Dressings are like choices of partners in life there are hundreds of thousands of them. I have made so many I can’t even recall the contents of most. Suffice to say, here are some dressings to try. Give a few different ones a go, and then do as I do and add or take away bits and pieces until you get one you will just fall in love with.
Make the ingredients as good as you can buy, you will taste them raw and up front on the palate, so quality of flavour in a dressing is paramount.
This is a matter of looking what you have and using the quantities accordingly. By that I mean there is a basic rule on quantities of 3:1 and the good news is it will not go off if you over do the quantities it even if you put it in a cupboard you have my assurance on that on vinaigrette at least!
90ml or 2 tablespoons of olive oil
30ml or 2 tablespoons wine vinegar red or white
Salt and fresh ground black pepper.
These quantities will keep you going for a few salads so bare that in mind if you might be leaving it for a few months
Add to jar or dressing shaker and mix
If you would like a smoother looking dressing use ½ tablespoon of mustard slightly less if you are using dried
This goes with anything we had it over hot boiled potatoes last night
Try it over peeled and steamed leeks as a starter.
Ideal for a feta cheese and cucumber salad
30ml or 2 tablespoons of light Tahini
60ml or 4 tablespoons of plain Yogurt
2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
1 garlic clove crushed
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons of water depending on desired consistency
Add to jar or dressing shaker and mix always add to salad before you add the feta cheese as the dressing melts the cheese!
Try with cucumber in cubes washed cherry tomatoes and pitted black olives (best not tinned if possible) try some crusty rustic bread ripped off with it for lunch. If you’re really going for the Mediterranean meal then buy a bottle of retsina and stick it in a cold place before you opening and drinking with this Greek gift of a meal. Oh yes a few little gem lettuce or Cos leaves ripped up won’t go amiss either.