Convenience Mix #14: Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing Mix

Part of the Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes Series

Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension Nutrition Specialist
Revised and updated by Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator Kate Yerxa

Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar, and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix.

A complete index of convenience mix recipes can be found on the Bulletin #4029, Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes page.

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Recipes


Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing Mix

Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing Mix Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)Makes 4 cups

4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup vinegar
3 cups salad oil
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or bottle. Cover, shake well and store in the refrigerator. Shake again before using.


Dressing Variations

For each dressing below, add the specified ingredients to 1 cup Basic Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Curry Dressing:

1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (optional) and 1 or 2 finely chopped, hard-cooked eggs.

Curry Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Florentine Dressing:

3 tablespoons finely minced raw spinach.

Florentine Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Parmesan Dressing:

3 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.

Parmesan Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Vinaigrette Dressing:

2 teaspoons finely chopped chives and 1 to 2 finely chopped, hard-cooked eggs.

Vinaigrette Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Chiffonaide Dressing:

4 teaspoons minced pimento, 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, and 1 finely chopped, hard-cooked egg.

Chiffonaide Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Mint Dressing:

2 tablespoons dried mint leaves and 4 teaspoons sugar.

Mint Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Indian Rose Dressing:

1 small cooked beet, finely chopped, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle.

Indian Rose Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Spicy Red Dressing:

1/3 cup ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon parsley flakes, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil flakes, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed, and 1/4 teaspoon celery salt (cover and refrigerate for 1 week to give herbs time to flavor dressing).

Spicy Red Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Blue Cheese Dressing:

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese.

Blue Cheese Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Celery Dressing:

1 teaspoon celery seeds.

Celery Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Honey-Celery Dressing:

1/2 cup honey and 1 tablespoon celery seeds.

Honey-Celery Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Honey-Lemon-Orange Dressing:

2 tablespoons honey, 4 teaspoons lemon juice, I teaspoon orange juice, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel.

Honey-Lemon-Orange Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)

Honey-Orange Dressing:

2 tablespoons honey,
4 teaspoons orange juice,
1 teaspoon lemon juice,
and 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

Honey-Orange Dressing Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)


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