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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 salad dressings are in your control just like anything done at home would be.

Salad Dressings Berries

There are great benefits from doing salad dressings at home besides the deliciousness. Controlling the ingredients will provide you with much satisfaction to know that your recipe is just to your taste. No matter how many salad dressings you have bought and tried, it will be hard to beat the homemade version that you so love.

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. Ever imagined a dressing with pitaya? 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 😉

Summer Salad Dressings

Passion Fruit Balsamic Vinaigrette

There is nothing more exotic than passion fruit, and this salad dressings is here to prove it. This beautiful fruit is not only a great addition to cake, but also a must in dressings. The ration for a good vinaigrette is 3 parts of oil to 1 part of vinegar. This is easier to get a stable emulsion and consequently a better dressing. 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 or red fruits.

Raspberries are 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 briskly salad adventure.

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. Serve it immediately.

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, and that is absolutely terrible. 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 🙂

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 😀

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. Serve it immediately or refrigerate for 2 – 3 days.

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! 🙂

Homemade mayonnaise is a great substitute instead of store bought, but 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 salad 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. Serve immediately or refrigerate until consumption.

Oregano & Olive Oil

My favorite of the salad dressings! The easiest and most simple recipes many times are the ones that takes us to the road of food bliss. So often we complicate our seasonings and dressings. You can have this simple, delicious and requires the ingredients present at your pantry. At home the dressing usually accompanies a tomato, onion and garlic salad. It is perfect for a fast dinner night. Certainly the most perfect convenience at your feet! 🙂

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. Serve it immediately or refrigerate until ready to be consumed.

Experiment different salad dressings combinations to come out with beautifully delicious recipes. Be creative and enjoy this deliciously unforgettable experience.

Until next time, Hungry People.

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