As we eat salad nearly every day, I like to make a variety of dressings…
That said, we eat at least half of our salad with a simple lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper dressing. With fresh, home picked salad, it’s hard to beat it.
One of the slightly more unusual additions I sometimes use is the spice sumac. It adds a nice lemony flavour to a variety of dressings. A nice version is sherry vinegar, olive oil, chilli flakes (to taste), sumac and crushed garlic. If you are adding a little onion to the salad, you can marinate the onion in the dressing before adding the rest of the ingredients.
It can also work well to make herb paste in the pestle and mortar (add a little salt to help break the herbs down) and mix this with your dressing. Lemon thyme, for example is delicious addition to a lemon and olive oil dressing. Or you can use a mix of herbs like parsley, mint and coriander. It’s fun to experiment.
The other thing I like to do is collect a variety of oils and vinegars. Raw cider vinegar is becoming more common in the shops - it’s healthy and goes very well with a little mustard, honey, galic and olive or rapeseed oil. I also save up my Sainsbury’s points and exchange them for a high quality bottle of balsamic vinegar about once every two years. We only have it very occasionally but it’s a nice occasional treat.