There is nothing more delicious and nutritious than a homemade salad dressing. I confess we do still occasionally use bottled dressings (I cant kick my addiction to Hidden Valley Ranch as dip for my veggies, though finding a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe IS on the agenda for the near future), but by and large I use only homemade dressings on my salad. Once you get comfortable making them you discover they are so easy and you can have a lot of fun playing around with ingredients.
Summer is here and that means strawberries. You may have seen my recent post on picking strawberries, and to be sure Ill be doing more strawberry-related posts as I make jams and other seasonal delights, but for now lets take a look and this simple vinaigrette I created to accompany my Strawberry Spinach Salad.
Strawberry Maple Vinaigrette
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/5 cup red wine vinegar
1 rounded teaspoon grainy dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (I suggest a medium or light for this recipe)
pinch of salt
1. In a pint-sized mason jar (or similar container), assemble all of the ingredients.
The Seasonal Family for this tip). If you do not own a hand-held bender, you could just as easily do this in a regular blender, or do it the old fashioned way and just mash the strawberries first and then whip in the other ingredients.
If you are serving the dressing on the table, you will want to put it in a pretty little decanter like the one shown above and the dressing stores nicely for 2 days or so in the refrigerator in your mason jar.
I hope you have a chance to make this light and delicious vinaigrette on one of your summer salads.
Blessings!Happy to be linking up today with Summer Sunday Salads over at Easy Natural Foods, Meatless Mondays at Veggie Mamma, Just Another Meatless Monday over at Hey Mom Whats for Dinner, Frugal Days and Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, Full Plate Thursdays at Mis Helen’s Country Kitchen, and Foodie Fridays at Rattlebridge Farm as well as Scratch Cookin' Tuesdays at Mrs Dull's Nourished Kitchen, eal Food Wednesdays at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Whats cooking Wednesdays at The King's Court IV, Whole Food Wednesdays at This Chick Cooks, Saturday Link and Greet at Country Mamma Cooks, and Foodie Fridays at Simple Living with Diane Balch.