I've recently become a big fan of making my own salad dressing. It's really easy and I like that you can adapt the flavor to whatever you want or whatever fruit you have on hand. I also like that it makes a fairly small batch that you can easily use up if you have lots of people at the table or use up within a few days. This is my optimized recipe inspired from here. Picture shown has blackberries. Please read notes marked with asterix before making this recipe!
1/3 cup fruit juice or 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries*
1 T vinegar**
2 T sugar***
3/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 t onion (or small chunk of onion)
2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp minced from a jar)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 t poppy seeds
Mix first set of ingredients in blender or food processor until everything is pureed and well mixed. Strain seeds if necessary and add more sugar, vinegar, or salt to taste. Stir in poppy seeds.
Store in refrigerator and use within a week.
* I have used lemon juice, lime juice, fresh pomegranate juice, fresh apple juice, peaches, mangos, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. If you use a fruit with lots of little seeds (like blackberries) you will need to strain it before adding the sugar. If you use juice your dressing will be thin, if you use fresh fruit it will be thicker and more like what you would find in a store bought bottle (you may need to add a tablespoon or two of water to thin it out). I also found that with fresh fruit the oil in the dressing didn't separate out right away.
** I prefer using white vinegar. I have tried red wine and rice but I think they are too strong.
*** I add more sugar depending on the sweetness off the juice/fruit (may need up to 1/2 cup if using lemon or lime juice)