Fresh Herb Vinaigrette
DIY salad dressings are easy, tasty, and healthy. First recipe featured in a 3 part series.
By: Jodie Shield, RDN
Tired of buying expensive, processed salad dressings? Make your own! It’s so easy and much healthier for you. Over the next few blogs, I’m going to share some of my go-to, homemade salad dressing recipes: Fresh Herb Vinaigrette, Greek Dressing, and Spicy Ranch Dressing. I’m also adding all of the recipes to my iTunes app Time To Eat Healthy: Homemade Meals in Minutes.
This Fresh Herb Vinaigrette recipe originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune, for which I am the nutrition analyst. It takes only minutes to make and uses all of the fresh herbs I like to grow in my garden – fresh parsley, basil, and chives. You can pick them up at a farmers’ market or grocery store, too. Just make sure they are fresh! Simply put all the dressing ingredients into a jar with a tight fitting lid, and shake. Store extra dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week. Serve this dressing on fresh mixed greens, Classic Spinach Salad, Beet Walnut Salad, and Strawberry Feta Salad.
Prep Time = 5 minutes
Cooking Time = None
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
Mix olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, basil, chives, salt, and cumin in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well before using.
Nutritional Information per Serving (1 Tablespoon): 92 calories, 0 grams protein, 1 gram carbohydrate, 10 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams fiber, 111 milligrams sodium