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4-Steps to Homemade Dressings

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All you need to make homemade dressings are four things: a base, flavor-maker, seasonings and sweetener. You can use this four-step guide to create your own version of Catalina, Thousand Island, French dressing, Greek vinaigrette, ranch, honey-mustard, tartar sauce, cocktail sauce or remoulade. All gluten-free!

My 4-Step Guide to Homemade Dressings

1. Base: Choose an oil as a base for a vinaigrette. Olive, coconut, peanut or walnut oil are great options. For creamy dressings, use a base of silken tofu, mayonnaise or softened cream cheese.

2. Flavor: To flavor a vinaigrette, choose red wine vinegar, balsamic, lemon juice or raspberry puree. For creamy dressings, consider mustard, horseradish, ketchup or relish to create flavor.

3. Seasonings: Combine the herbs and spices you like. Consider dill, oregano, onion powder, garlic, thyme or chives. For a little kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes or paprika.

4. Sweetener: A touch of sweetener balances the tanginess. I prefer maple syrup, honey and Stevia.

To make a vinaigrette, use a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour in 1 cup of oil and 3/4 cup of vinegar. Adjust the ratio to your preference. Add your seasonings and sweetener to taste. Shake well.

For creamy dressings, spoon 1 cup of a cream base into a glass bowl. Add ¼- to ½-cup of the flavoring liquid of your choice. To thin the dressing, add a drizzle of olive oil or a dash of vinegar. Add your herbs and a sweetener. Whisk well. Adjust your base and liquid depending on your desire for a thick dipping sauce or a thin salad dressing. (continue reading online)

Read my entire magazine article online here.


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You can also download the PDF version of the Dressing Guide here: Easy Salads by PWilson for IN Magazine


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For more recipes, check out my book, The Art of Gluten-Free Living: Three Essentials for Being, Eating and Living Well. 

It’s available on AppleGoogle PlayBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

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Source: Photos by Sarah Miller for IN Magazine. Book images by Patricia Wilson. Author Headshot by Greg Kaspar. Copyrighted Material; All Rights Reserved.

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