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Summer Strawberry Vinaigrette

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You know what I think is the key to eating a ton of veggies every day? Delicious dressings and sauces. Seriously, I can eat ALL the veggies if I have a salad dressing or stir fry sauce that I really love. It's even better if I can make them from ingredients that I know are healthy. This recipe actually happened sort of by accident. The ginger man and I were having some friends over for dinner on Monday night and one of the main dishes was a giant chicken salad. I really wanted to go the extra mile and make the dressing as well. On a creative whim I put 5 simple ingredients into a blender and.....the base wasn't on tight enough so balsamic spilled all over the place! Always check your machinery before using ;) Anyway, after that minor mishap I tried again. What I ended up with was a sweet, tart, and spicy dressing that everyone loved. 

Summer Strawberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time5 minutes

Yieldabout1 cup dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6-7 strawberries
  • 1 raw garlic glove
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth consistency. It should look like a thick, pink fruit smoothie.

Notes:

If you like a sweeter dressing, go ahead and throw a couple more strawberries in there. I haven't tried it yet, but I am curious how this would turn out with other fruits. I'm thinking peaches....?! Give it a try.

This Summer Strawberry Vinaigrette tastes awesome on a salad that includes greens, red onion, bell peppers, avocado, walnuts, and feta cheese. The combination is amazing! Another tasty option is to drizzle this dressing over some apple slices with cheese. 

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Happy Thursday!

Caprice Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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CYMERA_20140323_203817Happy Monday! This one is short and sweet, but super yummy. Let's talk about basil for a minute. Basil was a highly respected herb in many ancient civilizations because of its many medicinal properties. As a member of the mint family, basil has similar health benefits to that of peppermint and spearmint. It's a great digestive aid, provides support for the intestinal tract and kidneys, and helps increase blood circulation.  Basil leaves also contain orientin and vicenin, flavanoids that protect against free radical damage in cells.

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For the Salad:

  • 2 Cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, whole or diced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup green onions

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For the Basil Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend the dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth, and pour over salad. You'll definitely have enough for several salads.

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Other great additions to this salad are olives, sun dried tomatoes, or pine nuts. CYMERA_20140323_204931