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3 Simple Tips For Fixing Broken Salad Dressing

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The words "hassle-free holiday trick" are music to our ears. We partnered with Delta® Faucet to announce their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology. It makes holiday cleanup easy by keeping the splashing contained, so we're free to entertain more. And we're celebrating by sharing our favorite make-ahead sauces that'll add that something extra to all your holiday dinner parties.

Salad dressing is simple enough to give any home cook a little grief: Is it thick enough? Thin enough? Is the oil to vinegar ratio right? Is it salted well? Did it emulsify like it should?

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You get the point.

This uncertainty can easily manifest in a broken salad dressing. Reasons my salad dressings have broken in the past include (but are not limited to) because I was focused on too many other things that required more attention, or I cast it off until the last minute then rushed it, or I was simply too focused on the dressing and I overthought the whole thing. But swat that stress away, because you can always truly bring a salad dressing back from the brink of ruin.

Broken salad dressing isn't the end of dinner. A little water can fix just about anything, especially if you've got Delta Faucet ShieldSpray™ technology to avoid spraying it on yourself.
Broken salad dressing isn't the end of dinner. A little water can fix just about anything, especially if you've got Delta Faucet ShieldSpray™ technology to avoid spraying it on yourself. Photo by Mark Weinberg

Whether it's about flavor or structure, fixing a bad salad dressing situation isn't so hard; here's our tips.

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  • Ditch the bowl for a jar—it helps emulsify oil and vinegar with ease, and you get to do a little dance while you shake. Always do the little dance. You will not regret it.
  • If the shake doesn't work, add an extra emulsifier. Think mustard, peanut butter, tahini, honey, egg yolk. It all works!
  • Not quite there? All you have to do is thin it out with a little water. This should help the emulsifying. Then more shakes!

After you dress, salt, and pepper your salad, give it a little toss (with tongs or hands, they both work) and serve it up. Need a visual primer? Take a peek at the video below to see our tips in action.

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Tags: Salad, Tips & Techniques, Sauce, Salad Dressing