Dress(ing) up your dishes
Most people think of dressing as being for salad, but this recipe for basic dressing can be used for so much more. A good dressing can be used as a marinade for tofu or beans, or to add flavor to cooked grains like quinoa or rice. It's one of those recipes that you can throw together quickly, and it's a great addition to your culinary basics.
While this may seem obvious, the real key to cooking a great meal is cooking food that tastes good. Which, of course, is subjective, but using the right sauces, spices, herbs and flavorings will go a long way. Even a little salt will make what seems drab and dull a little tastier. Learning to use all these "accessories" well takes time, practice and patience. Don't be discouraged if you make a few "not so tasty" meals now and then - experience is what you get when you don't get what you want!
I really love having this dressing around at all times. I've used it on salad, in quinoa, on tofu - in just about everything. It's a quick and easy way to add flavor to cooked vegetables, and keeps well in the refrigerator.
Let's Make It! Basic Dressing
• You can use different oils or vinegars for this recipe to give the dressing a different flavor.• Optional additions are 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese, 1 Tbsp sugar, or 1/4 tsp cumin. • Be sure to store this in the refrigerator - the oil could go rancid. • It won't hurt this dressing to be warmed up in the microwave or mixed in to a heated dish - you'll be surprised at how well it works.