Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

Project 4:  Mason Jar Salad Dressing

Kelly and I decided that we were going to try something new this year, and salad dressing in a jar seemed like the perfect thing to try! It turned out amazing, and it was so simple!

This recipe can be made in any size mason jar, but we used these and it worked perfectly! These are all just ratios, we made a large amount of dressing, but you can cut it down for the amount you want to make.

To Create:

Start by making the garlic oil for the dressing. Put the olive oil in a saucepan and add 10 cloves of garic for every 1 1/2 cups of oil. Heat it to a simmer, but do not boil.  Simmer oil and garlic for about 10 mins.  Turn off heat and allow to cool.  Remove the garlic from the oil. 

When you are ready to make the dressing, put 1 C. oil, 1/2 C. balsamic vinegar, 1T. Lawrys All Purpose Salt Free Seasoning (or any seasoning you like!), 1 t. salt, and 1/2 t. pepper. Screw the lid on tight, cover the jar with a towel (just to make sure nothing leaks!), and shake vigerously.  Our ratio produces an acidic dressing, but we loved the flavor.  The beauty of homemade dressing, is that you can customize it to fit your tastes and the type of salad you are making. 

The dressing will separate if it sits for very long, but all you have to do is shake it up and it will be delicious!

We found it easier to add spices first.

We found it easier to add spices first.

To Decorate: 

Cut a round of holiday themed fabric and place over the lid. We found that the round of fabric needed to be much bigger than the jar lid to fit nicely around the far. Attach a pretty label and hold the fabric in place with pretty ribbon and mini ornament for a finishing touch.  It was also helpful to put a small piece of double sided tape in the middle of the lid to attach the fabric so it doesn’t move while you are attaching the ribbon.  

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