salad splendor

21 Apr

Spring is here…well for many of us!   Some folks are still braving some pretty cold weather, but spring is here, at least by calendar standards!  No matter what the weather outside is telling us, it is April.  Farmers markets, with beautiful fresh ingredients, are opening up. It is time to stroll through the farmers market and get some nutritious crisp vegetables.   Get ready to dress those vegetables up nice and pretty.  And put away that bottle!

Okay, so I am not going to put Hidden Valley Ranch out of business.  But I can certainly make a better salad dressing than they can!  I can tailor my salad dressing to any taste and to any salad.   Dressing out of a bottle?  How passé!  Showcase those beautiful vegetables and make a delicious salad dressing yourself!  It is simple and takes only moments.  Here we go!

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 c. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 c. vinegar (I get creative with this, as there are many flavorful vinegars to choose from. My favorite “go to” is balsamic.)
  • 1 T. Lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. honey (optional)

Whip ingredients together with a fork.  Taste.  Adjust seasoning if necessary.  Serve!

Salad dressings are great fun to adjust to taste.  This vinaigrette is just a starting point, so go have fun with it.  Put in a little more of this, a little less of that, and make the fresh spring vegetables on your dinner table shine.  I use this vinaigrette on sandwiches too.  I like putting lettuce, arugula, bell and banana peppers on a deli style sandwich, and this dressing really adds delicious bold flavor kick to a sandwich when drizzled over the vegetables.

So have a salad, or top off a sandwich, enjoy these lovely spring vegetables and dress them up with a yummy fresh vinaigrette!

Creamy Bleu Cheese Dressing

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