This is one of my favorite weeknight salad dressings, not least because it’s a cinch to make and my whole family loves it. It’s a classic oil and vinegar dressing with lots of garlic and a few surprise ingredients, like Worcestershire sauce and maple syrup. Sounds unusual, I know, but it works — the Worcestershire adds a punch of savory flavor and the maple syrup rounds out the acidity.
To make it, simply combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake to emulsify. That’s all there is to it. As always, when dressing salads, be sure greens are completely dry so the dressing doesn’t get watered down.
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Zesty Homemade Italian Salad Dressing
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Colavita or Lucini
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, best quality such as Pompeian Gourmet or Domaine des Vignes
- 1-1/2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 small garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large head of romaine, washed, dried and cut into large, bite-sized pieces
- Combine all ingredients in a jar. Seal tightly with lid and shake vigorously to emulsify. Toss gently with the romaine lettuce right before serving. Store extra dressing in refrigerator for up to a week. As the dressing sits, it will separate (and solidify in the fridge), so be sure to shake well before using.
- Serving size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 155
- Fat: 16 g
- Saturated fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Sodium: 151 mg
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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