How to make Homemade Salad Vinaigrette
I do not have a college education, though I believe I’ve earned a Masters Degree in Life, graduating the top of my class!
My career includes working at Steinfeld’s Pickles, a server in a fast food taco restaurant, a bank teller and in security at a Nuclear Power Plant. I’ve worked as an Executive Assistant for the Presidents of two different companies.
In South Carolina, Wisconsin and Minnesota I worked for a BIG financial institution selling short term high interest loans. Though I outsold my co-workers both in $$’s and volume, I made half of what the college graduates made (who were also male, but that’s an entirely different story).
I’ve worked as a headhunter doing hardcore telemarketing sales and excelled in sales. From there I started my own business and learned how fulfilling it is to work for myself, but I still was not satisfied with my career.Free Printable Click Here!
Living in Oregon, Virginia, California, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Minnesota allowed me the opportunity to experience many different cuisines. Traveling or life has taken me to 43 of the 50 states here in America! I’ve experienced many cuisines and cultures. I love the diversity life’s experiences has offered me!
When I began my food blog three years ago, I did not know where it would take me. However, I was pretty sure my Facebook friends were tired of seeing a newsfeed full of pictures of food. (I think many blogs get started that way!) 😊
I first learned how to make salad dressing when I was a kid. I remember watching Mom make Thousand Island Salad Dressing to mound on top of crab louie salads. YUM!!! I’ve learned to make my own salad dressing. I enjoy the freshness and variety without having a huge bottle in the fridge that is never used up before being tossed.
Homemade salad dressing taste so much better than bottled. A base of oil and vinegar offers big flavor without the heavy calories you get from mayonnaise based dressing. (Although substituting greek yogurt for mayonnaise is a great way to enjoy a creamy based dressing while not feeling guilty!)
Making your own vinaigrette is easy, flavorful and luckily doesn’t take a college education – I have definitely found a career I love!
This vinaigrette uses marmalade jam – though I’ve made it with all types of jam; mandarin, plum, blackberry, even strawberry – it’s very versatile! Jam gives it a sweetness without adding excess sugar.
Homemade Vinaigrette saves a ton of money compared to store bought salad dressing, a ton of calories too and it just tastes better!
I’m sharing the recipe below, but before I do I’d love to hear your story! What has brought you to this chapter in your life?
- 2 tablespoons orange marmalade jam*
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon spicy yellow mustard
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- In a large bowl add the jam & vinaigrette & whisk well.
- Stir in the mustard, salt & pepper to combine thoroughly.
- Slowly add the olive oil & continue to whisk briskly to emulsify.
- *That's it! Though my recipe calls for marmalade, I've made this with all types of jam; marmalade, mandarin, plum, blackberry, even strawberry, it's very versatile. Saves a ton of money compared to store bought salad dressing, saves a ton of calories too and it just tastes better!
Ok…so you don’t make your own jam or jelly? Don’t stress – take a shortcut & use your favorite store bought brand.