Years ago, my go to homemade salad dressing was a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Ick! What was I thinking? Oh right, that was the 21 year Parita that just wanted to lose weight.
The 28 year old Parita now knows better. Homemade dressings should be flavorful, refreshing, and fun to make.
So you can imagine how excited I was to try out a new dressing recipe I heard about from one of the girls in Austin. She made it sound drool worthy, so I knew I had to give it a try.
The original recipe sounded great, but I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I improvised a little. And honestly, even my slightly adapted version was slurp-straight-from-the-bowl good.
Honey, Lemon, Mint Vinaigrette
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed mint
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Annnnnnd you’re done. Easy peasy!
Poonam, my friend, tops an arugula, shaved parmesan, and slivered almond salad with her version of the dressing (sub strawberry jam for balsamic vinegar).
Again, I had no arugula or parmesan in my fridge, so I improvised. I made a spinach, goat cheese, avocado, and almond salad for my dressing.
Here’s another view!
Y’all, this dressing and salad pair so well together! The flavors were spectacular – the sweet tang from the dressing and goat cheese, the creaminess from the avocado, and the crunch from the almonds. I have a feeling I’ll be making this over and over again!
So please do me a favor and never be like the 21 year old Parita, and if you ever have the urge, remember the 28 year old Parita and this dressing and make it! You won’t regret it – I promise!
What’s your favorite kind of salad dressing? What’s one thing your salad always contains?