I read this book a few nights ago called How to Cook Without a Book. I got a lot of good ideas out of it but the biggest change so far is that I have removed making salad dressing from my list of duties. I like to eat salads but I always dread making the dressings. I don't have a good reason for this. They're not hard. They just seem like one more thing that I don't want to deal with while making dinner.
Anyway, no more. Now I simply drizzle some olive oil over my greens, grind a little salt and a lot of pepper onto them, and massage them well with my (clean) fingers. Then I sprinkle some acid over the top (half a lemon of juice, or some red wine vinegar) and I'm done. If I add a lot of toppings after that, I like to add some more pepper on the top again. The technique in the book has you add the toppings before the massage step but I don't like it that way.
The couple of people I've told my exciting no-dressing shortcut news to actually already do it this way. So I guess I'm slow to join the club but seriously, I feel such a relief that I don't have to stop dinner prep to make a vinaigrette anymore. Hopefully this means we'll be eating more salads!