Homemade salad dressing is so simple to make. There's really no need at all to buy it ready-made in a jar. It never tastes as good as homemade dressing.
This is my Mum's recipe, which was shown to her by a French chef.
French dressing, made with apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard and olive oil is simple and easy. I've given this recipe with tomato sandwiches in mind. But it is totally delicious on a plate of green salad.
I also really enjoy adding a little maple syrup to the dressing, especially if you add pear and caramelised onions to the salad.
If your tomatoes are a little under-ripe, try using this salad dressing with added maple syrup and a touch more basil.
I also like using this dressing in ham sandwiches if I add a little salad.
I'm sure the key to this dressing is in the quality of the ingredients. I like to buy really good quality apple cider vinegar which is unpasteurised and still has the mother in it. It's so good for you, and it tastes amazing. You just need to give it a good shake before you use it.
I also try to buy the best quality olive oil that I can afford. Buy a nice fruity one for making homemade salad dressings and keep a cheaper bottle in for cooking. It's well worth the investment.
You can try this dressing with other vinegars too. It's nice with white wine vinegar for example. Although I wouldn't use malt vinegar.
Time: 10 minutes
Makes: One jar. Keeps for weeks.
One heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons of Cider vinegar
15 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil
(the very best you can afford)
1 Clove of garlic
salt and pepper
Green salad, tomato sandwiches and on any other sandwich to which you choose to add salad.