After eating my way through New York City, it's time for this girl to get back to her regularly scheduled clean eating! I've been very focused (aside from travels) on keeping my diet clean and lean these past few months. I've never really stuck to restriction diets, they can be so limiting, so my diet lately has been one of inclusion! By incorporating more good-for-you food, I've been able to maintain a better and balanced diet. Which means lots more veggies, whole grains, lean meats, fresh seafood and lots of delicious salads.
My salad making has always been a little...well...blah. Nothing new, nothing exciting. Just the basics have gotten me by in my young adult life. I hate to even say this...but I usually grab these core ingredients: lettuce, tomato, onion, olive oil, then salt and pepper to finish. God, it sounds so boring just writing this recipe. Somehow I was okay with it, because it was easy, effortless and mindless, perfect for a busy girl on the go! So when I saw this tweet-thread reposted by ManRepeller last week, it shook me to my core and made me realize EXACTLY how boring my salads really were. Take a swipe through to read:
Alas! My salad epiphany slammed me right in the face without even looking for it. 2020 exciting salads is DO-ABLE, and this girl is determined to create some more inspiring mixtures this year. I went to the grocery store picked out a delish mixture of different kinds of lettuce, opted for some walnuts and garlic herb feta cheese and then escorted myself to the dressing aisle. You could say I got a little lost in the sauce...or more like lost in the dressing. There are always so many to choose from but I am still on my little health kick, so I skipped the pre-made and decided to try creating a homemade dressing. If only you could have seen me in that dressing aisle...checking Pinterest for a recipe before heading to check out. One specifically caught my eye, I grabbed the last of my ingredients and headed for home.
So what is this dressing recipe I chose to make?
Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
For this recipe you will need:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
The great part about this recipe is that it is simplistic yet satisfying! And it is Whole30 compliant, low carb, keto-friendly, gluten free, vegan and dairy free. Works well with all types of diets, which is great to hear if you committed your new years goal to a specific one. For the recipe, you can follow these quick directions:
Add all the ingredients to a mason jar, shake well for one minute and serve! Or you can whisk the ingredients in a bowl...whichever works best for you.
I had to test this out for myself...so I grabbed my ingredients and started mixing away which led to this delicious looking dressing.
Side note...what I love about my cooking utensils is that they were all gifted to me. I am so lucky to have a kitchen filled with special gifts from my family and friends. Thank you Lynds for my marble board, Sarah for the salad forks and Tamar for the adorable measuring cups! And a very special thank you to my mom, for the other little kitchen items like the S&P shakers, stainless steel ingredient bowls and measuring spoons. I am so grateful to use all these gifts because they make cooking all the more...stylish.
Okay now back to my salad...You'll want to grab all your "mixings" and then throw them all in the bowl, toss and serve!
And voila! You have yourself a healthy alternative to store salad dressing...that's easy, effortless and shakes up your typical salad routine. I kept this salad mixing light on the ingredients but feel free to add tomato, avocado, onion, carrots, celery, you name it! Literally anything that makes your tastebuds happy and tummy feeling good. Bon appetit!