I love being creative in my kitchen. As a child I used to make different concoctions by mixing things like kool aid, corn syrup, pop, lemon juice etc. together and would then serve them to whoever was kind enough to to try them! Luckily,I have acquired a few more tricks and tips since then and now am able to concoct things that actually taste good and are good for you! Yesterday at lunch I decided a salad would be nice to have along side my ham (purchased from a local organic farmer) and true wild rice (purchased online, also known as manoomin). The only problem was that I didn’t have any salad dressing. I typically have my homemade ranch on hand, but not today. So I got creative. I had a small amount of organic mayonaise left which I added a squirt of dijon mustard and a shot of real local maple syrup to. Next, I added a bit of water and shook it all up. It tasted amazing on my organic romaine lettuce! I will be making it in the future for sure! I encourage you to try it out at home! I will provide some rough measurements. Please feel free to play around with these measurements. I typically eyeball everything because I don’t like creating more of a mess then I have to!
Maple mustard dressing:
1 cup of organic mayo
1/4 cup of organic dijon mustard
1/4 cup of real maple syrup (Ideally from your backyard maple trees! My husband taps our trees and boils the sap into syrup, amazing stuff! Once you get hooked on the real stuff there is simply no going back to fake maple syrup, which is mainly gmo corn syrup and coloring, yuck!)
Enough water to make it your desired consistency
Take above ingredients, shake it up in a jar and enjoy! Again, feel free to adjust ratios to your preferences! If you have fresh or dried herbs throw them in!
Here is recipe for my homemade ranch dressing:
1 cup organic mayo
1 cup organic sour cream or plain yogurt (don’t buy light or skim versions, fat is our friend!)
2 cloves of garlic minced (or garlic powder)
a bit of onion minced (or onion powder)
chives and parsley if you’ve got them! Chives are super easy to grow and they come back year after year!
Real salt (himilayan or redmond brand, because real salt is vital to our health) and pepper to taste!
Add water to desired consistency
Shake and enjoy.
1 cup mayo
1/4 cup ketchup
handful of pickles and/or green olives minced
couple of shakes of hot sauce or spicy pepper seaoning (hubby makes his own by dehydrating lots of spicy peppers from our gardening and then grinding them in a coffee grinder)
hard boiled egg chopped fine
a little water
shake and serve!
What are your favorite homemade dressings?