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  • Writer's pictureShannon Crocker, RD PHEc

Three Dynamite Salad Dressings



updated post March 2023


A drizzle of a dynamite dressing can boost salad satisfaction and take your salad from ho hum to YUM YUM!

Good taste and simplicity rule in my kitchen. Enter my Garlick-y Lemon Vinaigrette, my Hint ‘o Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, and my Maple Dijon Vinaigrette.

Equally delicious. Equally easy.

Once you make homemade dressing, you won't want to go back to bottled! Make extra and keep it in the fridge for up to a week (about 3 days if you add fresh garlic).

Thanks to the fat and fabulous flavour, a vinaigrette dressing boosts the satisfaction of your salad, so you stay energized longer.

A drizzle of dressing can also boost of nutritional value. When made with a good quality oil (extra virgin, virgin, canola, avocado) an oil-based dressing can give you you essential heart healthy fats, and help you to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in your veggies, like vitamin A in carrots and vitamin K in leafy greens. Plus it tastes way better than vinegar or lemon juice on it's own. Way. Way. BETTER.


Try these two dynamite dressings on your next salad.

Garlic-y Lemon Vinaigrette

This is a basic but TASTY dressing for any salad, any day!

Ingredients

½ cup (125 mL) olive

1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice *

1 tsp. (5 mL) grated lemon zest

1 tsp. (5 mL) dried oregano

1 small clove garlic, pressed

½ tsp. (2 mL) each salt and pepper

¼ tsp. (1 mL) chili flakes

Make it:

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad. Store extra in the fridge for 3 days to enjoy with your next salad creation.

* I love this dressing with 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice by my a couple of my reviewers thought it was a little too lemony. Is that even possible? So, if you don't love tangy lemon, add a little less.

Hint o’ Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

For those who love a little sweet, a little tangy, this is the dressing for you!

Ingredients

½ cup (125 mL) canola oil

¼ cup (60 mL) good quality balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. (15 mL) honey

1 tsp. (5 mL) Dijon mustard

1 small clove garlic, pressed

½ tsp. (2 mL) each fine sea salt and pepper

Make it:

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad. Store extra in the fridge for 3 days to enjoy with your next salad creation.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette


With a hint of maple, this is super for all sorts of salads.


Ingredients

½ cup (125 mL) olive


3 Tbsp. (45 mL) cider vinegar


1 Tbsp. (15 mL) plus 1 tsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. (5 mL) Dijon mustard

1 small clove garlic, pressed (optional)*

½ tsp. (2 mL) each fine sea salt and pepper



Make it:

In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad. Store extra in the fridge for 3 days to enjoy with your next salad creation.


*you can skip the garlic in this dressing if you prefer a garlic-free dressing option. It's still totally tasty!


If you give them a whirl, I'd love to know your thoughts! Comments always welcomed below.

Vibrantly Yours,

Shannon

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