Here's a basic salad dressing recipe that you can use for any type of salad. We had a big salad with rotisserie chicken, apples, pecans, craisins, and goat cheese, but you could add anything you like. When I make up a salad I like for it to have lean protein, something crunchy (like nuts, radishes, sunflower seeds, or apples), something sweet (maybe raisins, craisins, or fruit), and a little cheese.
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon pressed or grated fresh garlic
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of sugar
1/4 cup good olive oil
In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, garlic, vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of salt. While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. (You can also put all the ingredients in a small jar with a lid and shake it up.) Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.