When it comes to salad dressing, I like to keep it simple. If I can't throw it all in a blender, give it a whirl, I don't want to be bothered with it! So none of my recipes need any fancy tools except a blender! In fact, you could just put it all in a mason jar and shake it! It would also work with any kind of salad dressing shaker as well.
A lot of salad dressing recipes call for fancy oils, but unless you have a personal preference for oils and want to use something difference, I always just use extra virgin olive oil in all my dressings that call for oil or salad oil. I have never had issues with flavor. Next in regards to vinegar. While you can use any vinegar really, I keep mine to either Red Wine Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, or Rice Vinegar. For this recipe, I have tried them all, and it tastes the best (we think anyway) with Red Wine Vinegar. I have also tried using different infusion versions of Red Wine Vinegar in it (pomegranate is my favorite version) and it's delightful. The only vinegar substitution I recommend for this particular recipe, would be plain white vinegar.
Here's the recipe--just 8 ingredients!
1/4 c. Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 c. ketchup
1/4 tsp celery salt (or celery seed)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 T. Oregon Trail Juniper Berry Spice (optional)
1/4 c. Water--as needed to thin.
Put it all in a blender (or a quart jar) and give it a nice long whirl to get it all mixed up. I store mine in a salad dressing container or a mason jar. Both work perfectly fine. You will always need to shake it before using because it will get a bit thicker.
Side note: I highly recommend you dip your finger and taste your final result. If it's too vinegary, you could add another dash of ketchup or a smidge of sugar. If you want it a bit thinner, add some water. I usually end up adding about 1/4 c. of water to make it pourable.
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So there you have it. Our family's two favorite salad dressings. We also enjoy using Ranch dressing for a dip, but you know, I have yet to find a homemade recipe that I like--so for now, we will continue to purchase a version we love. But I am hopeful that one of these days I will find one that's tasty!