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Friday, July 15, 2016

Italian Salad Dressing--Healthy and Easy

Italian Salad Dressing Easy to Store and Serve Up one LivSpoonful at a Time

A few years ago I decided to make my own salad dressings. There were a couple of reasons I wanted to do it. The first and foremost was that I didn’t like the after taste left in my mouth by store bought dressings. And then when looking at the ingredients I saw there was inevitably too much added sugar and salt, emulsifiers (like xanthan gum or wheat) and synthetic preservatives or colors. It made sense to me to experiment making my own dressings. I developed a delicious mustard vinaigrette made of healthy ingredients. Then over time I kept making it healthier and healthier so it had less oil and more fresh ingredients like lemon juice.

I have been stuck on the same vinaigrette for years. It seemed like time to expand my repertoire. My next goals were to develop a healthy Italian dressing and a healthy Ranch dressing. These are the most common salad dressings and with these 3 choices you can have an already-made homemade dressing that will go with any menu. Below is my newly developed Italian dressing which uses a delicious herbal mix as a key ingredient:

Herb-infused Italian Dressing

Herbal mix
Ingredients~
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon sugar in the raw
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried mustard

Directions~
1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Use 2 tablespoons dry mix per  recipe of salad dressing.
2. Store remaining mix in an airtight container to be used as needed.

Makes about 4 recipes of Herbal Italian Dressing.

Italian dressing
Ingredients~
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons herbal mix
1 tablespoon red pepper, finely chopped

Directions~
1. In a glass jar with a top, add all ingredients. With top firmly in place, shake well.
2. Store in the refrigerator. Stores well for 2 – 3 weeks.

Makes about 1 cup. Serving size: 2 tablespoons per person. Calories per serving: 35.

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Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!