Homemade Vs. Store-Bought Salad Dressings: Here Are 3 Reasons You Should Make Your Own by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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Homemade Vs. Store-Bought Salad Dressings: Here Are 3 Reasons You Should Make Your Own

A benefit of making your own salad dressing is getting to use the finest and freshest of ingredients. Every homemade salad dressing, in my opinion, should be made up with a few key staples: a base, an acid and a clean emulsifying ingredient.

What you dress your salad with should be as healthy as the salad itself. If you just made a green salad chock full of vitamins and nutrients, why ruin it with a store-bought dressing that may quite possibly have refined sugars, poor-quality oils and artificial flavors? And while a purchased dressing may seem convenient, a homemade salad dressing is just about one of the easiest recipes you can make. What is so bad about store-bought versions?

  • Store-bought salad dressings are often high in calories and bad fats.
  • They’re often full of preservatives and chemicals added to extend their shelf life.
  • Manufacturers make large quantities of product, and in order to do so often use poor-quality, low-cost ingredients.

Try my recipe for lemon vinaigrette. It’s so easy!

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Sheri B Doyle
I love making dressing for salads. I also love using a good quality organic extra virgin olive oil and a little salt. With store bought dressing I feel like it masks the flavor of the delicious ingredients. Thanks for the tip!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I need to do this more often. Thanks for the awesome advice and recipes, Chef Gigi Gaggero !

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