Cody and I are really into health lately. Not in that overly enthusiastic, in-your-face, health nut kind of way, but we just really want to get in better shape, get more energy, and just feel better all together. So I’ve been reading a lot about eating cleaner, and I read recently that the reason store bought dressings last so much longer is because they have all kinds or preservatives in them. Sure, it’s more convenient, but if you have the time, why not cut out the preservatives that you don’t need to be putting into your body and make some homemade dressing?! Homemade dressings usually last about five days in the fridge and are so much healthier than anything you can buy at the store.
I looked up a couple recipes for a homemade vinaigrette dressing because we wanted something light. I came across Haylie Duff’s Real Girl’s Kitchen Classic Vinaigrette recipe and decided to make a version of that one. I tweaked it just a little bit, and it came out great. It was so delicious and I felt like I was doing something good for my body by eating something more natural.
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tbsp of finely chopped shallot or onion
(I completely forgot to add this to mine, and it turned out great anyway, but you can always add that in as well.)
- 1/3 cup of champagne vinegar
- 1 tsp of dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of black pepper
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup of good quality olive oil
- The juice of half a lemon
- Mince the garlic.
- Chop up the shallot or onion if you’re adding that in.
- Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate until you’re ready to dress your salad
Tip: Give the dressing a quick stir or shake right before you pour it over your salad.
Check out our Strawberry Kale Salad recipe! This dressing goes with it perfectly!