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Tasty Salad Dressings Fresh From Your Garden

Updated on May 20, 2012

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Fresh Salad Dressings

If you enjoy fresh ingredients in your food,then they cannot come any fresher or more nutritious than the products that you grow in your own garden and now is the time to use them whilst they are plentiful.

Herbs and salad crops are some of the easiest things you can grow in your garden in fact they can also be grown in tubs and pots and you don't need a great deal of space.

These delicious salad dressings are ready in a few minutes using your own fresh produce and basic stock ingredients,as well as being easy to make they are also low cost,and of course you should use your own freshly grown leaves.

Fresh radishes add crispness and flavour
Fresh radishes add crispness and flavour | Source

Mint with Radish and Spring Onion Salad dressigs

This is a really crunchy zesty salad dressing with lots of flavour and goes with almost anything.The rice vinegar makes it a little lighter and the soy sauce is an option.

You will need:

  • Bunch of fresh mint.
  • 4/5 radishes depending on size
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of nut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1teasspoon of caster sugar

Finely chop the mint,radish and spring onions and put them in a bowl.Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a separate bowl, pour this over the mint radish and onions stir together and let it infuse for 5 minutes.

Pour over your favourite salad leaves.I find this blends well together with spinach and rocket.


Lemon Marjoram and Parsley Salad Dressing

This is another zingy fresh tasting dressing, I use a lemon flavour marjoram,you could use lemon balm but ordinary marjoram works well as you are adding some lemon juice.If you wish you could add some finely chopped cucumber

You will need:

  • Good handful of lemon marjoram or lemon balm
  • A few sprigs of parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of caster sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop the herbs and add to a separate bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients and blend or shake together.

This dressing is great with watercress and is tasty with fish and seafood salads

These recipes are enough to serve 3 or 4. I like to make them fresh for each occasion.


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      rbm 5 years ago

      Oooh, I have to try your mint/radish/onion salad dressing, that sounds great! I love all three of those and grow them in my garden. :)

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      ronaldoh 5 years ago from England

      Cheers,Vampsdes. I tend to make up these recipes as I go along and often just use vinegars and omit the oils.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      These are great ideas, I had never even considered making my own salad dressing before. You go to eat a salad and you feel like you're eating healthy, but really when you get done adding your favorite dressing it contains just as much fat content as eating a burger. Unless of course you go with the fat free versions, of course I'm not a big fan of those, ha ha!

      Making our own salad dressing would be a great healthier alternative. This way you know exactly what you're eating too. This is something we'll definitely have to try in the future! Voted up!