Healthy family recipe: Dress it up! Twisted salad with dressings from scratch

It’s dinner time, and with the recent heat, turning on the oven is the last thing that you want to do at the end of the day. Beat the summer heat and serve your family a cool and healthy side with this seasonal salad. Strawberries add a pop of color, while spicy radishes give way to crunch.

Finishing the salad with a homemade dressing allows the flavors to blend together; assuring every leaf of lettuce is topped with a bit of flavor.

Making your own dressing from scratch allows you to combine whole ingredients and leave out the preservatives, added colors, and sugar found in commercial products. Each serving of dressing contains 5 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fat from the olive oil – where typical bottled dressings may contain only 1 or 2 grams as they are made primarily with soybean-canola oil blend.

Dress it up! Twisted salad with dressings from scratch

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head of red leaf lettuce
  • 6 radishes
  • 2 cups of sliced strawberries

Directions:

1. Rinse and chop the lettuce and radishes.

2. Combine lettuce, radishes and sliced strawberries in a large bowl.

3. Pour on desired dressings and mix well.

Serving size: 2 cups

Servings per recipe: 4

Dressing Options:                                                                             

Balsamic Vinaigrette:                                                                           

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard                                           
  • Pinch of black pepper

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Pinch of black pepper

Dressing serving size: 2 ½ teaspoons

Servings per recipe: approximately 4


 

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