Blueberry Peach Salad with Zingy Ginger Citrus Dressing

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

 
 

I absolutely LOVE salads, especially in the summer when you can add all the amazing fresh fruit! I recently picked up some amazing peaches at the Farmers market and made it out to the blueberry farm to do some end of summer blueberry picking. I'll be freezing most of the blueberries so that I can have them throughout the winter in my smoothies. The remainder I decided to use to make a beautiful salad (recipe below.)

One of the keys to making salads at home is making your own salad dressing. I know this may sound like a daunting task, but it's actually quit easy and very cost-effective. I believe the best way to ruin a salad is by drenching it in some overly processed salad dressing that you buy from the store. Don't get me wrong, there are some amazingly healthy pe-made dressings that you can buy at the health food store. But who wants to spend $10.00 on salad dressing, when you can make a beautiful dressing at home for pennies, using ingredient you already have.

At first, you may feel as though you need to follow a recipe, but soon enough you'll be whipping up batches of super tasty dressing like you've been doing it for years. You can make up big batches and keep it in the fridge to use throughout the week since it will stay good for 5 days.

On this salad I made up a citrus dressing, and it was amazing. I literally just take a look at what I have in the fridge and pantry and play around until I create something that tastes great.

The main thing to remember is that you want to include a balance of sweet, sour, and salty. You can achieve these flavors using so many different ingredients.

Here are some examples:

Sweet: honey, maple syrup, dates, agave, coconut sugar

Sour: citrus fruit of any kind, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar

Salty: high quality sea salt, soy, miso, and even celery

You then need a base: olive oil, avocado, hemp seeds

Herbs & Spices: use any kinds that you like dried or fresh. Garlic is always great too.

Depending on the kinds of ingredients you decide on, you will either use a blender to make your dressing, or lots of time you can just put all the ingredients in a jar and shake. So simple. That's the technique we will be using for the recipe below.

Be creative!

Blueberry Peach Summer Salad with Zingy Citrus Dressing:

For the Salad:

  • 2 big handfuls of salad greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 peach cubed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbs sunflower seeds
  • **Arrange all ingredients onto a nice salad platter

For the Zingy Ginger Citrus Dressing:

This is going to make about 4 servings. This way you can use the left over throughout the week for other salads or you could even use it as a marinade.

  • 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (I use a hand squeezer that you can buy at most any kitchen store)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme ( I used dried but you can also use fresh, if using dried make sure you rub it between your fingers as you add to the salad. This releases the flavor)
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
  • a pinch of salt
  • **Put all of the ingredients into a mason jar and shake really well until everything is mixed together. Leave the dressing out on the counter for an hour or so to let the flavors marry. Add about 3 ounces to the salad and pop the rest into the fridge to use later.

Before Next Use: Because this dressing has olive oil in it, once you place it in the fridge it will get a little more solid. That is totally normal, just let it thaw a bit and give it another really good shake.

Hope you enjoy the salad as much as I did!!

I'll post more dressing recipes in the future!

Becca :)

 

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