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I'm a big fan of salads in the summer. When it's warm and sunny, who wants to eat something thats hot and heavy? Salads are the way to go in my opinion. I just recently discovered that making my own salad dressings was pretty simple, and delicious! I used to just pour some flavored olive oil and vinegar over a salad, but not anymore! I've got 2 recipes that I'm loving right now. They are super easy to make and you can quickly give it a different taste by adjusting and adding ingredients.

Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup nonfat, plain, greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chive (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder (more or less if you like)

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk! Or, if you happen to be a former college grad, and have a Magic Bullet, you can use the flat blade and one of the small jars to combine everything. Doing this also makes it super easy to store because it's already in a container!

Variations

For BBQ Ranch, add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce.

For Garlic Ranch, add 1-2 diced cloves of garlic, or a few shakes of garlic powder.

Garlic Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons dijon mustard ( I love the coarse ground with seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 3 diced cloves of garlic
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Whisk all ingredients, except the olive oil, together in a small bowl. Once that is all combined, slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking. This will make sure everything comes together nicely. You don't have to use all the oil, just pour until you see the consistency you like. You can stop and taste to see how it is coming along too.

Variations

Ditch the garlic and add other herbs for a different taste! Basil? Rosemary? Mint?

Use a flavored olive oil instead of plain for a little extra hint of flavor.