Heather's Special Walnut Oil Salad Dressing

5 mins (prep 5)
16 ingredients
2-4 servings
I rarely use bottled salad dressings, as I tend to prefer homemade versions much more. This is my hands down favorite. It is easy to throw together and is so flavorful. This only makes enough for a few dinner salads - only make as much as you need for one meal, as this only keeps maybe a day. Walnut oil and shallots are the two key ingredients here - you can sub any sweet onion for the shallots, but the walnut oil is what gives this its unique flavor. I may vary what types of lettuces and veggies go into a dinner salad, but if I am using this dressing, I always add some crumbled mild feta cheese to the veggies. Walnut oil can be found in bigger grocery store with other flavored oils or in gourmet markets. Walnut oil needs to be kept in the fridge as it spoils quickly at room temp (but lasts ages in the fridge). People have been asking for this one for a while, and yesterday I finally made this with a pen & paper by my side to carefully measure out the ingredients. This will very lightly dress 4 small dinner salads or 2 much larger ones. Enjoy! NOTE: Walnut oil is an extra virgin olive oil infused with the flavor of walnut and has a unique nutty flavor. You may use other nut flavored oils with good results (like hazelnut or macadamia), but just be sure the oil is infused with nut flavor. Something like peanut oil will not work as a substitute for the walnut oil.

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Serving Size (31.83 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 216.88 Calories from Fat 206.46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22.94g 70.57%
Saturated Fat 2.7g 26.96%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 0.42mg 0.03%
Total Carbohydrate 3.33g 2.22%
Dietary Fiber 0.35 g 2.82%
Sugars 2.71 g %
Protein 0.77g 3.08%
Vitamin A 1.01IU% Vitamin C 0.18mg%
Calcium 5.4mg% Iron 0.18mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
sherry wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, fresh ground black pepper, plain, mild, plain