Sunday, April 1, 2012

All dressed up

Boy was last class a delicious one! To get us in the right mindset for planning our garden's expansion, we tasted lots of fresh veggies dipped in our own, made-from-scratch salad dressings. Below are a few new favorites.... 

Delicious, healthy dips and dressings for all occasions!

1. Ranch Dressing/Dip
Fresh herbs are essential for the flavor of this dressing; do not use dried herbs. Recipe courtesy of FoodPrints. Makes about 1 ¼ - 1 ½ cups.

½ cup buttermilk
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced shallot or red onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or dill
1 clove garlic , minced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons sour cream (this is OPTIONAL, if you want it to be a dip)

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. If you keep this covered and in the fridge, it will keep for 5 days.

2. Low-fat, herbed Ranch dressing
Recipe adapted from Makes about 1 cup.

¾ cup well-shaken low-fat (1 ½ %) buttermilk
2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons nonfat sour cream or plain Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard (you can buy powdered mustard or crush your own mustard seeds)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, stems removed
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon sugar

In a blender or food processor blend all ingredients and salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Dressing keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.


3. Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette
Recipe adapted from FoodPrints. Makes about 1 ½ cups.

1 cup olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced (or pressed using a garlic press)
½ to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar (to taste)

Put all ingredients in a jar and shake well. (Great for those with a bit of a sweet tooth who want to eat more salad and fresh veggies.)

4. Lemony herb dressing
Recipe courtesy of A Bikeable Feast ( Makes 1 ¼ cups.

1 cup olive oil
juice from 2-3 lemons
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or pressed using a garlic press)
handful of fresh herbs, finely minced (don’t forget to wash first and remove the stems!)
salt & pepper (to taste)

Put all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Great with freshly sliced summer veggies!

How about posting your own favorite dressing recipe/idea in the comments?

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