Salads are very versatile lunch dishes that come in a wide variety of styles, which is why you need to have an arsenal of salad dressings to accommodate each one. Making your own salad dressings at home is very easy, and it eliminates the sugars and preservatives found in store-bought options.
Here are three exciting salad dressing ideas:
Cilantro-Lime Salad Dressing [Martha Stewart]
Use this tart, flavorful dressing to top a taco salad, Mexican-style mahi mahi or another Latin-inspired dish. With tons of fresh cilantro and silken tofu instead of the usual mayonnaise, this is a healthy option that’s still full of flavor.
Lavender Salad Dressing [Food.com]
This simple dressing has a fresh, floral taste created by using dried lavender blossoms. Extra virgin olive oil and honey provide a smooth, sweet base, while balsamic vinegar and grain mustard make things a bit tangier and more complex. This dressing perfectly complements an arugula salad with crumbly bleu cheese.
Sesame-Ginger Vinaigrette [Redbook]
This dressing tastes delicious when paired with crispy chicken, noodle dishes or to spice up an otherwise bland salad. Its bold flavor is created by fresh ginger and sesame oil, which are staples in many international cuisines.