Friday, July 22, 2011

Paleo Italian Salad Dressing Recipe

It's kind of funny, I went to Costco awhile back to get some balsamic vinegar to combine with some olive oil for a salad dressing.  They Costco store I went to that day didn't have the balsamic vinegar that I had seen at the other Costco we frequent, but they did have a large bottle or red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar packaged together for only $3-something.  So, I bought them, and soon after, came upon this salad dressing recipe that calls for red wine vinegar.  Perfect!  I like that it makes a good-size amount, it contains no added sugar, and it really is a flexible/tweak-able recipe as Sarah says.  It is very potent!  We make this often since we frequently add salads to meals.  I would like to try it as a chicken marinade, too.

1 cup olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar (or experiment with a combo of other vinegars or lemon juice)
2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder or dried minced onion
2 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 1/2 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried or prepared mustard (take your pick)

Combine ingredients in a jar. Store tightly covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator (will need to let the olive oil come to room temp. before serving.)  Shake well before pouring. Enjoy!

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