Summer Tips: Salad Dressings

Summer is the time to explore several types of salad, and of course dressings. You can find countless options in the condiments isle for dressings, but homemade versions taste much better and the control is on point. Have you tried an overly sweet honey mustard dressing? If not, I am sure you found another one which had a little too much of sweetness or spiciness. You will not have to worry about these issues anymore. Homemade dressings are in your control just like anything done at home would be.

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I offer you a few recipes to try this summer or any other season of the year. Try to add different ingredients to your salad dressings such as passion fruit, red fruits, liqueur and other seasonings. By adding new elements into your dressings, you will enable yourself into new flavors and learn more about the ingredients. Pairing different ingredients will also give you a better view on which combination work well. Lets get this party started πŸ˜‰

 

Passion Fruit Balsamic Vinaigrette

The ration for a good vinaigrette is 3 parts of oil to 1 part of vinegar. This is easier to get a stable emulsion. Vinaigrette is a classy dressing from France, but it should not limit your creativity. Since summer is already here, please be feisty with your dressing and add some exotic fruits.

Raspberry is absolutely perfect to be paired with vinaigrette, but why limit yourself to that? Go wild with passion fruit! This exotic fruit will add some sourness and fragrance to your salad.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 – 3 small shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Instructions:

Add olive oil, passion fruit, vinegar, honey, shallots, garlic and oregano into the food processor and turn it on for 2 – 3 minutes. Transfer the contents in the processor to a small bowl.

The next step is to add the black pepper and salt to taste.

 

Honey Mustard

I have to say that mustard is probably one of my least favorite condiments, specially Dijon. My palate will have to get some more additional lessons before I can fully appreciate it. Although it is hard to be consumed by some people, when paired with honey and pepper hits the perfect flavor spot for our taste buds. It is a another level of mustard appreciation, I say πŸ™‚

The dressings is not only limited to salads, you can used it for dips. Actually everyone loves to dip their chicken strips in it. The small fried chicken strips paired with golden honey mustard will leave you begging for this deliciousness to continue πŸ˜€

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk it well until mixed well.

Green Goddess

Mayonnaise is a nice condiment for dips, burgers and hot dogs. Makes everything a little more delicious. However it is easy to make at home, people usually resort to the store bought version. Since we are trying to avoid store bought junkies, why not try a new substitute? Avocado πŸ™‚

Incorporating avocado in every meal is a dream for me. I consume this beauty at any time of the day. The avocado adds richness and creaminess to the dressing, and together with cilantro and basil make your salad a hell of a delicious trip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small avocados, diced
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Lemon zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 -2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • Red chilies, deseeded
  • Distilled water
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or in a mortar. Turn it on or mash them well until the mixture is homogeneous.

Oregano & Olive Oil

My favorite dressing! It is simple, delicious and requires the ingredients present at your pantry. Β At home the dressing usually accompanies a tomato, onion and garlic salad. It is perfect for a fast dinner night. Convenience at your feet! πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

Instructions:

Whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until partially mixed. You can also use a mason jar to mix all of the ingredients.

 

Until next time, Hungry People.

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