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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Make It Yourself: Teresa’s Amazing Adaptable Dressing

Our neighbor Teresa Bobbitt is thrifty, creative, and resourceful—a master of cheap eating. She’s developed a salad dressing that varies in ingredients but is unfailingly good because she layers flavors, using multiple oils, acids, and herbs. With the sesame oil and soy sauce, this dressing has a slight Asian flavor, but you can use anything you like, as long as you keep the basic proportions. Here’s a recent batch she made:

1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. toasted sesame oil
1/3 c. flaxseed oil

juice from ½ lemon
1/3 cup cider vinegar
½ cup balsamic vinegar, or to taste
1/3 cup soy sauce

1 T. herb-flavored salt
1 t. grainy mustard
2 t. curry powder
4 garlic cloves
A few leaves of mustard greens and arugula
Assorted herbs*

Whiz it all up in a blender, and enjoy. Serves many people.

* Teresa uses dried herbs in winter, fresh in summer, using anything that’s available, including thyme, tarragon, dill, chives, basil, and oregano. 


  1. Beautiful salad!

  2. Nasturtiums are delicious, if you have them...

  3. how long can you keep this dressing without it spoiling? i cook for one most of the time :/

  4. Teresa says that she keeps her batches in the refrigerator for three to four weeks. We don't see any reason why this dressing wouldn't last four weeks if refrigerated.