make your own salad dressing
So I am pretty lucky when it comes to my day-to-day schedule, as my free time is usually in the middle of the day when my clients are busy working. This makes it optimal for heading to the gym (emptiness! Tons of available treadmills!) and for making homemade lunches.
I really like making hearty salads filled with veggies, nuts, avocado, and fruits. But my most recent lunchtime obsession is making my own salad dressing. I’ve become much more cognizant of processed foods and convenience items that aren’t necessary, such as sugary granola bars and bottled salad dressings. While they come across as healthy, a lot of the time they don’t contain all-natural ingredients and certainly aren’t fresh.
So here’s the deal: I throw together ingredients to make my perfect salad dressing. No added water or artificial flavorings. And what’s even better? It’s so easy. All it takes is an extra two minutes…do you have that time?
Step 1: Combine a vinegar of your choice (red wine, balsamic, etc.) with a dabble of dijon mustard. The mustard acts as a binding agent, making the dressing blend well. Whisk the vinegar and mustard together.
Step 2: Add whatever spices you’d like, such as salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic, etc. Go crazy.
Step 3: Once your vinegar base is ready, whisk olive oil into the base. I err on the side of caution and go lightly on the oil, for caloric AND flavor reasons. No one wants a diluted dressing!
Bonus additions to the dressing: sesame seeds or chia seeds for fiber, lemon juice to help detox, flaxseed, a little bit of feta or crumbled cheese for flavor (don’t go crazy!), etc. Get creative, but don’t let loose adding tons of bacon bits or creamy ranch. You don’t want to defeat the purpose of having a healthy salad, now do you?