Tip for Better Salads: Make Big Jars of Homemade Dressing

2011-06-16-KaleSalad1v2.jpg Spring means more fresh vegetables and more dinner salads. It means chopped veggies and dip in the afternoon and whisking up olive oil and vinegar in the evening. But so many salad dressing recipes make just enough for one meal, so what's a salad-loving DIY dressing fan to do? Here are some ideas for make-ahead salad dressings.

The simplest answer is, of course, double your recipe. Most salad dressing recipes yield one cup, although they all vary slightly. If you want a nice, generous Ball jar of salad dressing in your refrigerator for a few weeks, double or triple the recipe. The dressing will last at least a few weeks, and you'll be thrilled to have it all ready when you want a quick salad for lunch without having to whip up a fresh batch of dressing.

Because I love to have a creamy blue cheese and a more neutral lemony vinaigrette on hand at all times, every other weekend or so I whip up a few small jars of each. The trick is to choose dressings that you love and that are everyday enough that you'll use them often. For instance, the Black Pepper Pomegranate Dressing your great aunt recommended may not be the everyday dressing you want to spend your time and energy whipping up.

What are your favorite homemade dressings to have on hand?

5 Classic Salad Dressing Recipes We Love:
Rose's Vinaigrette - Martha Stewart
Homemade Ranch Dressing: The Pioneer Woman
Kiwi and Citrus Dressing - Whole Foods Market
Lemon Yogurt Dressing - Epicurious
Blue Cheese Dressing - Average Betty

Related: Easy Jam Jar Salad Dressings

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