Make your Own Salad Dressing

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Each week, I pick up my bag of organic produce from our nearby healthy eatery and find renewed inspiration to mix up some fresh picked greens with my homemade salad dressing. I love that my produce is local and sustainably grown and that the ingredients in my salad dressing are natural. I’m not a purist, but, I do appreciate healthy food that doesn’t require learning ingredient names with a dictionary.

Making your own dressing is simple and fun to personalize. You can almost never mess it up, even if you don’t use a measuring spoon.  Mix it in a cruet or use any small sealed container to shake it up one last time before adding to your salad.

The following is one of my favorite dressing recipes that I keep on hand for the summer.

Asian Sesame Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ¼  cup seasoned rice vinegar
  2. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  3. 2 Tbsp sugar
  4. 2 tsp sesame oil
  5. ¼ tsp kosher salt
  6. ½ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Shake well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. It’s delicious over chopped greens, spinach, or sliced cucumbers. Or, for a satisfying summer dinner, I add  cooked chicken, almonds, green onions, and Chinese noodles.
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Sweet and Tangy Sour Cream Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup light sour cream
  2. ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  3. 2 Tbsp Seasoned rice vinegar
  4. 2 Tbsp sugar
  5. 1 tsp kosher salt
  6. ½ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk until smooth, refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. My Sweet and Tangy Sour Cream Dressing, below, has been called addictive by a few of my friends. It’s great tossed in fresh broccoli, a few bacon bits, and sunflower seeds.
  2. I also like it over cubed, smoked turkey breast with chopped celery, red grapes and walnuts.  Be creative, I really don’t think you can go wrong using it on any salad!
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Want to learn more about making your own vinaigrettes? Check out these articles on fullcircle.com and allreceipes.com.

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olivia and stephanieStephanie Allen is Co-founder and President of Dream Dinners and a New York Times best-selling co-author of The Hour that Matters Most. Naturally a visionary and optimist, Stephanie hopes to inspire America through her nurturing voice of encouragement, assuring families… “You’re doing a great job!”

 


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