Indie Rock Deli: How To Dress Salad Well (Inspired by How To Dress Well)

Three everyday salad dressings (honey mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, lemon-tahini) + topping suggestions (recipes at the bottom)

This post is purely for puns’ sake, but it’s “inspired” by the R&B-influenced lo-fi (chillwave?) outfit How to Dress Well, who I haven’t really gotten that into, but Pitchfork loves it.
How to Dress Well on MySpace

It all started here, with a normal day at work that turned into an hours-long giggle fit. Indie Rock Deli dishes are inspired by punny takes on band names and song titles. Leave your own suggestions in the comments and they might be used in a future post! (No, they definitely don’t have to actually be indie rock.)

Usually when I make a dish really often during a short period of time, I get really sick of it and don’t want to touch it again for months. A couple months ago I remembered how much I love salad (how I forgot, I’m not really sure), and I made it a staple in my workday lunches as part of the commitment I’ve made to living a healthier lifestyle. And while I’m usually changing up ingredients to keep it interesting, the biggest reason I haven’t gotten tired of my regular combo of lettuce, veggies and cheese is mostly because of one thing: the dressing. Making salad dressing is a piece of cake if you have just a few staple ingredients, and from there the possibilities are endless. Below are a few of my regular variations (with suggestions for accompanying salad toppings); the important thing here is the ingredients, not so much the ratio of them, because you’ll probably want to adjust to your own taste.

There really is no ratio on this one since it totally depends on how sweet or spicy you like it. For one salad’s worth of dressing, I probably use about 1/4 tsp of mustard (the flavor goes a long way), something like 1/2 tbsp of honey, and maybe a little more yogurt than that. And then I keep adding more of things until the taste is right.


Spicy mustard (to taste; I use about 1/4 tsp for one salad’s worth of dressing)
Plain or Greek-style yogurt
Splash of balsamic vinegar (optional; if you don’t want it to be as creamy)

Recommended fruits/veggies: Beets, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, green olives, dried cranberries
Recommended proteins: Avocado, hard-boiled eggs, shredded white cheese, crumbled goat cheese


2 parts Tahini
2 parts Rice vinegar
2 parts plain or Greek-style yogurt
1 part lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Recommended fruits/veggies: Red onion, apples, cucumber, shredded carrots, broccoli slaw
Recommended proteins: Edamame beans, tofu



1 part olive oil
3 parts balsamic vinegar
Minced garlic (or garlic powder)
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice (optional, to taste)

Recommended fruits/veggies: Same as honey mustard
Recommended proteins: Same as honey mustard, + feta cheese


2 thoughts on “Indie Rock Deli: How To Dress Salad Well (Inspired by How To Dress Well)

  1. Yum! Even though I consider myself the master of simple salad dressing making I really love your ideas, Laura. They will certainly add zine to my daily lunch (and dinner) salads. Hurrah!

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