanda's Cookin' blog. I've agreed to participate, so look for a frugal themed post here each Thursday. In addition to reading my posts, be sure to visit Amanda's blog for a round-up of all the thrifty home and cooking tips and recipes that came in this week from folks around the blogosphere.


Judy said...

Wow, that's a great list of dressings. But you're right. I really wonder why people buy bottled or packaged dressings when it's such a no-brainer to make your own.

Amanda said...

Wow I love all these ideas Cheri, thank you!!

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