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Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for the Summer

Just as meat lovers die for gravy melted over their meaty dish, salad lovers crave lip-smacking salad dressings to charge their taste buds with extra flavor for their crunchy greens. On lazy hot summer days, when all you feel like is something light and fresh, salads make the perfect fill. Dress up your salad in simply a few minutes with gorgeous combinations of exciting and healthy ingredients and turn your dish into an irresistibly juicy one!

 
1. Creamy Caesar Dressing
 
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
• 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 1 garlic clove, minced 

Give a healthy twist to the traditional Caesar dressing by using fat-free yogurt instead of oil, but keeping the rest of the characteristic ingredients for guaranteed flavor. Simply collect the above ingredients in a bowl and stir well with a whisk.

Yield: 1/2 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


2. Blue Cheese Dressing
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
• 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt 
• 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise 

If you adore the pungent taste of blue cheese, you'll get hooked on this delicious, creamy dressing that is perfect for salads, meat, and even as a dip. All it requires are just 3 simple ingredients, and what's more, they're all totally low in fat. Combine them all together in a small bowl, cover and chill. 

Yield: 3/4 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


3. Oriental Orange-Sesame Salad Dressing
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your SummerIngredients:
 

• 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 large oranges) 
• 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
• 1 tablespoon Chinese hot mustard (such as Ty Ling brand)
• 1 teaspoon sugar 
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 garlic clove, minced 
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Enjoy the best of both worlds with this sweet and spicy oriental taste to go with your spring mix, soybeans, wontons, or chicken serving. Mix the first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl, and then slowly drizzle oils into the juice mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. 

Yield: 1 1/2 cups (serving size: 4 teaspoons)


4. Classic Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients: 

• 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
• 1/4 teaspoon salt 
• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

This is the kind of classic topping you should probably always keep handy. With its pleasant, versatile taste, it can easily be the cherry on the cake for a variety of dishes, such as vegetable salads or even sandwiches. You may want to experiment with different vinegars to vary the flavor. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl and gradually add the olive oil as you stir.

Yield: 6 tablespoons (serving size 1 1/2 tablespoons)


 
5. Chili-Garlic Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer
 
Ingredie
nts: 

• 1 tablespoon chopped serrano chili
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 6 garlic cloves, crushed 
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons water
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
• 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 1/2 tablespoons anchovy paste

 

If you want to spice up your greens with a fresh, succulent taste, which is also light, here's a great idea. This vinaigrette goes exceptionally well with both raw and grilled vegetables, pasta salad, or any antipasto you're willing to add some extra flavor to. To prepare, mash the first 3 ingredients together in a mortar until they form a paste, place it in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, and stir with a whisk. Refrigerate the mixture for up to a week and enjoy.

Yield: 3/4 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


6. Herbed-Lemon Buttermilk Dressing
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
• 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise 
• 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind 
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion 
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon coarsely
ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon salt 
• 1 garlic clove, minced 

Spoil yourself with an irreplaceable topping for your salads, dip for your vegetables, or a marinade for your chicken. Use this tasty all-purpose dressing to combine it with your own creative kitchen ideas. Simply toss all the ingredients in a bowl and stir with a whisk until you get one fancy blend. Make sure you refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 5 days and give it a good stir before using. 

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


7. Cranberry Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 1 cup cranberry juice 
• 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
• 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil 
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 teaspoons minced chives
• 1/8 teaspoon salt 
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine some amazing flavors with this thick dressing made out of fresh cranberries. Add a sweet, fruity tang to any roasted meat serving, such as chicken, pork or duck, or use it to freshen up your regular sandwich. The ingredients are easy to find and instructions are simple to follow: First, boil the juice and cranberries in a small saucepan and cook for around 5 minutes, then combine it with all the other ingredients in a small bowl and stir well with a whisk. 

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 4 teaspoons)


8. Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons minced shallots
• 2 tablespoons walnut oil
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For a neutral but nutty-tasting flavor, you may want to experiment with this delicious walnut oil vinaigrette. Although it uses walnut oil, it's easily adaptable  for interesting variations, such as using pistachio or hazelnut oil instead. It will blend in subtly with any of your salads. Stir all ingredients together using a whisk and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Yield: 2/3 cup (serving size: about 1 tablespoon)


9. Sweet and Sour Bacon Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients:

• 2 center-cut bacon slices 
• 1  1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar 
• 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• Dash of kosher salt
• Spinach 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower / CookingLight

We can all agree that when there's bacon, there's flavor. The ingredients of this particular vinaigrette are just what you need to lighten up any plain salad or vegetable serving, giving it an irresistible flavorsome kick. To prepare, cook the bacon in a pan until crisp, then crumble it. With a whisk, stir the remaining ingredients in the pan without the bacon first, then add it to the mixture and stir well.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


10. Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
Fresh and Simple Salad Dressings for Your Summer

Ingredients: 

• 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
• 1 tablespoon minced shallots
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 10 grape tomatoes 
• 1 garlic clove 
• 2 tablespoons olive oil 
• Mixed baby greens

 

 

 

 

Source: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower / CookingLight

Once you discover this mouth-watering vinaigrette, you wouldn't replace it with anything else. For that extra smack on your greens, you may want to try this sensational mixture bursting with tomato and fresh basil flavoring. Combine the first 6 ingredients together and blend them in a mini food processor. During this process, add olive oil to the mixture gradually while processing. Drizzle over  mixed baby greens.  

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tablespoons)

 

H/T: Oxmoor House at CookingLight

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