No-one likes dry leaves. Transform your everyday salad into something special with a delicious dressing. No need for exact quantities – simply add ingredients to taste! James Martin explains how...
‘It’s quick and easy to make your own salad dressings,’ says James. ‘A really simple one is a mix of 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts good-quality olive oil. And with so many different types of oil and vinegar out there, it’s fun to experiment. If you’re using balsamic vinegar, one that has been aged will give a less acidic result – or you can offset sharpness with a pinch of sugar. And if you’re making a classic vinaigrette, with the addition of mustard, choose vegetable rather than olive oil, to allow the flavour of the mustard to come through.’
Taking this as inspiration, we've come up with three delicious salad dressing recipes – no quantities required. Enjoy!
Strawberry & poppy seed
Purée a handful of ripe strawberries using a hand-held blender. Mix with a generous glug of olive oil, a good dash of balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add some Good & Balanced Poppy Seeds and a little chopped mint. Season and mix before serving.
Try it with: Steak, avocado & beetroot salad
Honey & mustard
Mix 2 parts rapeseed oil to 1 part white wine vinegar and add a generous teaspoonful or two of clear honey and wholegrain or Dijon mustard. Season well and mix or whisk lightly before serving.
Try it with: Sweet potato & goat’s cheese salad
Coriander & lime
Mix equal quantities of mayonnaise and reduced-fat crème fraîche, then add lime zest and juice to taste. Stir in finely chopped spring onions and a little garlic as well as a generous amount of chopped coriander. Season and mix well before serving.
Try it with: Caesar salad