Favorite salads + dressings

Favorite salads + dressings

I rotate between a few main salad dressings and always have them in my fridge for salads!
I thought I’d share them here because they are simple, easy, delicious and healthy with no added sugars.
The best part is they are all versatile and can be used on different types of salads.
These are all in amounts to fill a bottle or mason jar– if you want it just for one salad, you can cut the amounts in half!
Below the dressings I’ll also list a few simple salad combinations to make at home and top with these dressings, since I always snap my salads that I make at home and get questions about favorite combinations!

Yellow Vinaigrette
4 tsp Dijon mustard
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2/3 cup olive oil
Bleu cheese crumbles (optional)
Shake together in a bottle and dress any type of salad!
This is especially good on a salad with fruit: pears, blueberries, pecans, bleu cheese!

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Shake together in a bottle and dress any type of salad! I love it on Cobbs, strawberry spinach salad, seriously anything!

Basic Kale Salad Dressing
4 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup shredded parmesan
salt & pepper, to taste
Blend dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Pour over kale salad and top with pine nuts and parmesan cheese. ENJOY!

Creamy Tahini Kale Salad Dressing
1/4 cup tahini
2 TBS rice vinegar
4 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup water…added slowly until thin, may need less
Mix well and drizzle over kale salad! 

Honey Vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or sub balsamic)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2-1 teaspoon salt

2 Tbsp greek yogurt/ or mayo
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves
Juice from 2 lemons
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh ground pepper
1 cup light olive oil or avocado oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Most simple of all: equal parts good olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt & pepper

Favorite salad tips and combos:

○ For greens I love to get fresh spinach, baby kale, arugula, and romaine. Then I usually combine a few greens into one salad. Traders has the best sizes of these that last me a week! A few toppings combos:
○ Grilled chicken, avocado, apples, grapes, bacon, feta & pecans on spring mix or any greens
○ Cobb: Cherry tomatoes, Gorgonzola or Bleu Cheese from Traders, Hard-boiled egg, Avocado, Bacon, Chicken…best with a crunchy romaine.
○ Strawberries, pears, beets, blueberries, gorgonzola cheese, pecans.
○ Pomegranates, pistachios pieces,brussel sprout shavings, parmesan flakes, pine nuts
○ Heirloom tomatoes, sliced red and yellow peppers, homemade sourdough croutons, feta
○ Peaches/nectarines, creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil
○ Sweet potatoes, apples, quinoa or wild rice, feta or goat cheese, sliced almonds
○ Kale, homemade wheat bread croutons, parmesan crisps, cherry tomatoes, avocado, lime, parm, chicken, caesar dressing
○ Romaine, toasted walnuts, pear slices, bacon crumbles, bleu cheese.. with yellow vinaigrette
○ Cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion, feta, chickpeas, drizzle with red wine vinegar + olive oil, and a little of Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing (optional)
○ Tahini Kale salad: topped with almonds, bacon crumbles, chopped apples, cranberries, parm…and the tahini dressing above. YUM.
○ Roasted cauliflower & feta salad: Arugula, endive, roasted cauliflower, cooked long bean, feta, balsamic dressing
○ Book club salad: spinach, chicken, grapes, celery, strawberries, pecans, cooked bow tie pasta, poppyseed dressing
○ Kale or swiss chard with toasted breadcrumbs and parm, tossed with a simple dressing of garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil!
○ Chickpea avocado salad: 1 can chickpeas, drained + 2 diced avocados + chopped cilantro + crumbled feta + juice of one lime, drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper
○ Butter lettuce salad:  8 cups chopped butter lettuce, 2 diced avocados, 1/3 cup grated parmesan, 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Dressing: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil + juice of one lemon + 1 TB golden balsamic or champagne vinegar + 1 tsp honey + 1 garlic clove, minced + salt & pepper
○ Macho Salad: romaine, rotisserie chicken, cherry tomatoes, avocado, corn, goat cheese, toasted almonds, cornbread croutons, chopped dates
*Macho Salad Dressing:
1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or balsamic
2 teaspoons honey or pure maple syrup, or brown sugar
2 small cloves garlic, finely minced.
1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried basil and oregano
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

etc etc etc! The combinations go on and on. I like to use what I have in my fridge that’s in season and get creative.
Happy salad eating!


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