adressing the salad

I’ve been known to add random, unexplainable things to my salads.

For example, I like to fill my salads with lots of leftovers.  Christmas leftovers—I think—are especially good.  This did, however, raise some eyebrows at the dinner table.

But—really—you have to admit, brown sugar glazed carrots are good on anything.  Turnips too.

And then there is one of my most favorite combinations, which includes chicken, black beans, corn and avocado.  This also raised some eyebrows, but in a good way.

Roasted squash isn’t exactly your typical salad fare, but my tastebuds sure are happy with it.

When all is said and done, there is one thing that is always true.  One thing that the entire family continues to agree on. 

Homemade, viniagrette dressing.

I made it during the Christmas holiday, and one of my uncles declared it was the best viniagrette he has ever had.  I wish I could pat myself on the back, but the truth is that this recipe can be made by anyone.  It’s not at all stuffy or fancy, and can be made in under 5 minutes.  Ready for any ol’ time, when you just want a simple but snazzy homemade dressing to grace your salad. 

This dressing will turn strange salads into something normal. 

And it will turn boring salads into something extraordinary.

It’s kind of a win-win.

Family Favorite Vinaigrette Dressing

This dressing is a family favorite, hence the name.  It goes lovely with all kinds of vegetables and pairs well with strong cheese.  And considering how simple this is to put together, you can throw it together directly before your meal.  It does, however, taste even better with age.  Enjoy! 😀

  • 1/2 c. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. parsley flakes (or 1 c. fresh, loosely packed)
  • 1/2 c. chopped red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blend the above ingredients together in a blender, until smooth. 
  2. Drizzle over your favorite salad and ENJOY. 😀

Question: What is your favorite salad topping/mix-in?  I love feta cheese, cranberries, and anything that has been roasted!


19 thoughts on “adressing the salad

  1. That vinaigrette looks amazing! I never use boughten salad dressings anymore – homemade ones are cheaper and taste better, so you win all around!

    Pears, pecans and a really pungent cheese. Or, in the summer when we have fresh herbs, avocado with loads of rough-chopped pineapple sage and balsamic drizzle. Mixing in fresh chopped cherries or watermelon with big chunks of heirloom tomatoes is also awesome – first surprise, then foodgasm!

  2. Mmm I love huge, colourful salads! The vinaigrette sounds very tasty – I bet the parsley flakes add some great flavour.

    Some of my favourite mix-ins are leftover stir-fried tofu or tempeh, dried cranberries, walnuts or almond slivers, and pumpkin seeds.

  3. Mmm…brown sugar glazed carrots do sound amazing right now. And that dressing looks fantastic, I’ll have to try it next time I’m eating a salad!

    I like fruit on/in my salad…citrus, apples, cranberries – yum!

  4. That dressing sounds great — looking forward to trying it! And I agree about the feta, I have no problem adding that to any and every salad I eat. Or eating it straight from the container if the mood calls for it 🙂

  5. I love to top my salad with roasted vegetables. They can be warm or cold. Either way they pair beautifully with crisp greens!

    I have been known to make “leftover” salads too. I feel that they are the best kind, offering so many flavors and textures!

  6. Now, THAT’S a salad! I love salads with more vegetables than you can count. Honestly, I don’t even like dressing all that much.. I just love when the different tastes and textures combine together. I think it’s especially important with a salad to have some sort of warm vegetable in the mix, be it squash or steamed broccoli or whatever 🙂 It’s the best!

  7. Thanks for the recipe. I love making my own dressings – particularly honey mustard or a vinaigrette.

    I’ve found in Sydney, Australia it’s quite common to find roasted squash or sweet potato on a salad or sandwich, which I love. Hope that trend comes over here sometime soon.

  8. that salad dressing sounds like it would be delicious! I love roasted squash on salad. I have a recipe for lentil goat cheese and roasted squash salad…very good!! i have also roasted parsnips and made the salad with squash with parsnips..delicious!

  9. I’ve never tried some of those combinations but they look good! I bet roasted green beans and mushrooms would be good on a salad.
    ( I love your snow on your site. I took mine down yesterday when I was working on a page, but I want to re-activate it.)

  10. Thanks for the great recipe — I just made it for supper! I didn’t have any red onion, so I just left it out, and I spilled my oregano all over the floor while trying to measure it, so I had to substitute basil. It was still really good though. Next time I’ll try it as written.

    Some of my favourite salad ingredients are soft goat cheese, sunflower seeds, and diced avocado.

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