Make Your Own: Salad Dressing

Simple eating is the way of summer, don’tcha think? In our home, salads become a full dinner and everything that is going to get cooked is done outside on the grill. Watermelon and cherries become our snack and dessert of choice and we’re not sitting down around the table quite as formally as we do in other months. Instead we’re standing around kitchen counters, letting the drip from our peaches run down our arms, or we’re sprawled out on the deck eating from plates on our lap.

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These are the beautiful parts of summer. More relaxed, less busy, long, hot, slow days. It’s just the way I like it!

We discovered a new favourite salad dressing this week! If you’re like us, you’ve realized that many grocery store brands of salad dressing just don’t pack the flavour punch you want. We’ve long since abandoned buying those and we just stick to making our own now. Once you have a few staple ingredients in the house, it takes just a few minutes and the taste is out of this world. Not to mention you’re skipping the sugars or the preservatives in prepackaged varieties!

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This is the one we’ll be eating for the rest of the summer. Or at least, I will be!  *praise hands*

Summer Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (or powdered mustard if that’s what you have on hand!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme (dried works too as a substitute)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch of sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste

I’m assuming there are only a few ingredients here you’ll actually have to buy and the rest you’ll already have on hand.

We grabbed some lettuce from our planter boxes, chopped up some local fruit (our faves have been local peaches, blueberries or nectarines!) threw in a cheese of some kind when we were feeling really fancy – parmesan, goat, feta – you choose, and if you want some extra crunch add some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds or nut of some kind. The possibilities are endless and the flavour is pretty near perfect!

Happy Summer, Friends!

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