Here are some of my favorites:
Pour about 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil into a large bowl. (like, really big.) Then, whisking constantly, pour 1/2 cup of balsamic vinager into the bowl in a thin, steady stream. Once you start whisking, don't stop! this will keep the vinager and oil from separating. You can do this alone, but it helps to have someone to steady the bowl. If no one is available, place the bowl on a slightly damp towel. Next, add about a tablespoon of dijon mustard (more or less depending on your taste) and whisk that in. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs such as basil, oregano, 'italian seasoning', garlic salt/onion powder. Finally, add 2-3 tablespoons of very cold water while whisking. This will also help discourage separation. Let the dressing sit for at least half an hour so that the liquid can absorb the flavors. Then you can strain it if you want to.
Start with the same base as above, only substite balsamic vinager for apple cider vinager or red wine vinager. (whisk, whisk, whisk!) Then, add 1/2 to 1/2 cup of finely grated parmesean or romano cheese. whisk this in! Then add 1 tsp of garlic powder/salt (or mince 1 or 2 cloves of fresh garlic in a garlic mincer, or just chop up finely.) Season with salt, pepper, and any herbs that taste good to you. Let it sit for half an hour, (at least 1 hour if you used fresh garlic) and then strain, if desired.
Got any jam jars lying around your fridge with just a tiny bit of jam stuck on them? perfect! it doesn't matter which flavor. Directly into the jam jar, add some safflower or peanut oil which have minimel flavor. (BTW, peanut oil is great for frying stuff, too. it can withstand higher temps than olive.) Then add apple cider vinager or balsamic vinger, (about half as much vinager as oil) and salt and pepper. Screw on the lid and shake it, baby! :) The jam gives the dressing a nice, fruity sweet flavor. My favorites are strawberry, rasberry, and grape.
Great Green Dressing
This is a smooth, creamy dressing. The lovely green color will have everyone a bit puzzled! It is easy because you make it in a blender or food processor.
Scoop the flesh out of 1 ripe avacado. Dump it into the blender. Add olive oil (or any oil) and herbs. fresh ones work well with this recipe. Blend! Add spices and more oil to taste.
Avacado works great in smoothies, too! it has hardly any flavor, and makes them very creamy. just add frozen berries like strawberries or rasberries and a banana and some orange juice and some yogurt. voila, yum!
hope you like these recipes!