I've been making salad dressing forever. I grew up tossing balsamic vinegar and olive oil together for the simplest of Italian vinaigrettes. Really, salad dressing is easy to make at home and SO much better for you than the stuff you buy in a bottle. The blue cheese dressing was inspired by looking at a bottle in my pantry and counting 37 ingredients, many of which were artificial additives or preservatives. Yuck. My dressing has 5 ingredients. All of which you have can pronounce and would want to eat. I love it as a dip for veggies, on a salad (of course!), and my favorite- dressing a blackened steak sandwich along with sauteed onions and peppers.
Basil Caesar Dressing
Adapted from Epicurius
2 garlic cloves
1 large egg
1 tbs anchovy paste or 4 oil packed anchoivies
2 cups basil
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
Blue Cheese Dressing
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (I use Stilton)
2/3 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs buttermilk*
In a medium bowl, mash the blue cheese. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
*If you don't have buttermilk hanging around your refrigerator, you can make a quick substitute by measuring out regular milk instead of the buttermilk, then adding a squeeze of lemon juice. Let that sit on the counter for about 5 minutes and you've got a decent substitute for the tangy buttermilk.