The best thing about cooking is that once you start accumulating ingredients, you can make next to anything. One of the most expensive things you can do is to buy salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. Granted, I still do buy some of the speciality ones for stir-fries and as ingredients in other dressings, but I have not bought salad dressing for a long time. Here are three really quick ones I make on quite a regular basis:
Sweet Chili Mayonaise Sauce/Spread
This one is dead simple and tastes delicious. You often see it served with yam fries, chicken burgers, or wraps.
For every 1/4 cup of mayonaise,
add 1 tbsp of chili garlic sauce
optional: add 1 tsp of sriracha hot sauce(careful, has some kick)
Then stir with a spoon.
Simple Balsamic Vinagrette
For a medium size salad, combine in a sealable container:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 balsamic vinegar
Close container, shake, pour over salad once mixed.
Goes good on Greek style salads(tomatoes, spinach, red onions, cucumbers, broccoli, green peppers, feta), or basically things that absorb a runnier dressing.
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
For a medium sized salad:
In a bowl, mix:
1/2 cup mayonaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp honey mustard
Goes good on garden salads (lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, marble/cheddar cheese cubes), or anything where the dressing doesn’t get absorbed, but rather coats the ingredient(carrots).