Healthy Curiosity noticed that a lot of people were looking for the recipe for Isabel’s Famous Salad Dressing, so we decided to transcribe the video of Isabel De Los Rios making her organic salad dressing at home. We’ve also included our best estimates of the measurements she uses in the demonstration.
Of course, everyone has different tastes and preferences, and many have allergies or intolerance to certain foods. You may need to experiment and make substitutions to meet your individual or family needs. Our version of her recipe can get you started making your own delicious organic salad dressing, but you may want to adjust these measurements to suit your own taste.
Isabel’s Famous Salad Dressing Recipe (per HealthyCuriosity.com)
- 2 tablespoons Organic Prepared Yellow Mustard – OR – Dijon Mustard – OR – 1 tablespoon Dried Italian Seasonings (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder – OR – 1 or 2 cloves Fresh Garlic, crushed or finely minced (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt® or equivalent
- 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a re-sealable bottle, pitcher or container. Seal and shake to mix well before serving.
Isabel De Los Rios is a certified nutritionist, exercise specialist, author and owner of New Body – Center for Fitness and Nutrition in New Jersey. She is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology (C.H.E.K.) Institute in San Diego, California.
I wanted to share my famous salad dressing with you, because people ask me all the time, “Isabel, I bought this salad dressing at the supermarket…”
All the salad dressings on the supermarket shelves, hardly any of them are any good because they have canola oil in them, and then they have, you know, sugar in them, and, you know, other oils that are worse. And artificial sweeteners because maybe they’re like “low calorie” salad dressings, so it’s nearly impossible to find a good salad dressing.
The salad dressing I make, everyone is a very, very big fan of. Now, unfortunately, I don’t know the exact amounts I use, so I’m going to show you how I make it. And then you can try to do it at home, and maybe even make your own modified version, OK?
So, what I have here is – and I’m looking for the top, oh, the top’s right here – OK. It’s one of those Good Seasons salad dressing shakers where you put the packet in and then the oil and the vinegar and you just shake?
Well, we’re obviously not going to do it out of a packet.
OK, the first thing I do is I take yellow mustard – or you can use dijon mustard – and this is organic yellow mustard, and it actually has apple cider vinegar in it… you’re going to see that’s going to be one of our ingredients.
So, I take one teaspoon and I put that in here, and I don’t really worry about, you know, if it’s exact or not, I just kind of throw it in. OK?
And the next thing I do is I put a little bit of garlic powder in here. You know, and again, I wish I could tell you how much, how little, I don’t know. If you really like garlic, put more, if you don’t, don’t put that much.
OK, next thing I do is I put salt – um, I can see my salt on the dining room table, is there another – OK, let’s pretend that… this is kind of empty. This is my Celtic Sea Salt®, but this one’s empty. The other one’s on the table and I’m not going to go and get it. OK, so let’s just pretend I put some salt in there… I gotta do something with this shaker…
Um, OK, now we’re going to put apple cider vinegar in here. This is the magic ingredient. Now, I know I don’t talk about apple cider vinegar that much in my book, but people have been using it for centuries to cure “everything.”
I mean, it’s great for dry skin… like, if you have dry scalp, you can put apple cider vinegar on your scalp and let it sit for a little bit, wash it off and it will help with dry scalp.
Um, it’s really good for heartburn if you mix it with a little bit of water and have it… I know it seems kind of like it doesn’t make sense, you’re taking in something that’s acidic [beeping noise] but it actually does help [more beeping], ah… my dishwasher is going off. That means my dishes are clean.
Ah, what else is apple cider vinegar good for? Um, it’s actually really good for Type 2 diabetics in controlling blood sugar.
And last but not least, it’s really great for weight loss. And researchers don’t really know how it works. It does increase the metabolism a little bit. Um, you know, you can’t just drink apple cider vinegar and expect that to be the, you know, “magic potion” to your weight loss.
But, if you… the recommended amount is to take one teaspoon in water before each meal, and supposedly that will help you accelerate your weight loss and will help you control your appetite.
You know what, it’s such a great food that it’s worth trying, but I’m not saying, again, that it’s a magic potion, but I put apple cider vinegar in my salad dressing.
[Pouring] Um, so, for me, I kind of just go up until this point [pointing at the dressing container], and again I know that’s not like a really good measurement.
And then, extra virgin olive oil… organic, of course. And we put that in here [pouring]. And that’s kind of like the main ingredient, and you want to get in enough healthy fat in a day, so don’t be afraid to put a good amount of olive oil in here… That should be pretty good [stops pouring].
Now, what I do sometimes – but I don’t have right now – is I’ll actually put some raw parmesan cheese… and, um, I’ll grate some cheese and I’ll put that in here and that will give it a really good taste.
And I’ll cover it up [closing lid on bottle] – I probably could have put a little more olive oil in there – and I’ll shake. I’m going to shake over the sink, just so I don’t make an absolute mess… um…
See, I mean, you want to shake it real, real good so the mustard kind of mixes in in there, and… that’s it!
That’s the salad dressing that I serve with all my salads and people love it. And you know, if you want to make your own variations, you can use a different vinegar. Although, you know, after I told you all the great things about apple cider vinegar you’re probably going to want to use that.
You can sort of… ah, if you don’t like mustard, don’t put mustard in there… and grab a bunch of Italian seasonings, like you know, oregano… and I’ve got sage in here… um, what else do I have in here…
You know, you could put some parsley, uh, some black pepper… I mean, just kind of, you know, make, um, make like an Italian style dressing. Olive oil and vinegar and all those spices. Salt and pepper, garlic… and that’s probably better than any Italian dressing you’re going to get off the shelf.
So let me know if you try my recipe, and let me know how you like it. Let me know how your family likes it, because we really like it around here!