This is the salad dressing that I make and have in my fridge for everyday use on salads. It's simple and delicious. Use good quality ingredients in this dressing and your salad and you can't go wrong.
For years our family has enjoyed the salad at The Pasta House Company in St. Louis. It is a very popular recipe here. We particularly love their salad. (See my post about the salad: Everyday Italian Tossed Salad.) Pasta House Famous Salad Dressing is now available in stores here. I'm not sure if it is distributed outside of St. Louis; but I was surprised to find it available on Amazon. As bottled dressings go, it's a good one.
I prefer to make my own salad dressings. It's easy, less expensive, and I like to control the ingredients. This recipe is as close as I could come to the Pasta House version, which is really just a slightly seasoned, simple vinaigrette.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per tablespoon of dressing): 77 calories, 8.7g fat, .1g carbs, 0g fiber & protein. Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 2
Step-by-step photos for making Everyday Vinaigrette.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: red wine vinegar, kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, extra virgin olive oil, and canola oil. (I recommend a good quality garlic powder over fresh garlic. The flavor is mild, and it will keep longer in the fridge than if it's made with fresh garlic.)
Step 2. Add the vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a bowl or 2-cup measure cup. Whisk together.
Step 3. While whisking rapidly, pour in canola oil in a thin stream.
Step. 4. Continue whisking and add the olive oil in a thin stream.
This dressing is good on any combination of greens and veggies. It's perfect with my Everyday Italian Tossed Salad. Here's the recipe:
Make it a yummy day!