Dress Your Fresh Greens in Different Ways
Are you bored with your greens? Well, eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on flavor. The same mixture of vegetables can taste like an entirely new dish when served with another dressing. So, if you’re used to your salad, why not make things interesting by trying out different dressings? Here are a few ideas for fresh salad dressings that you should definitely try out.
Creating a Salad
Before we go to the saucy stuff, let’s first get some ideas about how to revamp your salad, so to speak. If you’re used to tossing everything that’s on hand, stop. A salad surely includes all sorts of leafy veggies. But this doesn’t mean that you have to put in every single veggie that is inside your fridge. Just choose 3 kinds, and add in one or two trimmings. Some great options are: spinach, kale, arugula, romaine and red leaf lettuce. The iceberg lettuce, which is very popular, actually has a low nutritional value. But this is still rich in fiber.
When we look at a certain dish, our eyes devour it first. Hence, presentation is important because the more appealing a dish is, the better it will taste. In other words, how a plate appears has some sort of psychological impact on how we perceive and taste food. This is why it’s also wise to use 1 or 2 embellishments to your salad. Add in some roasted beets, sliced cucumbers or bell peppers, or cheese. Different types of meats, like bacon, prosciutto, fish, chicken, and meatballs, can also be used to add flavor.
Are you used to store-bought salad dressings? Well, it’s fine to use these instant dressings, but you should consider making your own. It’s not that hard, and you could do a lot with simple ingredients. Consider the following options when you find yourself making another batch of salad.
– Sweet and Tart Honey-Lemon Dressing
Prepare about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, and ½ tablespoon honey. Combine everything in a jar or bowl, and drizzle on salad. Use salt and freshly ground pepper if preferred.
– Zesty Vinaigrette
When making vinaigrette, the ratio of oil and vinegar is 3:1. So, if you’re using 3 tablespoons of oil, then you should add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. But remember that there are different kinds of vinegars with varied flavors. Though you can use an ordinary white vinegar, white wine or red wine vinegar will be more flavorful. Also, the 3:1 ratio will help you achieve a good mixture more or less. Just add some here and there until you achieve the taste that you’re looking for. Then, add ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard. Optional elements include: salt, freshly ground pepper, lemon or other citrus juices. Citrus juices enhance the flavor of vinegar.
– Creamy, Crumbly Blue Cheese Dressing
Blue cheese dressing can be used as dressing or as dip. To prepare, add the following ingredients in a bowl: 1 cup mayonnaise, 1½ tablespoon vinegar (use red or white wine vinegar), 1 teaspoon dry mustard, ¼ cup sour cream, and 4 ounces of blue cheese. Optional elements to enhance flavor include salt, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. You can also mix in some herbs and spices, like minced onion and parsley.
Claire Kenwood is a freelance blogger. She regularly contributes articles about food and recipes to food and health websites. She also writes for Just Catering, which provides premier catering and event planning services.