I tend to eat a lot of salads and I am not going to lie I am a big salad dressing fan! It’s not a salad without dressing, but these days dressing has a really bad rep. And I totally get why. Lots of store bought dressings are loaded with sugars and processed ingredients. That’s why I opt to make my own. It’s really simple, healthier, and much cheaper! It all starts with picking the right ingredients. Starting with the oil.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is my go to oil for making salad dressings! It’s a monounsaturated fat which is a healthy fat. It’s also good for your heart because it can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol levels).
Some other healthy alternatives include:
· Flaxseeds Oil
· Walnut oil
· Grapeseed oil
· Avocado oil
When picking out an oil for your salad dressing it is also important to think of quality. The quality of your product makes a difference in it’s nutrient content so try and so with an organic brand.
Apple cider Vinegar: Apple Cider vinegar has taken over the health and fitness industry and it makes sense! This stuff is amazing for you. Some of the benefits include
- · Aiding weight lose
- · Killing bad bacteria
- · Preventing acid reflux
- · Balancing blood sugar
Again quality is super important here. Buy organic and get a brand that includes the mother (a tasteless, textureless film layer) You honestly can’t tell it’s there but its believed to have a lot of benefits.
Balsamic and wine vinegar are also two great options I tend to use a lot. They are both high in antioxidants and extremely flavourful.
Putting it together
If you have a good oil and a good vinegar you can easily make a dressing on the fly. The general rule for making a vinaigrette is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. This is mostly because the acidity in the vinegar can be damaging to the throat and stomach if it’s not diluted. Once you mix your oil and vinegar just add your favourite spices and you’re done. It’s that easy.
Here my 2 go-to salad dressing recipes to give you guys a little inspiration. One is honey Dijon and the other is orange ginger! The orange ginger takes a little more prep work then the other but they are both pretty fast, healthy and delicious!
Honey Dijon Dressing
- · 1 tbs Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- · 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- · ½ a lemon
- · 4 tbs olive oil
- · 2 tbs water
- · Salt
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
Simply mix all the ingredients in a bottle, shake and serve. It’s that east. (Stores for 2 weeks in the fridge)
Orange Ginger Dressing
- · 1 ½ oranges
- · 1 inch by 1 inch (approx.) piece of ginger
- · 2 gloves garlic
- · Salt
- · 3 tbs olive oil
- · 2 tbs water
- · 1 tsp honey
Step one: Peel the ginger and garlic. Grate the ginger and chop up the garlic. You don’t have to be to particular, we will blend it later! Just chop it a bit to slow the cook time.
Step two: Juice 1 orange into a small sauce pan. Add ginger, garlic, honey, water, salt and olive oil. Let this simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Step three: Set aside to cool. Juice the second half of an orange and add it to the mixture. When the mixture is cool enough blend out all the chunks and serve!
(stores for one week in the fridge)
** This is my all time favourite salad dressing! It is so flavourful and you hardly need any so be careful when you’re adding it to your salad!
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