No More Salad Dressing

Well, at least the store bought kind. This month for our One Small Change we are going to make our own salad dressing. I’ve been making my own ranch dressing for a while, but I’m going to branch out and try a bunch of different kinds. We will finish up what we have in the fridge, but I won’t be buying any more this month. Last month went pretty well, not exactly how I had planned, but well all the same. We have had so much snow (got more today, ugh) and so much wind that I have not been able to start hanging out clothes out yet. I also didn’t get any air purifying plants for the house, but I did make more string bags and we planted a bunch of seeds to get out garden started. So it wasn’t exactly what I was aiming to do, but I still feel satisfied that we made some progress. Hopefully soon I will have an update on the string bags. I had started one that just ended up taking entirely too long, so it was abandoned, but I do believe that I have found my go-to string bag for produce. I’ll tell you more next week. Hope the weather is nicer where you are.

food, green • Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 • 13 Comments »
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13 Responses to “No More Salad Dressing”

  1. Jen says:

    What a great small change. Homemade salad dressing is always better than store bought. In fact I made a cumin salad dressing last night for a napa cabbage salad and it was delicious. You will have fun coming up with recipes. My one small change was to sign up as a carbon neutral blog, by signing up a tree will be planted in my blog’s honor. Easy! It’s snowy here tooo!

  2. Oh I love this change! I still haven’t posted mine. Eeeek!
    Will you share the recipes???

  3. Adina says:

    I like homemade salad dressing. Let me know if you want any recipes. For instance, I have a great Caesar dressing recipe and I’ve made a poppy seed one that goes great with greens, mandarin oranges, and almond slivers.

  4. Sandie says:

    My small change has been to use white vinegar for cleaning and descaling …. the house sometimes smells like a chip shop but I guess that is an English thing!

  5. kristina says:

    Our weather has gone gray and cold again–but hopefully sunny later in the week. Making my own salad dressing has been on my list of things to try for ages. You’ve got me excited about it now–mmm!

    K x

  6. Kathy says:

    Love the pics and hope to see all kinds of yummy dressings here!
    RE: laundry drying. We’ve been researching different clotheslines and during my research, I found out that you can hang dry laundry even in freezing temperatures. You just hang the clothes, the water freezes in the clothes, then the wind removes the frost. It does take a while though.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Nicole, I will definitely share recipes as I come up with them. I’ll give you my ranch one soon.

    Adina, thanks, I will have to take you up on that, now that I don’t have braces, I can eat poppy seeds again, yeah!

    Kathy, if it was just cold, I would still try to dry outdoors, but it’s the wind that is the big problem. Last year I tried, but then I ended up running outside every five minutes to gather clothes from all corners of the yard. It is not uncommon for us to get 60mph winds frequently. I’m still trying to figure out how to find the space in the house to hang them during the winter. Thanks for the info though.

  8. Mousy Brown says:

    Love the look of those salad ingredients and am very interested to see what bag you come up with! 😀

  9. French Knots says:

    We have been really lucky and had lovely sunny afternoons for the last few days. I struggle with salads as the children only like cucumber and carrot, perhaps some tasty dressing would make them more tempting!

  10. Sarah says:

    I’ve never liked the bottled dressings, I have to admit. After spending a fair amount of time in France and watching the various stylish ladies I knew make their own vinaigrette, I never went back to the store-bought kind. I have plenty of other things I need to be changing, though: less plastic packaging, more reusable containers at the grocery store, and fewer trips to the store! Maybe I need to start making yogurt, too. Ack, the list grows!

  11. Just reading through the comments – you have to be careful when hanging clothes indoors to dry – if you don’t ventilate the room properly, you introduce a lot of damp air into the house, which can cause mould and mildew.
    I like the simplest of sald dressing – oil, vinegar and a little mustard (put in a jar and shake well)

  12. Jennifer says:

    frayedattheedge, thanks for the warning. It is so dry here that it might actually stop us from having to use the humidifier all winter. I can imagine it would be a nightmare if you already have moist air though.

  13. sheena says:

    I am so excited to see your recipes!! I make a few basic vinaigrettes, but have never made ranch….I would love to try it!

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