Salad dressings are one of the products I refuse to buy from the supermarket because there is just no need! As long as you've got a good quality oil & some vinegar or citrus juice as a base, you can make just about any type you want. They will taste so much better for being fresh and you won't have loads of different bottles clogging up your fridge either. The trick is to use the best quality oil you can find, it really makes a difference.
Last week, I was fortunate enough to be sent a bottle of premium LIÁ OLIVE OIL by the lovely founders of the brother & sister company in Southern Greece. Well, to called this oil 'special' is simply not doing it justice, because it's amazing. I'm not just waxing lyrical about this brand because it's got an awesome name (ahem) or the fact that it was sent to me as a gift. No, it really has a beautiful, simple, clean taste like I've never experienced with olive oil before. It's pungent, yet pure with a fruity and (I think) faint eucalyptus-y undertones. It has worked so well with the lemony dressings I have made with it already, just simple dressings, over some mixed leaves and I'm looking forward to pairing it with some balsamic to drizzle over a pea-shoot & sweet orange salad very soon (like, today!) In terms of products I want in my kitchen, this really is precious stuff and hands down the best Extra Virgin Olive Oil I have ever tasted. It feels good to know that no matter what the English weather throws at us this year, our salads (no matter what the dressing!) will taste of the Greek sunshine, and that is something to look forward to, so Thank You Cristina!
What are your favourite salad dressings?