No recipe? No problem

Presented by Mad Radish, Official sponsor of the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Finish Line VIP Tent

So, you have all the fixings for a super-healthy salad ready and waiting in your fridge, but what about the dressing? Store-bought dressings are an amazing convenience, but all too often they’re packed with more sugar, salt and preservatives than you really want on your plate. But whipping up a dressing from scratch can feel daunting – especially if you don’t have a recipe memorized. The good news? You don’t really NEED a recipe. All you have to remember is a handy ratio:

3 parts oil (ex. Olive, canola, sunflower)
1 part acid (ex. Vinegar, citrus juice)
1 tsp – 1 tbsp emulsifier (ex. maple syrup, Dijon mustard)
Add-ins (ex. fresh herbs)
Salt + pepper


How easy is that? The right balance of heart-healthy oil and tangy vinegar, with an emulsifying agent to help everything mix together, and some tasty add-ins to keep things interesting. Our favourite trick? Buy a plastic squeeze bottle or two and make a big batch of dressing right in the bottle. It’ll keep in the fridge for weeks, and you’ll have something tasty and healthy to dress your veggies with at a moment’s notice.

Here are some of our favourite variations to get you started…but the sky’s the limit! 

  1. Olive oil, lemon juice, honey, shallots, thyme
  2. Sunflower oil, lemon juice + red wine vinegar, honey, raspberries, mint
  3. Avocado oil, lime juice, maple syrup, green onions, chipotle peppers


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