Finally, we are having some nice weather to enjoy all the summer things like barbecues and socials with friends and family. So, you know what that means…lots of salads loaded with store bought salad dressing!
Here are some reasons why you should ditch the bottled dressings and spend an extra 5 minutes making your own:
They are full of artificial flavours
They contain unnecessary sugars (like high-fructose corn syrup…who needs that on a salad… or ever?)
Bottled dressings are also made with tons of preservatives to prolong their shelf life … ever wonder why they don’t expire for 2 years?
These types of dressings are also loaded with trans-fat (the bad kind of fat!)
All that being said, there are some bottled dressings you can buy with some clean ingredients and lower on the preservative side (these can be pretty pricey for a bottle though). The bigger picture here is that if you are making a dressing from scratch it’s going to 1. Taste better not only because its super fresh but also because you made it yourself (isn’t that always the way!) 2. You don’t have to have 10 bottles of half used dressing in your fridge for years and years and years…you get the point. If you make your own, you can make as much as you need and there is no waste! 3. You can control the ingredients you put in your dressing, if there are any dietary restrictions or allergies this is the perfect way to know exactly what you are getting!
The recipe for this salad dressing is a Caesar style dressing, its light, healthy and full of flavour!
Caesar Salad Dressing:
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 clove of Garlic
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Tamari (or coconut aminos)
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Dijon Mustard (I like to use an organic brand and make sure it is free of canola oil)
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste!
Put all ingredients in a food processor, blend until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender or even a regular blender! If you don’t have any of those, make sure the garlic is minced well and whisk all ingredients together and let stand for a few minutes before using to make sure all the flavours come together.
Enjoy & happy BBQ’ing!