Monday, January 16, 2012

Everyday Salad Dressing

I hope you have the day off today for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. I know I never have when I've been working but my husband does, I think for the first time ever. It seems a little soon after the holidays to have a break but I'm certainly not complaining. Maybe we could add another holiday between President's Day and Memorial Day. It's such a long stretch without a break.

I've spent the day looking at paint colors for our main bathroom. It's a small room without any windows and it's painted a dark green. Somehow I have to infuse a little light and I'm hoping I can do it with paint. Who knew it would be so hard to find the perfect paint color. I went a few weeks ago and brought home two little sample cans to try. I was going to test them, they were going to be perfect and I was going to get the bathroom painted by the end of the next day. Right! I get them on the wall and yuk! That's not the color on the little paper swatch. After bringing two more samples home, I think I'm getting close. Maybe.

Do you eat lots of salads? I go through phases. I get sick of them if I eat too many but we do have them quite often. I have a favorite salad which I make a lot and will share here one day soon and then I make a basic green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.... I have gotten into the habit of making my own dressing. I do keep a bottle of purchased dressing on hand for emergencies or if I have company and someone doesn't like what I'm making.

I encourage you to try and make your own. If you buy really good oils and vinegars, you can't help but come up with something tasty. They really are simple to make and so worth the effort in that you can make them taste like you want and even better, you know what's in them. Feel free to add chopped garlic, shallot or herbs to this recipe. If you like it sweeter, add more honey. If you like it with more bite, add more Dijon. Make it the way your family will eat it.  

Everyday Salad Dressing

2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoon vinegar (I use either champagne or white wine vinegar)
3/4 cup Oil (Olive oil or vegetable oil, whatever you like)
Salt and Pepper

Combine everything but the oil and mix well. Then add the oil slowly and shake to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. To use less dressing, dress the entire salad at once by adding a couple of tablespoons to the salad mix in a large bowl. Mix really well - your clean hands work great for this. Start slow, you can always add more. Plate each salad and add your garnish - really good with some nuts like pumpkin seeds and if you really want it to look good, sprinkle with some parsley. Store the rest of the dressing in the frig for the rest of the week.


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