My husband, Ryan, calls me a “salad savant”. I am not sure that I am a savant (from the French savoir “knowing”) but rather just someone who enjoys fresh ingredients all blended together in a bowl. It is a form of art for me. The presentation is important, but it’s the medium (in this case the dressing) that matters most.
I can’t stand store bought salad dressing. The fat content (and by fat, I mean the bad fat) is ridiculous. Even the “good” store bought dressings state “No artificial anything” and contain things like xanthan gum and citric acid, and my biggest pet peave, “all natural flavorings.” How can it be “natural” flavorings but not contain actual ingredients found in nature?!
I want my “dressing” to be fresh. One of my favorites is my bruschetta dressing:
- 1 chopped tomato
- 1/2 chopped red onion
- handful of torn basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 T EVOO
- splash of balsamic vinegar to taste
Now this is natural ingredients!
I wasn’t always a foodie or a salad snob. I wasn’t always an athlete or mother either. It was a gradual transformation like any other life change. I am still trying to figure it all out. Join me on the journey!
I will post some of my fun and delicious salad recipes soon. Stay tuned.