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Organic Salad Dressings

Posted on 11 January 2016

My inbox is filled with emails most days - business communication, invitations, marketing pitches, personal correspondence. These days, however, my inbox has filled up with another kind of message: the annual “how to pick a New Year’s Resolution and Stick With It” email from every person who has ever seen my email address.

In our family this year, we are working on making smarter choices in our eating habits on a daily basis. It’s not about dieting or losing weight, but just making small changes that will add up to a healthier, happier life. I love that there’s a no-pressure approach that still challenges us to think through what we consume - that little bit of grace makes all the difference!

One change that I’ve decided to make has two parts:

1. Start making salad dressings from scratch;
2. Switch to organic products to create those salad dressings

I realize that it sounds almost silly, but what’s really silly is how SILLY EASY it is to make your own organic salad dressing from scratch at home. If you have a blender or food processor, you simply throw everything in there and press go. If you have a mason jar, put everything in there and shake. And if you have a bowl and a whisk, throw everything in there and whisk it into oblivion.

Here are three extremely simple salad dressing recipes that you can feel good about feeding your family!

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ORGANIC BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup De Nigris Organic Balsamic Vinegar
• 2/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 1 clove fresh garlic, grated
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Directions:
• Combine all ingredients in a blender, mason jar, or bowl (with a whisk) and combine until smooth and emulsified.

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ORGANIC RED WINE VINAIGRETTE

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup De Nigris Organic Red Wine Vinegar
• 2/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 1 clove fresh garlic, grated
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
Directions:
• Combine all ingredients in a blender, mason jar, or bowl (with a whisk) and combine until smooth and emulsified.

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ORGANIC ITALIAN VINAIGRETTE

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons filtered water
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons De Nigris Organic Red Wine Vinegar
• 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon organic honey
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onions
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

Directions:
• Combine all ingredients in a blender, mason jar, or bowl (with a whisk) and combine until smooth and emulsified

Heather-Disarro_Heather Disarro is a food-centric lifestyle blogger who is passionate about embracing the beauty that surrounds us with in our everyday lives. She is a Texan living the expat life in central Arkansas with her husband, sons and two massive dogs. Heather writes her blog, Heather’s Dish, from an office filled with dust, dog fur, toys and plenty of love, grace and music. She specializes in creating delicious and creatively nourishing recipes. Cooking seasonally and with as many local ingredients as possible is an important component to Heather’s style of food, and she revels in the opportunity to bring the love of cooking to the world as a way to love others well! You can find her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram.