A Simple Balsamic Dressing

It’s true, everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to salad dressing…  Some people prefer the creamy stuff, while others enjoy the lighter flavor of olive oil and sea salt.  Either way, a simple balsamic dressing is usually a real crowd pleaser, and making it yourself is a great way to cut back on so much of the sugar and chemical additives included in store-bought dressings.

My mom taught me this dressing a few years back, and it is one that I use time and time again.

Here is her recipe:

1/2 cup olive oil (cold pressed and unfiltered)

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 tablespoon raw honey

1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard

sea salt and grounded black pepper

Put all of the ingredients in a mason jar or in a tupperwear with a lid you can trust, and shake, shake, shake!

If you prefer a more creamy balsamic dressing, you can put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for 20 seconds.  This will make the olive oil more fluffy, making the consistency more creamy.  The dressing can be stored in a container, and will stay good for a couple of weeks.

Before dumping this goodness onto your greens, taste it.  Does it need a little more salt?  Maybe a little more honey?  Use your tastebuds to customize the dressing just for you.

If you want to make things a little more snazzy, this is a great base for adding more flavors…  Add a little red pepper flake for some kick.  Or some dried herbs for a different flavor.  Like garlic?  Toss a clove in with the other ingredients before blending to add that wonderful garlic flavor along with all of its medicinal benefits.  Play around, and let us know what you find.

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