Whether for a take-away salad, a starter or a healthy main dish: these four are quick to prepare, with great salad dressings and lots of options to enjoy your salad.
Homemade salads are delicious and healthy, and the recipes are very easy. Photo: © VeselovaElena / iStock / Getty Images Plus
There’s a lot to recommend making your own salads: store-bought dressings often contain preservatives, binders, colorings – known as E numbers – and too much sugar. Besides, preparing fresh salads is not magic.
We’ll show you 4 of the best recipes for making the perfect salad – plus which dressing goes best with which salad, so you’ll always have the right dressing on hand.
The amounts indicated in the recipes are approximately sufficient 6 servings of salad.
4 recipes for making salad
1 Salad with herbs
This herb vinaigrette recipe is easy to make. Photo: © vanillaechoes / iStock / Getty Images Plus
Salad with fresh herbs tastes great not only in summer. A small amount of finely chopped parsley is enough to add a special touch to the dressing. For just the right seasoning, you can also mix in different herbs to suit your taste.
In order for edible herbs to really come into their own, it is recommended to use a milder oil such as sunflower, safflower or canola. But olive oil is also very suitable
A little orange or lemon juice also gives a nice freshness to the salad.
Ingredients for herb salad
- 1 bunch chopped herbs (eg parsley, chives, lemon balm, rocket)
- Juice of 1 orange or ½ lemon
- 8 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 spoons of water
- Salt, chili, pepper, 1 pinch of sugar
- For this dressing, first squeeze the juice.
- It is mixed well with oil, water, salt and freshly ground pepper and a little sugar.
- Then add the chopped herbs and mix, then add the salad.
Tip: If you use orange juice instead of lemon juice for the sauce, you will get a slightly milder acidity. Both juices pair well with the herbs in the recipe.
2 A simple salad dressing
A balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing is delicious and easy to make. Photo: © fcafotodigital / iStock / Getty Images Plus
Vinegar, oil, salt and pepper – the basic dressing is easy to make and nothing is required for a good and healthy salad.
the Choice of vinegar and oil is a matter of taste. Some appreciate a neutral flavored sunflower or canola oil, while others prefer a good olive oil. If you want to be particularly fragrant, choose nutty argan oil or fine linseed oil.
The same goes for vinegar. For a classic vinaigrette, that is. For a simple oil and vinegar dressing, use white wine vinegar. For a more robust salad, use the tangy-sweet Aceto Balsamico.
Opt for balsamic vinegar for an extra mild note, and if you like it really fruity, make a delicious raspberry vinaigrette with raspberry vinegar.
Tip: Mixing vinegar and oil is difficult. This is where whips and whips come in handy. Faster with a tablespoon of water or emulsifiers. Mustard and garlic are good tools here.
Ingredients for quick salad preparation
- 4 tablespoons of vinegar
- 6 spoons of oil
- 2 spoons of water
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Freshly ground pepper
For this delicious recipe, mix all the ingredients well in a shaker or salad bowl, then toss into the salad with salad servers.
Tip: Always toss the salad before serving, especially as salad greens like lettuce, lamb’s lettuce or batavia tend to fall into the salad bowl quickly. Iceberg or endive salads are less sensitive.
Basic outfit options: Add finely chopped garlic cloves, finely chopped onions or shallots. A pinch of sugar also reduces acidity.
By the way, a simple vinaigrette goes well not only with salad, but also with green asparagus.
Salad to go: These recipes are perfect “to go”
3 Salad with yogurt
Yogurt instead of mayonnaise: perfect for a fresh, perfect salad. Photo: © vaaseenaa / iStock / Getty Images Plus
If you like creamy salads, French dressing is the right choice. In a French salad recipe, mayonnaise usually provides a creamy consistency. Alternatively, you can also use cream, sour cream or cream.
Dressing the salad with a little yogurt will make it healthier and fresher. Made for the same lean but slightly more tart, you can use buttermilk in this recipe.
Ingredients for yogurt and sauce
- 100 ml of natural yogurt or kefir
- 2 tablespoons onion (finely chopped)
- 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
- 3 spoons of sunflower oil
- 1 pinch of salt and sugar
- Freshly ground red pepper
- For this recipe, mix the herbs with yogurt – or the alternatives mentioned.
- Add other ingredients and mix with salad greens.
Alternatively, this dressing pairs well with raw salads such as carrot salad. Let it rest for at least an hour and taste again before serving.
Tip: If you use dill instead of chives, this salad dressing recipe is perfect for a cucumber salad.
Top tip: If you have time, you can easily make kefir yourself, even without a machine
4 Spicy sweet honey mustard dressing
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Don’t you have a meeting tomorrow? Great, how about a honey mustard dressing? In this salad recipe, hot, spicy garlic and mildly sweet honey make a great pairing, and a little mustard provides the perfect all-around flavor.
Tip: You can prepare this outfit beautifully. The garlic smell comes back in an hour or two.
You will need it for this salad
- 2-3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 spoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon mustard (such as Dijon mustard)
- 4 spoons of olive oil
- 6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- First, mix garlic, honey and salt well with a fork.
- Then slowly stir in the balsamic vinegar until the honey dissolves.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with the salad.
This salad is perfect for a classic green salad, a tossed salad, or a fall nutmeg salad. For the latter, you can also use black balsamic vinegar and add some chopped nuts or fresh herbs.