Want to know something about my eating habits?
I eat a salad at least once a day without fail.
The one thing that I love about salads:
There are so many different combinations. You can go sweet (with fruit, honey, and maple syrup) or you can go savory (with cheese, nuts, bacon, or meat/seafood).
If you mix up your combinations, you literally have a lifetime of combinations.
Since I normally have a side salad with lunch or dinner, I usually make my own dressing. I not only save a lot of money, but I can also experiment with different flavors.
One of the most basic types of salad dressings to make is a vinaigrette. The basic recipe is 2 or 3 parts oil to 1 part acid, plus salt, pepper, and herbs to taste.
Different types of oils will give you different tastes for the foundation of your dressing.
- Olive oil (a classic).
- Avocado Oil.
- Walnut oil (my favorite) or another nut oil will really add a nutty flavor punch.
- Seed oils like sunflower seed or flaxseed oils are tasty too.
Experiment with different acids:
- Balsamic vinegar (my staple).
- Other vinegars like white vinegar, cider vinegar, or rice wine vinegar.
- Sherry vinegar, white wine vinegar, or red wine vinegar.
- Try fruit-flavored vinegars for a sweeter option (fig is AWESOME).
To make a creamy, thicker salad dressing, you can add:
- Sour cream
- Greek Yogurt
- Mayonnaise or Avocado
- Dijon Mustard
- Peanut Butter
If you are looking for a little more flavor, you can throw in some fresh herbs at the end as well.
Here is my staple dressing:
Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp djon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper until blended.
What is your favorite salad combination?