Being the seasoned and savvy home cook that you are, you probably know how to make a simple salad dressing without too much trouble. But there's an even easier way to dress a pile of crunchy veggies, and all you really need is some salt.
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There's no need to spend money on packaged salad dressing when making your own, preservative-free version is easy. Jess Dang at CookSmarts offers this handy infographic that will help you make a variety of dressings.
This method is startlingly simple, and results in a salad with a texture that's somewhere in between fresh and fermented. Just finely shred or slice some sturdy vegetables — asparagus, radishes, Brussels sprouts and carrots are all great — sprinkle on enough salt to just coat them, and give them a good rubdown to get their juices flowing. (In addition to salt, you can add other seasonings like ginger, garlic or turmeric for extra flavour.) Let everyone get to know each other for about half an hour, drain off the excess liquid, add in some fresh herbs and maybe some nuts for crunch, and consume your self-dressed masterpiece.