Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Recipe Redux: Mason Jar Salad Dressing

Mason jars are so hot right now. They rock for basically everything. Vases, smoothies, salads, you name it. I love that Recipe Redux is jumping on this trend. Below you'll see everything from desserts to full meals--all in a jar. One of my goals for this fall is to start fermenting in mason jars. Watch out sauerkraut and kimchi--i'm coming for you

So why make your own salad dressing? And why shake it up old school in a jar? Well jar=glass=reusable=lasts forever, without leaching any nasty chemicals. Plus the wide mouth means you can put any ingredients in there without having to find a funnel (who even owns a funnel?? Not I). When you make your own salad dressing you know exactly what goes in it, and since your kitchen probably doesn't contain any soy emulsifiers or weird artificial flavors, and colors, it will be healthier for you. Plus it gives you an opportunity to get a little creative. As long as you're balancing flavors it's sure to be delicious.  The basic recipe for a salad dressing goes like this:
  • Acid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar)
  • Fat (olive oil. Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil, walnut oil etc)
  • Emulsifier (because oil and acid are not best friends, and they need someone to help them bind together) (mustard, tahnini, avocado)
  • Sweet (honey, maple syrup)
  • Salt
  • Herbs

Here's my favorite combination
 Rosemary Salad Dressing (in a jar)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary

 Instructions:
1. pour all ingredients into a pint size mason jar
2. shake shake shake!! (that lid better be screwed on tightly)
3. Pour over salad (massage that kale)
4. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks (if it lasts that long)
image source cuppow

Even better--put this salad dressing in the BNTO container by cuppow so that your greens don't get all soggy after you pack your lunch.

What do you put in a mason jar??

9 comments:

Carlene Thomas RD said...

I'm dying that you labeled this post 'hipster' as a tag. You're my salad jar soul mate.

kylie @ immaeatthat said...

I LOVE anything that is rosemary-based! I'm getting married soon and have even been thinking about lining the aisle with rosemary bushels...kind of obsessed haha:)

Meal Makeover Mom Janice said...

I once shook a salad dressing in a restaurant and the top wasn't on tight... you can imagine what happened! Love this simplicity of the dressing recipe. I love rosemary but don't think to add it to my dressings so I'll give it a try.

Alex @ delicious-knowledge.com said...

I love mason jars for the cool effect, but really adore them because they don't absorb smells! perfect for this gal who enjoys way too much garlic and onion in her salad dressings. rosemary sounds yummy!

Kerry said...

I love mason jars, and use them for everything from salad dressing to overnight oats. I like to use fresh fruit juices in dressings too!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

I always get in salad ruts and this will definitely become my new salad dressings - I can feel it! Great post :)

Kara said...

love the addition of rosemary! will be trying asap.

Kristen said...

I love trying new salad dressing recipes! Never tried the mason jar salad-I should!

Matthew @ Lasik for Your Surgeon said...

Rosemary! What a great idea...