DIY Simple Salad Dressings Less Plastic

By Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller

Fresh Salad Dressings Made in Bulk in Glass Jars Will Get You to Eat Your Greens. Photo © Liesl Clark

Fresh Salad Dressings Made in Bulk in Glass Jars Will Get You to Eat Your Greens. Photo © Liesl Clark

We’re big on salads, growing greens for 12 months of the year. And often, the only thing hindering us from making a salad for lunch or dinner is…the dressing. If you don’t have one ready to just throw on your greens, chances are you’ll skip the salad on a busy day. Solution? Make a big batch of the most delicious dressing you can cobble together so it lasts several weeks in the fridge.

So, get out your favorite bottles or jars because we’ve got two fabulous dressings that’ll keep you and your loved ones wanting salad at all meals:

Liesl’s Faux Cesar Salad Dressing:

Plenty of Garlic. Photo © Liesl Clark

Plenty of Garlic. Photo © Liesl Clark

Crush about 4-6 cloves of garlic. We use a garlic crushing stone.

A Garlic-Crushing Stone is Fast and Easy. Photo © Liesl Clark

A Garlic-Crushing Stone is Fast and Easy. Photo © Liesl Clark

Place in your favorite jar and add 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil.

Olive Oil is Always at Hand. Photo © Liesl Clark

Olive Oil is Always at Hand. Photo © Liesl Clark

Add a Tablespoon of fish sauce. Fish sauce? Yes, fish sauce, as found in Thailand, Vietnam, and in the Philippines is a savory seasoning staple in our household. It serves as an easy alternative to anchovies in this recipe. Be sure to buy it in a glass bottle.

No Need For Anchovies! Get Fish Sauce in a Glass Jar. Photo © Liesl Clark

No Need For Anchovies! Get Fish Sauce in a Glass Jar. Photo © Liesl Clark

Add about 1/2 Cup freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Fresh Salad Dressings Made in Bulk in Glass Jars Will Get You to Eat Your Greens. Photo © Liesl Clark

Fresh Salad Dressings Made in Bulk in Glass Jars Will Get You to Eat Your Greens. Photo © Liesl Clark

Add a Tablespoon or 2 of red wine vinegar or homemade vinegar from your fruit scraps.

Adding Vinegar to Taste is Best. Photo © Liesl Clark

Adding Vinegar to Taste is Best. Photo © Liesl Clark

Done! Every time you use the dressing, you can add a little more parmesan cheese for added flavor.

Rebecca’s honey mustard dressing is the staple salad dressing found in her refrigerator. Here’s her delicious recipe:

Rebecca’s Honey Mustard Dressing:

Equal amounts oil and vinegar. I like olive oil or grapeseed oil and my home-made fruit scrap vinegar.
Honey to taste.
Mustard to taste. I like a grainy country dijon but any type of mustard will work.
1-2 cloves fresh crushed garlic or dry granulated garlic to taste.
Dry granulated onion to taste.

I measure it all in my salad dressing bottle, shake it up with the lid on tight to mix it well, and store it in the fridge.

Do you have a favorite easy salad dressing to share? Please do and we can compile a list of the best bulk plastic-free dressings to store in your fridge for quick and easy salad munching.

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4 Comments on “DIY Simple Salad Dressings Less Plastic”

  1. January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I always make my own salad dressings using olive oil because I don’t like the yucky oil used in most commercial dressings. My friend who is of Greek heritage just pours a little olive oil, pepper, salt, fresh oregano and lemon juice or vinegar on her greek salad and it is the best thing you’ve ever tasted. She doesn’t pre mix it, just tosses the salad.

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