Homemade Vs. Store-Bought Salad Dressings: Here Are 3 Reasons You Should Make Your Own! by Chef Gigi Gaggero
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!