It’s easy to get into a salad rut when summer is doing its thing in the garden and salad-making is so easy. Greens, veggies, vinaigrette, boom, salad. But a salad can be so much more, and just a few moments of effort invested in a good dressing can go a long way toward spicing things up.
I am not the maker-of-vinaigrette in our family (thank you, J!), so on the rare occasions when the salad dressing is my job I tend to branch out, if only a little, from the standard oil-vinegar-mustard combination. (J’s vinaigrette formula, for the record, is excellent: 1/3 red wine vinegar, 2/3 olive oil, a spoonful of dijon, salt and pepper; shake in a covered jar until emulsified.)
In celebration of salad season, here are a few of my favorite salad dressings from this year, along with a simple honey-mustard combination I’ve been enjoying lately.
Cumin Vinaigrette from this Orange-Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad, also great on any crunchy salad with Mexican food.
Creamy (and, incidentally, oil-free) Cilantro and Sweet Corn Dressing from this Quinoa Salad with Radishes, Peas, Arugula.
And of course you can never go wrong just adding some chopped anchovy to your standard vinaigrette for any number of variations on Salade Nicoise.
And, finally, my new darling, Honey Mustard Salad Dressing: Combine equal parts honey, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk until smooth.
What is your favorite homemade salad dressing this summer?