Salad/Salad Dressing

Three Spring Salad Dressings

Three Spring Salad Dressings: Lemon Basil Strawberry, Honey Mint, and Basil Chive Garlic...three unique choices for fresh, light, delicious salads!
I have a problem with making decisions. Actually, big choices are easy. It’s the small ones that hang me up….like where to go for dinner or what outfit to wear. Can I stand in my closet and debate with myself for 20 minutes over which skirt looks better? You bet. Have Drew and I sat in our car, motor running, at the end of our driveway, for 30 minutes, reviewing all restaurant possibilities within a 50-mile radius? Hmmmm….yup.

So, when we had a slight glimmer of spring last week that brought warmer temps and geese flying overhead, I immediately started dreaming up all sorts of spring salads, which then took me to spring salad dressings. That led to a huge problem. I had all these lovely fresh ingredients spread out on my counter and there I was standing, frozen, in the middle of the kitchen, debating with myself over what kind of dressing to make. It went something like this:

Three Spring Salad Dressings: Lemon Basil Strawberry, Honey Mint, and Basil Chive Garlic...three unique choices for fresh, light, delicious salads!
“Lime, honey and garlic. No, wait. Will the garlic overpower? What about chives? Lime and chives don’t work together. Do they? Should I add mustard? What about basil? Oh, wait. I also have mint. That works well with lime and honey. And would avocado oil be better than EVOO? And why did I buy so many lemons? Look at these strawberries. I have to use some.” Yep. Never get that half hour back, will I?

Three Spring Salad Dressings: Lemon Basil Strawberry, Honey Mint, and Basil Chive Garlic...three unique choices for fresh, light, delicious salads!Three Spring Salad Dressings: Lemon Basil Strawberry, Honey Mint, and Basil Chive Garlic...three unique choices for fresh, light, delicious salads!
On the other hand, I now have THREE spring salad dressings sitting in my fridge. I didn’t even have to choose. I just made them all! And when I took said salad dressings to Sunday dinner at Drew’s parents’ house, I just took all three and let everyone choose for themselves. And guess what? I didn’t debate for a minute over which one to drizzle over my butter lettuce. Nope. I divided my salad in thirds and drizzled them all. Shamelessly.

Three Spring Salad Dressings: Lemon Basil Strawberry, Honey Mint, and Basil Chive Garlic...three unique choices for fresh, light, delicious salads!

Three Spring Salad Dressings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Each recipe yields approx. 1 1/2 cups dressing

Ingredients

    Lemon Basil Strawberry Dressing
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 4 large basil leaves (approx. 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup avocado oil
  • Honey Mint Dressing
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh mint
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Basil, Chive and Garlic Dressing
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 large basil leaves (approx. 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. stone-ground or Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

    Lemon Basil Strawberry Dressing
  1. Chop basil leaves. Zest and juice the lemon. Chop strawberries.
  2. Put all ingredients (except oil) in blender. Blend for a few seconds.
  3. Add oil slowly while blender is on to emulsify.
  4. Honey Mint Dressing
  5. Finely chop mint leaves. Zest and juice lemon.
  6. Put all ingredients (except oil) in blender. Blend for a few seconds.
  7. Add oil slowly while blender is on to emulsify.
  8. Basil, Chive and Garlic Dressing
  9. Chop basil leaves and chives. Mince garlic.
  10. Put all ingredients (except oil) in blender. Blend for a few seconds.
  11. Add oil slowly while blender is on to emulsify.
http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/three-spring-salad-dressings/

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kari March 9, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Those all look good!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/

    • Reply Sarah March 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Kari! Gotta love homemade dressings 🙂

  • Reply Aimee Mars March 10, 2017 at 4:44 am

    I always make my own salad dressings mainly because I like to be creative but also the store bought ones sometimes scare me with their ingredients. I can’t wait to try these 3 new versions!

    • Reply Sarah March 10, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      We’re right there with ya Aimee. Store-bought ingredients can be downright scary. Hope you like these recipes! We’d love to hear how they turn out for you.

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