Don’t sabotage your salads with dressings that are full of sugar, preservatives, and sodium. Try this Dijon vinaigrette, it’s gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and absolutely delicious!
I love making my own homemade vinaigrette. They are easy and so tasty, not to mention much better for you than salad dressings from the store. Salad dressings that you buy from the can be delicious, but they are often filled with excess sugars, preservatives, sodium, artificial colors or flavors, and inflammatory oils.
Store bought salad dressings can also be expensive.
And if you are eating a salad, chances are that you are trying to make a good decision about your health, and that you are making an effort to eat something nutritious. Well, with the wrong kind of salad dressing, you could be quickly defeating the purpose of your salad.
Store bought dressings are often filled with excess sugars, which is not what we want if we are eating a salad. Some of the store bought dressings can have up to 3 teaspoons of sugar per serving (which is usually 2 tablespoons of dressing!). The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6-9 added teaspoons of sugar a day for adults. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my salad to be sweet, and I certainly don’t want to intake sugar from a salad. I would rather just have a cookie!
Excess sodium is often in salad dressings too, which is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. Most store bought dressings contain about 300 to 500 mg of sodium in a two-tablespoon serving, and I don’t know about you – but I more often than not put more than 2 tablespoons of dressing on my salad!
Make your own dressing. Not only is making your own salad dressing easy, it’s cheaper than the store bought dressings, and it’s healthier. And the best part about homemade dressings or vinaigrettes – they are absolutely delicious! This is a basic vinaigrette that frequents my weekly salads. It is very versatile, in that you can add different things, use different vinegars, and add different spices. Make this vinaigrette with the ingredients that you like.
Basically you just need oil, vinegar, an emulsifier, and spices/herbs.
Oil: I use extra virgin olive oil. You could also use coconut oil, or even avocado oil.
Vinegar: I like champagne vinegar, white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or red wine vinegar.
Emulsifier: I LOVE Dijon mustard so I usually always use it. You could however use yogurt or mayonnaise.
Spices/herbs: of course salt and pepper, and GARLIC. You can add whatever else you would like – like oregano, or thyme, or even some red pepper flakes.
You can just add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together with a fork or whisk, or you can add the ingredients to a small blender. I find that the vinaigrette comes out to be a little bit creamier if it is combined in a blender. But it’s still just as delicious doing it by hand, which is usually what I do. I hate to wash dishes.
The vinaigrette will last in the fridge for about 5-6 days.
Simple. Delicious. Healthy. It really is a win-win, and it won’t sabotage your nutritious intention of having a salad for a meal.
I use these cute little swing top glass bottles for my vinaigrettes!
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