6 Homemade Salad Dressings

Mother Nature may still be hibernating, but spring is right around the corner and warmer temperatures are on their way.  Hearty salads can help to brighten the seasonal gloom and tide you over until the mercury rises again, so why not try these refreshing ideas for dressings courtesy of Aliments du Québec?

Sweet

Combine olive oil, raspberry vinegar, crushed fresh raspberries and a splash of maple syrup. The result is a twist on a strawberry vinaigrette that goes perfectly on lamb’s lettuce and grated beets sprinkled with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries.

Sweet, but not too sweet!

Combine mayonnaise, plain fat-free yogurt, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and freshly ground pepper. This is the ideal dressing for a grilled chicken salad with sliced strawberries and brie.

Salty-sweet

Mix olive oil, reduced-sodium soy sauce, maple syrup and minced garlic. This dressing pairs wonderfully with a Buddha bowl or any salad featuring fresh, seasonal vegetables.

Classic

Mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, a hint of honey and minced garlic. This classic dressing is perfect for drizzling over Boston lettuce from Hydroserre Mirabel, on top of tomato, bocconcini and prosciutto kebabs, or over a piece of tender, oven-baked salmon fillet.

Refreshing

Combine delicately sliced cucumber cubes, sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, and freshly chopped mint. Try this dressing on a salad made with lamb’s lettuce and slices of fresh, crunchy apples.

Creamy

Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, olive oil, red wine vinegar, grated parmesan, skim milk, finely chopped garlic and herbes de Provence. This is a classic, creamy dressing that goes beautifully over mixed greens and cherry tomatoes or added to your favourite pasta salad.