I enjoy salad any and all times of the year, but something about the Summer makes me CRAVE them. I chalk it up to bounty of fresh vegetables that are available, and the warm weather making me reluctant to turn on the oven. Besides using lovely, fresh ingredients, I think its really important that you tie your salad together with a really great dressing. I have never understood why there are entire supermarket aisles dedicated to bottled salad dressings. I know that most people (myself included!) don’t have the time to cook three meals from scratch every day, but a salad dressing takes just seconds to throw together, and they taste so much better than the packaged stuff. The added bonus is that you probably have most of the ingredients you will need already in your pantry, and none of them are gunky chemicals! Today I’m sharing my “Go-To Dressing”.
I have been making it for years, and its the perfect accompaniment to any green salad. If this recipe doesn’t tickle your fancy, I’ve also included some other ideas for salads and dressings on Emma’s Little Kitchen, and some favourites from elsewhere on the web. If you do try this one, let me know what you think in the comment section below, or snap a pic on Instagram and tag it #EmmasLittleKitchen so I can take a nosy!
- 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp whole grain dijon mustard
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or honey!)
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Simply add all the ingredients to a mason jar, screw on the lid tightly, and shake with vigor until the dressing is well mixed. Repeat immediately before dressing your salad.
Looking for more inspiration?
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I have been making my Courgette and Green Bean Salad every week for the past couple of months(!), the tahini mint dressing is really addictive!
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Speaking of peaches, I’m dying to try this Grilled Peach Salad from Yummy Beet.
I recently discovered Christine’s Italian inspired blog Ciao Veggie, and I can’t wait to get stuck into her Greek Yoghurt Caesar Salad with Halloumi.
I love this vegan offering from Naturally Ella- Cucumber Satay Crunch Salad.
Everyone needs a recipe for a killer pasta salad, and I think I found it in Cookie and Kate’s Summertime Pasta Salad.