There are two things I can’t get enough varieties of in my garden. Tomatoes and Lettuce. There are sooo many colorful and interesting cultivars, I just can’t help myself. Obviously, the end result of this obsession is heaps and heaps of lettuce and tomatoes. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. I don’t actually like salad that much. In fact, I have to force myself to eat it because I know it’s good for me. And if I don’t, and it all goes to seed, Farmer B won’t let me indulge in my lettuce love anymore.
So, to over-come this obstacle, I went searching for the best salad dressing ever. Just to increase the difficulty of this task, I’m ultra picky about salad dressings. I don’t like creamy ones, I don’t like fruity ones, and I especially hate any of the store-bought varieties. I also don’t want one that’s going to negate the nutritional benefits of the leafy greens I’m eating.
Farmer B’s aunt makes a really good balsamic dressing that I like very much, but it wasn’t quite hitting the mark of my absolute favorite. I wanted something more.
Then, I found a Herb and Ginger Vinaigrette in an old Anne Lindsay cookbook I had lying around. It sounded promising. I gave it a try, and WoW! Did it ever light up my taste buds. Buuut, there was just one small problem. It was just a little too sweet, and used granulated white sugar. I like things more on the tart side, and I don’t like using white refined sugar. So I adapted the original recipe to suit my tastes, and it’s PERFECT! I could eat salad with this dressing aaaallll daaay loong.
Here’s my recipe, slightly adapted from the original by Anne Lindsay:
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tsp local honey (more if you like things a little sweeter)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp each chopped fresh basil and cilantro
Whisk ingredients in a small bowl and serve!
This dressing is delicious drizzled over tomatoes with a little arugula and thinly sliced red onion as well. So if you struggle to enjoy salads, but really want to like them, give this dressing a whirl. I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I do.
Do you have favorite salad dressing that you just can’t live without? I’d love to hear it.