Say good-bye to store-bought dressing

In our house, salad is usually on the table for dinner.  This is because my son Noah, now 13 - loves to make salad.  

And it totally helps me out.  

But the one thing he doesn’t put on salad is any dressing.  He likes his veggies, his salad, and his sandwiches sans dressing.  No mayo.  No ranch.  

Healthy, yes.  Boring?  Sometimes.

For me, I personally like a little something on my salad.  And some days a little drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice is just perfect.  But other days…I want something more.  

These are my two favorite (un-boring) salad dressing recipes.  

I'd even go as far as to call them exciting.

Why are they my favorite?  Because they're super tasty, healthy and easy to make.  I typically don’t store them at all.  I just make them a minute before serving.  If I’ve got the time and I’m cooking for a party - I’ll whisk up the dressing while I’m cooking the meal.  That way the flavors get to really meld together…and it’s even more delicious.

And after you try them, you’ll never want store bought dressing again.

Balsamic Dressing (serves 2-3)

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (preferably dijon or stone ground)
  • a pinch of Kosher Salt
  • a dash of Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Whisk lemon juice, honey and mustard together.  Slowly drizzle the olive oil while whisking it all together until combined well.

*Note:  This dressing plays well with any of these toppings:  strawberries, blue cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, olives.

Honey Lemon Dressing (serves 2-3)

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground or dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A pinch of Kosher Salt
  • A dash of Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Whisk lemon juice, honey and mustard together.  Slowly drizzle the olive oil while whisking it all together until combined well.

*Note:  This dressing is wonderful when paired with any of these toppings: diced avocado, beets, goat cheese, radishes, and onion.  It's also delicious when drizzled over a warm baguette.  

Enjoy your greens!

 

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