Category Archives: Condiments

Homemade Italian Vinaigrette

I am also a big fan of salads, and Italian dressing has always been my favorite–again, some of the ingredients in an average bottle of salad dressing sometimes turn my salad-eating fiestas into guilt fests (there is high fructose corn syrup in many brands of salad dressing *gasp*) what’s the point of eating a salad if you’re just going to smother it in “not-so-good-for-you sauce?”  Organic salad dressings are delicious but sometimes a little too expensive for my taste.  Here is my solution!  This dressing was surprisingly light and tasty with a bit of sweetness that regular Italian dressing does not provide.  The honey can be omitted to make this recipe *Vegan certified.* =)  Enjoy!


1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
(This 1/2 cup includes a few tsps of water to dilute it with)

2 tsp. honey

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 small clove of garlic, minced

1 tsp. of each
(Fresh Basil, Oregano, Rosemary & Thyme
or 3-4 tsp Italian seasonings)


Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl (or use a food processor or blender–I have a very small blender specifically for the purpose of making marinades and vinaigrettes). Transfer mixture to jar or container–keep refrigerated, and shake well before each use (the oil, vinegar, and water will separate and look a little funky after a while–don’t be alarmed.  Shake it up, and you’re good to go!)


Homemade Ketchup

I absolutely love ketchup and put it on everything!
What I do not love is all of the additives and preservatives
in your average bottle of ketchup, so I decided to make
my own.  It is much more cost effective and tastes even
better!  It should last in the fridge a few weeks.  Enjoy!


2 tbsp Olive oil

1 small onion,diced

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce

3 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard (or mustard seed)

1 tsp flour (or cornstarch)


Heat oil over medium heat, and saute onions and garlic until softened.
Add tomato sauce and vinegar–stir.  Simmer about 1 min.
Add sugar and spices, and stir well.  Add flour, and mix thoroughly.
Reduce heat to low, and simmer until thickened, about 20-30 min.
Remove from heat, and allow to cool.  Blend ketchup in food processor
or blender until smooth.  Add more seasonings as needed, and transfer
ketchup to glass jar or container.  Keep refrigerated.