Monthly Archives: July 2019

Summer Salads with Homemade Dressing

Strawberry Balsamic SaladIMG_5691

Ingredients:
As much fresh greens as you want to eat
Spinach
sliced strawberries
Sliced thin red pepper
goat cheese and/orĀ  cubed mozzarella cheese

Dressing:
Olive oil
balsamic vinegar
squeeze from a wedge of lemon
salt & pepper to taste

The dressing should be high quality ingredients. I used to use the cheapest olive oil and vinegar and not think much about salad dressing or enjoy it as much as I do now that I’ve invested in higher quality ingredients. The mix should be 2 parts olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar. So pour the oil a small bowl or cup first and then half to one third that amount of vinegar. Always taste test before mixing into the salad, I usually find I need to add more salt.

Caesar Salad

Dressing Ingredients:
1 garlic clove
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed butter, could use any other nut or seed butter, or hummus)
Juice from half a lemon
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or any other vinegar)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Blend together in a blender or food processor, or if you don’t have one mix by hand just be sure to finely chop the garlic, because it is raw and a big chunk will be surprising.

Salad:
Romaine lettuce
Cucumber
Croutons (if you wish – saute bread chunks in olive oil in a pan over medium heat)
Cooked Chicken (optional)

It’s salad, add whatever raw veggies you desire!

Ranch DressingIMG_5695

Ingredients:
1 avocado, sliced
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried dill (or more if you like dill)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch sea salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt (optional)

Instructions:
Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes or
until desired consistency. Add a little water or lemon juice if you
prefer a less “creamy” consistency. Use immediately or store any
leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3
days.

Toss into salad of your choice, mixed leafy greens, cucumber, peppers, tomato, grated carrot, whatever your favourite salad ingredients are.

Enjoy!

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