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I remember it clearly. Immaculate greens, delicious, fresh tomatoes and peppers with perfectly grated beets and carrots topped with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and kissed with feta cheese. The dressing was divine. It was the perfect salad. “What restaurant was I at?” you ask. Just a little place called…Home.

I looked up at France after taking the first bite and exclaimed, “God dang this is delicious!” Okay, I might have used another set of words, but you get the idea. This was the best salad I’d ever had. I asked France what dressing she’d bought and she said, “I didn’t buy it. I made it.” I was amazed and in love all over again. We men really are simple creatures.

One of my favorite salads: Fennel, Cucumber & Strawberry with Paprika Crusted Shrimp

She then proceeded to show me how easy it was to make the salad dressing and how it only took a handful of ingredients that you could change whenever you wanted in order to make an infinite number of salad dressings. Then we looked at the ingredient list on a store bought salad dressing and there were almost 20 ingredients, some of which weren’t even real food and most of which contained high fructose corn syrup.

From then on I was sold. Any inkling I ever had for store bought dressing was dead. Nail on the coffin, cold blooded killer, D-E-A-D, dead.

That was a few years back when France enlightened me to the simplicity, quickness and healthiness of making homemade salad dressings. While the dressing I share isn’t the one she made for me that day, it’s a great base salad dressing that you can easily modify whenever you want and is always handy to have around. Plus, it’s ready in less than a minute. Sweet!

What’s your favorite homemade salad dressing recipe? Share with us in the comment section below.

I’m sharing this with My Meatless Mondays, Real Food 101, Mangia Mondays, Tasty Tuesday, A Little Birdie told Me, Fat Tuesdays, and Traditional Tuesdays and Monday Mania.

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