I'm not really sure what it was! Was it for the love of pizza? That discussion on the Diaper Pin forum about reducing the grocery bill? A conversation with a friend about being tired of my addiction to Ranch dressing? Being sick of running out of bread? I'm not sure if it was one of those things or a combination of all of them, but I've gotten onto a from scratch roller coaster and I'm on for a ride that I don't think can stop and let me off.
The above mentioned things did all happen around the same time, and somehow, they've all blended together into a marvelous change in how I think about cooking and groceries.
First, I had lunch with a friend and we talked a lot about processed foods. In that conversation I realized how bad it made me feel that I almost daily drenched my spinach salad with ranch dressing. Not only was it fattening, but filled with all things unnatural. I decided that day to learn to make my own salad dressing, so I started by looking on line. There's tons out there, and it looked easy. But all of a sudden I remembered an old spinach salad recipe that I'd loved, especially the dressing. It had never occurred to me to use this dressing on any salad. I pulled it out and made some.
It was SO easy and SO delicious. I have NO desire for Ranch anymore. I look forward to eating salad as much as I do cake and cookies now! It's also made from ingredients that we always have on hand! You can use it with any lettuce, but it definitely compliments spinach well.
Here it is. I usually double it and keep it in a recycled soy sauce bottle.
Olive Oil and Garlic Salad Dressing
1/2 c. olive oil
2TB wine vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 small clove garlic (I usually break it in half to help the flavor out)
1/8 tsp. fresh pepper
Shake together and viola!
Scratch salad dressing off the grocery list! What's next? Stay tuned to find out!