Do you use Western Salad Dressing? It’s not something I bought very often in the past, even before we eliminated processed foods from our home, but one of my favorite recipes, my Fiesta Pasta Salad, calls for a bottle of it. Well, because of all the not-so-great ingredients in the bottled dressing, I haven’t made this pasta salad recipe in over an entire year!!! And that’s too bad, because it is awesome! However, as I’ve been learning on this journey, whenever I want to make something that calls for a ‘processed ingredient,’ I’m finding I can almost always make it at home with REAL ingredients just as easily. All it usually takes is a quick search on the internet and maybe a few ingredient swaps, and voila…I have my own copycat version! However, unlike the original, store-bought version, my homemade recipe does NOT contain high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil (GMO), propylene glycol alginate, color added, natural flavor, and calcium disodium EDTA (used to protect “quality”). Um, yeah…no, thanks!
I will admit, I haven’t tasted the store bought version in a LONG time, BUT, I really think this is a close substitute. I was really impressed with how it tasted! I bet it would be great on salads or in recipes that call for a bottle, like my Fiesta Pasta Salad recipe, of course!
Homemade Western Dressing
(Equals one 16 oz. bottle of dressing)
- 2/3 cup organic ketchup
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup organic cane sugar (regular sugar could be used too)
- 1 T honey
- 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (I use Annie’s Naturals)
- 1 tsp. dried minced onions (or 1/4 tsp onion powder)
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Store in fridge until ready to use. Enjoy!
P.S. – Want to know what my five absolute favorite (and most used) ‘real food’ kitchen tools are??
- My breadmaker (for making homemade whole wheat bread)
- My smoothie straws (so I don’t have to throw plastic straws away after each use)
- My butter crock (so my organic butter is always soft and spreadable)
- My cheese grater (because I’ve yet to find a package of shredded cheese that does NOT contain wood pulp)
- My Ninja blender with individual blending cups (because I use it almost every day for smoothies, fruit purees…even salad dressings!)
What is your favorite kitchen tool or gadget?? Would love to hear in the comments below!
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