Salads are my favorite meal, I know… to some I probably sound absolutely crazy for saying that. I made this lightly sweet and tasty apple cider vinaigrette that make my summer salads even better. In my opinion the dressing you choose can be a game changer. Eating salad doesn’t mean you have to use boring iceberg lettuce and some hydrogenated bottled concoction that grocery stores like to call dressing.
I love to pick a light and fluffy lettuce for my salad base and then I just top on whatever veggies, grain, and protein/fat that I might be craving. Sometimes When I’m feeling fancy I will roasted some veggies and put them on top to add a soft and warm element.
The best part about a salad is that there are no rules, you can make it however you like! In the salad pictured there is spring mix, carrots, red onion, and avocado; however, I will list a few more veggies that go great with this light and sweet vinaigrette.
For the apple cider vinaigrette…
-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-1 Tbsp honey
-2 tsp honey mustard
-2 Tbsp water
-4 cloves garlic (minced)
-S&P to taste
For the salad…
-Frise lettuce, bib lettuce, butter lettuce, or spring mix
-red onion, carrot, radishes, cucumber, bell pepper, english peas, and/or corn
-avocado, tofu, or chicken
-quinoa, barley, farro, or even croutons
In a mason jar (or container with a tight sealing lid) combine all salad dressing ingredients. Put lid on tightly and shake until the dressing is mixed to an even consistency. Set aside and build your salad to your liking. Last, top a few spoonfuls of the apple cider vinaigrette on the salad and toss. Enjoy!