Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

Two Great Salad Dressing Recipes To Help You Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

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The start of a new year can mean a promise for a healthier lifestyle.  Whether it’s eating right or losing weight, getting more vegetables on your plate is always a plus.

Adding a salad to your meals is an easy way to add a variety of vegetables to your diet and the combinations are endless. I have to admit that the salad dressing plays a huge role in how much I like a salad – such a good flavor boost.  I don’t typically choose creamy dressings, I have a soft spot for a great vinaigrette.  The two dressing recipes below are my “go to’s”. The first one leans a bit more toward Greek and the second one is a classic Balsamic.  They are easy to make and I typically keep them about a week in the fridge (if they last that long).

Greek/All Purpose

  •  2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ – ½ cup good olive oil **

Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a bowl. Whisk until blended, then while whisking slowly add the olive oil.  It’s that easy.

I typically use just a ¼ cup of oil but you may prefer to use more.

 

Balsamic Vinaigrette (from O Magazine – thanks Oprah!)

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic , crushed through a press
  • 3/4 cup olive oil , preferably extra-virgin olive oil**
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine the balsamic and red wine vinegar, mustard and garlic in a blender. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil through the opening in the lid to process into a thick dressing. Season with salt and pepper. (The dressing can be made up to 1 week ahead, stored in a covered container and refrigerated. Stir well before using.)

** once again, I use less oil – for this recipe, a ½ cup, but adjust according to your taste.

Are you planning more salads in your diet this year?

What do you think?

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