August 14, 2013

The Savvy and Sassy Kitchen: Must Try Salad Dressings!

Posted by Treetopia in The Treetopian Lifestyle

If you’re a fan of salads or trying to love them, try out these yummy salad dressings that are far from the usual

Let’s face it: no matter how much you love salad, there will come a time when you’ll get tired of it if you’re using the same types of dressings time and again. We’ve got just the thing for you in our first ever post in our The Sassy and Savvy Kitchen series. In this article, we’re going to give you some recipes for salad dressings that are delicious and different from the ones you’re used to!

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Exceptional Bread Salads

For lovers of bread or croutons on salad, here’s a Greek style dressing you might want to try. You will need to mix the following ingredients in a medium bowl:

  • 1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar (or fresh lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (extra-virgin preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil-packed anchovies, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • A dash of Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Whisk all the ingredients together, and let sit for 15 minutes or more until the flavor fully blends together.

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Dressing with a Kick

Have you ever imagined putting buttermilk and vinegar together and producing something that tastes divine? Go on a gustatory adventure and try out this delicious Buttermilk Chive Dressing. You will need the following to make this tasty salad companion:

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, thinly sliced
  • A dash of Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Combine the buttermilk, vinegar sour cream, and honey in a medium-sized bowl. Slowly whisk the mixture with the olive oil until completely blended. Add the chives, salt, and pepper, and mix. Serve with lettuce and sliced peaches. Bonus: this dressing also works as a batter for chicken cutlets.

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Warm Salads

If you want a truly filling salad, you might prefer a salad dressing that goes well with quinoa and millet. Here’s one that especially goes well with warm ingredients. You will need:

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raspberries, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, fresh

Blend all ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Drizzle on your warm salad and enjoy.

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Fruity and Herby

If you’re a fan of putting fruits and herbs together, you’d probably become a fan of this Strawberry Lemon Basil salad dressing shared by Angela of Oh She Glows! To begin, you will need the following:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • A dash of fine grain sea salt and black pepper

Process all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Check out some of Angela’s other salad recipes as well because they’re simply delicious!

Share your favorite special salad dressings in the comments section below!

Stay tuned for the second post in our “The Savvy and Sassy Kitchen” series!

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