My grandma used to say for a good meal, she just needed a good salad and good bread. When I think about dinner with my grandparents, it always included a salad, and it always included a Mrs. Bernstein’s salad dressing. But aside from that salad dressing, my favorite dressings were always ones my mom made. That’s probably why I also love making my own salad dressings. Though, I still have a few favorite store-bought dressings I love, because let’s honest, who has time to always make their own dressings?!
This salad dressing really is “magical.” I would never think to add cumin to a salad dressing, let alone applesauce or maple syrup, but this is really good. I omitted the miso because I don’t eat soy. I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like with the miso, but the final product how I made it below is great! The only downside to the recipe is it makes just 4 servings, so you’ll need to double the recipe, if you want enough to enjoy throughout the week. Bon apetit!
“Magical” Applesauce Vinaigrette
adapted from Plant Powered Families
serves 4 (1 serving = 2 tbsp)
1/4 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
1/4 rounded tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stoneground mustard (or dijon)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 -1.5 tbsp maple syrup
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place all ingredients in a small food processor and blend together until smooth. Adjust for seasonings. Add a little more maple syrup for a sweeter dressing OR add a couple teaspoons of water for a thinner dressing.
NOTE – you may need to double batch to make it easier to blend in the blender or food processor.
OTHER GOOD SALAD DRESSINGS
(store-bought + vegan/gluten-free/soy-free)
Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinaigrette (I’ve found it at Whole Foods + Ralphs)
Maplegrove Fat-free Balsamic Dressing (I’ve found it at Gelsons, Ralphs, + Walmart)
Follow Your Heart Low Fat Balsamic Dressing (I’ve found it a some Gelsons + some Whole Foods)