Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Six Easy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes

I'm a girl of variety. Especially in my food choices.

I'm not the kind of person who can have the same bowl of oatmeal every morning. I need new flavors, new colors, new experiences.

I'm constantly looking for a fresh take on an old favorite, a new twist to a regular dish, and it can be difficult to do when you're on a budget.

But one of the easiest ways I've found to spice things up is with healthy sauces and dressings. And since I posted some new salad ideas for you the other day, I thought you might enjoy some delicious whole food salad dressings that you can whip up in 5 minutes or less to pair with your newly made-over salad.

Seriously, some of these dressings are so easy! I literally put all the ingredients in a mini gladware container, shake it up, and enjoy. It doesn't get easier.

So here we go.

My all time favorite salad dressing is this first one. I like it for its balance of sweetness and tang. It pairs perfectly with spinach and fruit salads and soft cheese. Throw some candied pecans in there and you have a salad worthy to be on a menu at a fine dining restaurant.

Strawberry Balsamic
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Strawberry Jam (or favorite jam)
1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 
(I love this as my everyday salad dressing choice. It pairs perfectly with your favorite spinach and strawberry salad too)

This is another shake it up and go choice. It goes nicely with sweet veggies like peppers and snap peas as well as grilled chicken.

Citrus Balsamic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup

I love honey mustard anything, so its no surprise that I love this low fat variation. Again, put all the ingredients in a small container and shake.

Honey Mustard
Juice of Half a Lemon
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
(a fun twist is to add 1 tsp strawberry jam to this and it becomes a nice variation of the first dressing above)

Peanut ANYTHING, and I'm in. And you'll agree, that you want this dressing poured all over your life.

Peanut Ginger Dressing
Juice from one lemon
1 inch of grated ginger
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp sugar
(also delicious on stir fried veggies)

Sesame Ginger is super yummy on cabbage slaw, almonds, apples, and chicken!

Sesame Ginger
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp brown sugar or honey
(also incredible over grilled salmon or grilled veggies)

And I love this tahini based sauce with broccoli, kale, spinach, and other chewy greens. I also love this paired with avocado and carrots.

Orange Tahini Dressing
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1 tsp agave, pure maple syrup, or honey
1.5 Tbsp tahini
2 tbsp orange juice (prefer fresh squeezed)
1 tsp zest of orange
salt to taste
(also perfect over cabbage for a refreshing coleslaw)
For another twist, replace tahini with creamy peanut butter.

Try them out! And then tell me what you think!

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