Well I’ve stopped counting the days during this “stay at home quarantine” saga and if you’re like me, you like to get up and go. But one thing that I love about spending all of this time at home is that I’ve been dabbling around in the kitchen more and experimenting with different ideas. It’s so much fun you guys!! It really is a time for all of us to tap into the things we love to do as well as take care of ourselves.
This week I changed up a vinaigrette recipe that I had and let me tell you, it’s soooo delish!!! Dressings are sooooo easy to make not to mention the health benefits of creating something yourself with simple, organic ingredients. They’re also quick to make so you’re not freeing up too much of your time. I’m crazy about a salad but to me, the dressing is the star. If the dressing fails, the salad fails! One thing I know for sure is this vinaigrette is a winner!
Fresh Herbs vs. Dried Herbs
I suppose there is a time and place for fresh herbs and dried herbs but honestly, in salad dressings I could go either way and not think twice about it. Both are beneficial and tasty. Fresh herbs can be more fragrant but if want to cut out chopping time then go with dried I say!
My #1 go-to vinegar for making homemade dressings is apple cider vinegar however I’m Italian and every Italian uses red wine vinegar. This recipe would not be complete without it! Red Wine vinegar is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols which reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Another plus is that vinegars can aid in digestion so no guilt here!
One thing that I love is that there is a core group of ingredients that are used in many dressings and all you have to do is tweak the recipe by adding or changing 1 ingredient and you’ve got an entirely different creation. For example, I love using dijon mustard because it adds a creamy texture to the dressing but it also adds a pop of flavor. Many creamy vinaigrettes call for mayo but I always keep it dairy free. If you’re vegan you can always substitute a vegan mayo if you choose to do so.
Creamy Italian Vinaigrette
Dont’ be fooled by “creamy” because this is dairy free and deliscious!!
- 1 Clove garlic chopped
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbs dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp parsley dried or fresh
- 2 tbs oregano dried or fresh
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt or kosher
- 1 tsp honey
Add all ingredietns to Nutribullet or processor of choice
Blend on high for 30 seconds
Pour into glass jar with lid
Store in frig for up to 1 month
If you haven’t made dressing at home or don’t do it often, I hope this inspires you to do so. You’re going to love the taste of these recipes but what you’ll love even more is how great you will feel making something from scratch without all of the unnecessary harmful ingredients.
Cheers to your best life!