Have you ever looked at the ingredient list for store bought salad dressing? Take a look sometime, and I bet you'll start making your own. Here's a great one to start with. It's light and simple, and super yummy. Thanks to my friend Diane for sharing.
Basic Salad Dressing
1/4 c. canola oil
2 T. white vinegar
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. parsley
1/4 t. thyme
1. Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar. Tightly screw on a lid, and shake for several minutes to combine all the ingredients.
2. Serve with a salad of mixed greens, croutons, cranberries, and Parmesan cheese.
Alternatives: This basic dressing can be tailored to your taste any way you like. Use different kinds of oil, flavors of vinegar, and a variety of spices. When I make this recipe, I have been adding Tavern on the Green, Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar (available at some grocery stores or online).