Thing Eight

A few years ago, a coworker and I were discussing our love of salads. She remarked that she rarely to never used store bought dressing because making your own dressings just made things so much better. I think I scoffed and mentioned that I was tired. Reader, I married her. Not quite true, but I did soon marry her idea. Making your own dressing is so much more delicious and honestly not that much work.

Enter pomegranate molasses, and congrats to Thing awardee Megan in Lakewood, OH. A Mediterranean favorite, soon to be a favorite of yours. I use this in dressings, sauces, cocktails, and anything I see fit. A little goes a long way and a bottle will last you forever. You can find it in most large grocery stores in the so-called “International Foods” section. Just don’t look for it in central Italy. You can also make your own.

TIP: Hazelnut and grapeseed are great oil choices for dressings if you want to avoid the olive flavor for a particular salad. I make all dressings with an immersion blender (takes 2 seconds), and pretty much always use a bit of dijon mustard as an emulsifier.

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