May is National Salad Month and to honor this celebration, Sally from our Kitchen Council is sharing a delicious homemade creamy apple vinaigrette recipe with you. Enjoy!
It goes without saying, but dressing can really make or break a salad.
When it comes to freshness, homemade salad dressing trumps store-bought any day of the week. Because you’re making it at home, you can also control the amount of fat and sodium in the dressing—and you’ll avoid additives like the preservatives or added colors often found in the bottled kind.
Fresh, crisp apples make a perfect base for this light, springtime dressing. I chose Stemilt’s Pink Lady apples but feel free to use your favorite: Granny Smith for extra tang, Piñata for a tropical twist, or Braeburn for a note of spicy-sweetness. Be sure to chop the apple with the peel on for this dressing. Not only will you get the extra nutrients in the peel such as fiber, but you’ll also end up with tiny flecks of pretty pink peel throughout the dressing.
White balsamic is one of my favorite vinegars for homemade dressing. Less syrupy and sweet than regular balsamic, it’s both lighter in color and flavor. (If you’ve never used it, you’ll find it stocked alongside regular balsamic in your store.) I also chose to use mild, neutral vegetable or canola oil to let the other flavors shine through. Though most vinaigrette recipes call for whisking in the oil at the end to emulsify the dressing, blending it all together at once actually creates a texture of a creamy vinaigrette.