Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Okay…..sorry to keep you all waiting!!  The consensus is that I need to write more and not worry about the “perfect” post, either recipe or photograph wise.  So in keeping with my new more relaxed posting style, I bring you an easy salad dressing I made for my salads last week. 

And it was so tasty….it was gone before I ever snapped a picture.  Oops!

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

3 1/2 T safflower oil (or other healthy oil like sunflower….just not canola….and evoo is too strong)
1 1/2 T Balsamic Vinegar*
1/4 cup filtered water
dashes sea salt and pepper
1 T honey (or to taste)
1 T orange juice concentrate

Place all ingredients in small (jam size) canning jar with lid.  Shake well.  To just make a balsamic vinaigrette, leave out the orange juice.  You can also replace it with lemon juice or pureed frozen raspberries. 

The dressing will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.  This amount will usually take me through about 5 salads.  Just shake before each use as the mixture will separate.

*Balsamic Vinegar – (a good one I picked up at Whole Foods is Monari Federzoni Balsamic Vinegar of Modena…I also saw it at Publix).  It is very good, but not too expensive.  I was nervous to pick one up since I wasn’t able to get recommendations first. 

I really wish I had known before now how easy homemade salad dressings are!!  Really you must try it!  When I think of all the years I spent either not buying salad fixings due to not wanting to plunk $3 down on a bottle of dressing…..or the 30 minutes spent reading labels trying to find a raspberry vinaigrette without red dye #40!!  Seriously, next time you are at the store…..start reading those labels of the name brand salad dressings.  Some ingredients you can’t even pronounce.  Why do we need all those chemicals in our bodies?

There was SO much wasted time and money!!  And of course my taste buds suffered as well….everything tastes better from scratch!

So sad that like me, most people do not know that the majority (everything) they buy at the store in the form of “processed” food can be made at home!  Not only that…..but it also tastes better, costs less and is better for you!  Can I hear an Amen?

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