My favourite salad dressings + how to use them
Sometimes, a good dressing is all you need to transform a mundane salad into a sensational one! Dressings can often be high in fat with lots of oil and mayonnaise, but some of my favourite dressings not only pack a flavour punch, but are healthy too. It’s easy to make up your own dressings (and you can get a little creative), but the key thing is you get a good balance of sour, salty and sweet flavours. You can always throw in some aromatic herbs too! Here are some of my favourite dressing recipes that are bound to jazz up your salads but be kind to your waistline
This dressing is perfect with a simple slaw loaded with cucumber, radish, mung beans and sesame seeds. Or, my favourite way is with my Beef Carpaccio, Japanese Style. It’s my take on the classic Beef Tataki, loaded with fresh herbs and zingy flavours – perfect for your next dinner party.
What would a list of salad dressings be without the classic, Caesar dressing? It’s a favourite for a reason – it’s creamy and rich, with tang from the lemon. Try it out with my Gourmet Caesar Salad with Avocado, or a healthy spin on brunch – my Brunch Salad.
This is an incredibly useful dressing for any Asian style salad – I love the complementing sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavours – everything a Thai dressing should be. It goes great in a slaw packed with thinly sliced bok choy, coriander and peanuts, or with my autumnal Thai Beef Salad with Roast Pumpkin, Kaffir Lime and Peanuts.
Raspberry and balsamic is one incredible combination. The great thing about this dressing is how little effort it takes – just pop all the ingredients in a jar and shake! I love it with my Roast Pumpkin, Pear, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad.
To be doing what I am today is a dream come true. It all started when I was 12 years old. I was watching TV after school one day and Jamie Oliver was cooking up a storm on The Naked Chef.