Delicious and nutritious salads for a healthier life!
Salads can be such a great way to help cut calories, increase super foods, and eat healthier! Making your own dressings can be a great way to control the amount of sugar, fat, and additives. Today we want to offer you a couple of salad dressing recipes as well as a build-your-salad list which can help you to be more creative with your salad making.
Choose one or more from each category:
You can add croutons or any other favorite item. It’s nice to choose a theme like Italian or Vegetable or Fall or whatever you like. Try to keep salads seasonal – choosing the fruits or vegetables that are in season will give you a fresher and tastier salad. Oranges, grapefruits, pears, and apples are especially delicious this times of year. A salad with avocado and grapefruit is wonderful! Add a piece of whole grain bread or some whole grain crackers if your diet allows.
Salad dressings are so easy to make plus they are inexpensive and so much healthier than most available dressings. The Cooks Next Door offers two simple and delicious recipes. You can double or triple the batch for larger salads.
HONEY DIJON VINAIGRETTE
1 Tb. red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 minced garlic clove
2 Tb. extra virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients except the olive oil. Gradually whisk in the oil.
LIME VINAIGRETTE (you could substitute lemon or orange for a different flavor – about 2 parts of oil to 1 part of citrus juice)
1/4 c. canola oil
2 limes, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
Whisk ingredients together to blend.
Be inspired to eat healthier, make beautiful salads, and increase your nutritional intake. What is your favorite kind of salad?