*This is the seventh post in a series about “What I want my kids to know before they leave the nest.”

Let’s talk salad dressing for a moment, shall we? Most store-bought dressings are made with cheap oils you do not want to consume. The first ingredient is usually soy oil or canola – 90% of which is genetically modified (GMO). No thank you.

The ingredients usually go down hill from there with High Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and a slew of other chemicals you probably can’t pronounce. Draw the line – just say no – your body doesn’t need toxic additives. It runs on real food.

Here’s the thing. It’s quick and easy to have a few basic ingredients on hand to make your own dressing. And, I’m also happy to report that Primal Kitchen now provides a high-quality dressing I feel good about eating. No soybean or canola oils, no added sugars, partially hydrogenated or trans fats. No artificial flavors, colors, dyes, waxes or chemical preservatives. Either way – homemade or Primal Kitchen – it’s real food your body can use.

I’m thrilled to have a clean store-bought option, but of course it costs more than making it at home so it’s great to have a few simple recipes to whip up on the fly. (See below if you’d like me to send them to you!)

Here’s what I tell my kids:

  • Make a simple vinaigrette – 3-parts oil to 1-part vinegar
  • Use extra virgin olive oil – organic whenever possible
  • Shake it up in a canning jar and you’ve got dressing

Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Learn to eyeball it: 3 parts oil to 1-part vinegar

½ c. olive oil
3 Tbsp. vinegar (balsamic, red wine, white wine, apple cider…)
Optional Add-Ins:
¼ tsp. salt
pinch black pepper
2 tsp. Dijon mustard (will help emulsify)
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. finely minced or grated ginger or garlic
Replace some (or all) of the vinegar with fresh-squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice.

    1. Add ingredients into a jar.
    2. Cover and shake.
    3. Bam! You’ve got dressing!

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