Salad is the perfect complement to almost any meal. Its vibrant green color, leafy ruffled texture, and fresh clean taste pairs perfectly with all types of cuisine. However, the key to keeping salad such the exemplary side dish that it is, it needs to be kept light. Creamy, heavy dressings can totally ruin the light and refreshingness of the perfect salad. To ensure this, I prefer to make my own dressings– free of preservatives, light on the fat, and heavy on the flavor. While even just a simple olive oil and vinegar can complete a salad, sometimes I like to throw in a few other various ingredients to jazz up my salads and even occasionally make them the center of the meal. The following recipe is one of my favorites and is so easy to prepare that aside from its supreme flavor, you’ll barely even notice it wasn’t store bought.
Homemade Dijon Vinaigrette
-5 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
-2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
-1 1/2 tsp. Dijon Mustard, (use coarse ground, if available)
-1/2 tsp. Honey
-Salt and Pepper, to taste
Whisk together all ingredients until combined. Lightly drizzle over a bed of fresh greens.