Thrifty Thursday: Make Your Own Salad Dressings!

I don’t know if you love salad as much as I do, but if you do, I’m sure you know how pricey it can get when keeping the fridge well stocked with good quality dressings.  There are most definitely some excellent options which are great in a pinch….but why not experiment with some of your own favorite ingredients for a fraction of the price?  I know that some of you may be intimidated to

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Wow!  So many great options!  Well, for lunch I decided that I would try my hand at a bright and fresh dressing to show off some of the beautiful spring produce that I have being buying-up left and right.

20140424_122834I started my little concoction with the zest of one lemon and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice.  Then I started to layer in some more flavor with garlic, parsley, dill and basil.

20140424_123245Then whirl away!

20140424_124003Since I was using the Ninja, as opposed to my processor which has a great way to slowly drizzle in the olive oil for the purpose of emulsifying, I decided to transfer my lovely fresh mix into a bowl.  This way, I could drizzle in my 3/4 cup of olive oil while I whisked away.  Oh happy emulsion!

20140424_124246Sorry about the blurred hand…..I was busy with my emulsion, peeps!  Now time for a little sweet, tart, and creamy addition.

20140424_124630Two heaping tablespoons and my dressing was looking and tasting decadent.

20140424_12465320140424_125218A little salt and pepper for seasoning, and I was ready to pile up some tasty ingredients for my salad.  How does some fresh spinach, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, roasted almonds, and nasturtiams sound?  Oh, maybe nasturtiams are a new ingredient for you.  Check it out:

20140424_125615Growing like wild here on the Central Coast, the bright flowers have a lovely peppery zing…the perfect compliment to my bright dressing, sweet tomatoes,  and creamy avocados.  And it couldn’t be more gorgeous!!

20140424_13054220140424_13092720140424_13060820140424_130719Ooooo, yum!  This is one you are going to wanna try!

Bon apetit!

xoxo

Chanda

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