Salads shouldn’t be plain and boring. They also don’t need to be loaded up with fat and sugar to taste good and be satisfying. We always change up our salad game, keeping it fresh (pun intended) and exciting. Our children actually request salads at meal time! They get in on the creative aspect as well, designing their own combinations with ingredients they especially enjoy. Cooking has been proven to strengthen family bonds. Food is directly linked to memories. Making your own salad dressing is easy, and allows you the ultimate control. It is not only cost effective, it is health effective, and that is something you cannot put a price tag on. Here are three of our favorites. Bust out of that comfort zone, and experiment, switch up your ingredients and have some fun.
Tri colored salad:
Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
Fresh Mozzarella (ciliegine or diced into bite sized pieces)
Dressing: (Balsamic Vinegrette)
1/4 cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp shallot (minced)
2 tsp water
season with salt and pepper to taste
Add vinegar, water, garlic, shallot, S & P, and honey to a blender. On medium/high speed drizzle in olive oil to form the emulsion.
Bibb and Arugula:
Bibb, Boston, or Butter lettuce
Thinly Sliced Red Onion
Dressing: (Raspberry Vinaigrette)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (blended and passed through a fine mesh strainer)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbl Honey
2 drops Young Living Vitality Lemon Essential Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients, taste and adjust seasoning
Cooks note: Toast almonds in a dry saute pan or oven. Cool completely before adding to salad
Mandarin Orange or Tangerine segments
Dressing: Asian Vinaigrette
1/8 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/4 Rice Vinegar
2 tsp Sesame Oil
2-3 drops Young Living Vitality Lime Essential Oil
1-2 drops Young Living Vitality Ginger Essential Oil
1/2 cup Avocado Oil
1 tsp Honey
pinch crushed red pepper
Blend or whisk all ingredients together. Toast cashews to release natural oils and enhance flavor and texture.
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