Let’s get one thing straight: A salad is really only as good as its dressing. Sure, it’s important to use farm-fresh, in-season produce. And yes, careful and creative preparation is not to be ignored. But hey: Without a good vinaigrette, you’re just eating forkfuls of dry spinach, and there’s nothing sexy about that. Some of our favorite salad dressings are rich and creamy, and well, not exactly healthy (although there is certainly a time and a place for blue cheese). That’s where these alterna-emulsifiers come in. When you’re looking to get a little creative, try these lighter, brighter ways to turn your dressing into the main event.
I know what the headline says, but the avocado option would be my “go to”. Way more healthy choice. I have information about making your own nut “milk” and butter.
If you’re already grilling outside, throw a handful of unpeeled shallots on the grill along side whatever else is cooking. Turn the shallots until the skins are blackened and the insides are soft, then let them cool. Scoop out the soft insides… You’ll get a sweet smoky flavor that’s good in dressings, sauces, etc.