Salads are a bit of a passion of mine. So are homemade salad dressings. Once you start making your own, you will never go back to bottled. I usually make three dressings at one time…as long as you are pulling out the olive oil and vinegars why not make enough to last all week so you can grab them when needed? It’s a real time saver.
Here are three of My Favorite Winter Salad Dressings: Pomegranate, Lemon and Apple Vinaigrette! (This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure at bottom of page)
Homemade is better and quick!
Store bought dressings are usually made with processed, tasteless, odorless, flavorless oils, not to mention preservatives, colorings and flavorings. Homemade salad dressing can be made in minutes and in my humble opinion fresh is always best! I think you will agree once you taste these vinaigrettes. Each of these recipes is grain free, gluten free and dairy free.
The Recipe: Pomegranate Vinaigrette
What you will need: You can reduce your own pomegranate juice to make a syrup or save time buying by buying antioxidant rich Pomegreat Pomegranate Syrup (12 oz or save money with the 24 oz). Mason jars, a mini whisk, and a good knife are always good to have! If you are living the Paleo or Whole 30 lifestyle, just leave out the honey! I use this salad dressing on a lot of salads, here is a recipe you might like!
A beautiful, brightly colored, antioxidant rich salad dressing made with reduced pomegranate juice. You can reduce your own or buy it already reduced and save some time. See link above. I love this dressing on many salads. Its perfect with an assortment of greens and seasonal winter fruits like persimmons, apples, and pomegranate seeds.
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup Pomegranate juice reduction* to make your own see instructions below
- 2 teaspoons finely minced shallots
- 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 teaspoons honey optional, if you are living sugar free omit
- pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in glass container. Shake! Can be kept refrigerated for one week.
*To reduce pomegranate juice, simply simmer 1 cup pomegranate juice in small sauce pan until it is reduced to a ¼ cup. I measure after 15 minutes and every few minutes after that. Just be sure not to forget about it! After it is reduced to a ¼ cup, allow to cool before using.
The Recipe: Lemon Vinaigrette with Chives
Tips and what you will need: To make a creamy vinaigrette you will need a blender. Blendtec has top quality refurbished blenders for almost half the price of new. I love mine! Mason jars, a mini whisk, and a good knife are always good to have! This dressing is perfect for greens with vegetables!
- ½ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons cup fresh squeezed lemon Juice
- 1 small clove garlic
- pinch sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped chives
Place everything except chives in a blender and blend till smooth. Add chives
The Recipe: Apple Vinaigrette
Tips and what you will need: I love this salad dressing! It is tart and sweet and perfect for all kinds of salads! I use it on this Chopped Apple Salad but also on greens with vegetables, sweet potatoes and berries! Mason jars, a mini whisk, and a good knife are always good to have! You will need apple cider vinegar, a white balsamic vinegar and sea salt (my favorites) Affiliate links. If you live sugar free leave out the honey, it’s still delicious!
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 6 T frozen organic apple juice concentrate reseal with plastic and a rubber band and place back in freezer to avoid waste
- 4 T apple cider vinegar
- 3 T white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp honey if living sugar free, skip it!
- 1 pinch sea salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients and whisk. Dress salad. Save extra dressing in covered container in the fridge for up to a week.
There they are my friends! My favorite salad winter dressings. Each is easy and delicious and will make your beautiful salad even more nutritious. To learn the secrets to making an amazing salad, click!~ Linda Spiker
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