Why Store-Bought Dressings Suck

I used to buy “healthy”, low-fat salad dressings and bring them to work with my lunch:  a big old salad.

I thought it tasted pretty good and was proud of myself for making healthier choices.

But then, a few years ago I attempted to make a vinaigrette for dinner guests and I wanted to slap myself in the face.

Three ingredients, less than one minute of work and WAY more delicious than any of that bottled, store-bought nonsense.

There is no such thing as a good store-bought dressing.
– Michael Pollan, Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual

By the way, have you ever stopped to check the ingredients on a bottled salad dressing? Even the “healthy” ones are full of weird ingredients: crappy vinegars, low-quality vegetable oils, and things that I either can’t pronounce or would never keep in my pantry.

No thanks.

So after making my own, I never looked back.  I make this dressing EVERY DAY, with small tweaks here and there.

In fact, whenever I’m asked to bring food to a family gathering, I’m always put on dressing duty because of my amazing, “magic” dressing. Those suckers don’t realize it’s only 3 ingredients and a few shakes of a whisk.

Don’t be a sucker – learn this dressing formula and it will change your salad-eating life forever:


  • Change up the oil: instead of olive oil, try walnut oil or hazelnut oil.
  • Change up the acid: instead of sherry vinegar, try apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or lighten it up with fresh lemon or lime juice.
  • Sweeten it – add a smidge of honey to make it sweeter and more like “honey mustard” dressing.
  • Freshen it up – add minced shallots or fresh herbs before you whisk it.

Carrots Dipped in Dressing

The possibilities are endless!

What variation would you make to this dressing formula?

P.S. This dressing formula is part of the Mix & Match Recipe Formulas in my membership program, Go Feed Yourself.  Check it out to get more recipe formulas and the new Fall 2013 Menu Plan.


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