18 December 2012

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

When it comes to dressings, I like to be thoroughly assaulted by flavor.  Not quite a Lohan-esque sucker punch to the taste buds, but pretty darn close.  In order for me to deem a dressing appropriate, it needs to be a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and enhance any and all veggies I pair it with without overpowering their natural deliciousness.  It's not asking too much.

My past arsenal includes a creamy curry dressing worthy of slathering on everything from salads to rice bowls, a greek vinaigrette that is utterly magical over bell peppers and chickpeas, and a refreshing yet fiery sriracha ranch that takes fish tacos to the next level and then some!  I'm also a huge fan of berry-infused balsalmics and good old oil and vinegar.  Ooh!  I also drizzle yellow mustard on veggie burger salads and pour straight up hot sauce on buffalo shrimp salads.  I wasn't joking about the assault thing.  Bland is a four letter word to me... aka Blah.

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
2 TBSP of your favorite healthy oil [avocado, coconut, grapeseed + olive work great!]
2 TBSP dijon mustard
2 TBSP white vinegar
1-2 TBSP chopped yellow or vidalia onion
1 TBSP honey [plus extra, to taste]
1/2 tsp of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried minced onion or onion powder
1/4 tsp salt [plus any extra, to taste]

Whisk all of the above ingredients together, dip a spinach leaf to taste, then adjust the acidity-to-honey ratio to suit your palette.  You can even go crazy and add a little extra garlic - listen to your taste buds, they're brilliant.

Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Pair it with a leafy green salad of crisp baby spinach, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and crumbled feta.

Oh.  So.  Easy.


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17 comments:

  1. I read your posts and HONE IN ON YER PICS and wonder:
    SERIOUSLY THATS HER FOOD?
    my food tastes fab but my food be, um, ugly :-)

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  2. I have no doubt that I would love this dressing. I'm the same as you ... I need my salad dressing to pack a punch! ;)

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  3. Lovely. During all this holiday craze, I've become really appreciative of the lighter meals like this. It's refreshing.

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  4. This is my and REB's go-to homemade dessert when we have side salads alongside dinner! I love this! It's so light, tangy and so flavorful!

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    1. Ugh. Not dessert. DRESSING. DRESSING, APARNA, DRESSING. Gah. It's early ;)

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  5. Honey dijon is Ralph's favorite! I'll be trying this version, soon...Thanks, Jenn!

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  6. Yummy! Definitely one of my favorite dressings but I haven't tried to make it at home yet. I really love a good creamy tahini dressing too.

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  7. I looooove a good tasty mustard dressing and this one sounds uh-may-zing!! I think I almost licked my screen - thanks for that! X

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  8. YUMMY!!! Honey dijon is my fave on everything from salads to roasted brussels sprouts to sandwiches!

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  9. Yes please on the dressing flavor assault, this coming from a person who enjoys sweating when they eat (bring on the spice!) This dressing looks amaze-a-balls!

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  10. I was actually thinking of making a big salad for Christmas with fruit and this dressing would go perfect with what I had in mind. I'm printing now!

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  11. Love the post, Jenn. :D I'm 100% with ya on the dressing requirements. This looks heavenly and I love the presentation of it in the pictures.

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  12. I love honey dijon vinaigrette but I normally buy it from the store rather than make it myself. Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I'll definitely have to give it a try! :) xx

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  13. I love making honey dijon dressing. It's so yummy. I'll have to try the onion, haven't done that yet.

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  14. This looks fantastic! I don't usually like mustard too much, but I'd try this in a heartbeat (and probably pour buckets of it onto my salad - it looks *that* good). :)

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