20 delicious and easy vegan salad dressings made and stored in a jam jar.
20 VEGAN JAM JAR SALAD DRESSINGS
Salad dressings are so simple to make at home and you can tweak them to suit your own tastes.
They are fresh without all the additives and preservatives in shop-bought salad dressing.
You know exactly what is in them!
I have 20 delicious homemade salad dressings for you to try today.
This is going to perk up your summer!
WHY MAKE SALAD DRESSING IN JAM JARS?
Jam jars are the perfect container to make salad dressing in. Here's why:
- They are clear so you can see at a glance what's in it
- You can see how much dressing you have left
- You can make the dressing in the jar and store it in the jar
- Add the lid and it's the perfect shaker (salad dressing will separate as it lies)
- Glass is easy to clean and can be used again and again
- Glass is eco-friendly
- You can wash it in the dishwasher
TYPES OF SALAD DRESSING
There are three types of salad dressing, but only two of them are vegan. The third type is cooked and includes eggs. So let's concentrate on the first two types.
- VINAIGRETTE - These start with a mixture of oil and vinegar (or citrus fruit juice instead of vinegar) and then other flavours such as mustard, herbs and spices are added.
- CREAMY - Creamy sauces often start the same way as a vinaigrette, but a creamy element is added with mayo, sour cream, yoghurt, milk or cream.
HOW TO MAKE A CREAMY DRESSING WITHOUT DAIRY OR VEGAN DAIRY
- Tahini paste
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Avocado (mashed)
WHAT'S THE RATIO OF OIL TO VINEGAR IN A VINAIGRETTE?
The standard ratio when making a vinaigrette is 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil.
Of course, you can play about with this.
More vinegar and less oil will give more of a tangy finish and reduce the fat and calories in the dressing.
I personally prefer 1 part vinegar to 2 parts oil.
WHICH OIL IS BEST FOR A SALAD DRESSING?
Olive oil is the best oil for a salad dressing.
A good quality extra virgin olive oil is good in a simple vinaigrette.
However extra virgin olive oil can be quite overpowering sometimes, so a mild olive oil is best if you want the other flavours to shine.
HOW TO CORRECT A SALAD DRESSING THAT'S GONE WRONG
There are a few simple things you can do if your salad dressing goes wrong.
If your salad dressing is too salty, try adding a pinch of sugar, a little fruit juice or a little maple syrup or agave syrup.
Just add a little, mix and taste to see if you need more. It's easier to add than take away.
Instead of adding salt, why not add a little soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, miso or some tahini paste?
If you have added too much vinegar or lemon juice, it is easy to correct the balance, just add a bit more oil or you can add a pinch of sugar or maple syrup.
If your salad dressing doesn't have enough flavour, try adding some herbs or some mustard.
HOW TO USE UP LEFTOVER SALAD DRESSING
Here are a few ways you can use up your salad dressing:
- SALAD - the obvious choice, but always delicious
- WRAP - drizzle some on your wrap filling before you wrap it to take your wraps to the next level, but don't add too much
- PITTA - also good drizzled over your pitta filling
- COUSCOUS - mix it through your couscous to give it more flavour
- BULGUR WHEAT - same as couscous, mix through for flavour
- QUINOA - same again, mix through for flavour
- PASTA SALAD - mix it through your pasta salad
- PASTA - try it mixed through hot pasta with roasted vegetables
- POTATO SALAD - use salad dressing instead of mayo
- VEGETABLE KEBABS - once your kebabs come off the BBQ, drizzle them with salad dressing
VEGAN JAM JAR SALAD DRESSINGS