This is the little black dress of salad dressings. It goes with anything and everything, it’s easy to make, and it’s always a hit! You and your family will love it. Even my finicky husband loves it!
Grab a bowl, toss in the lettuce and dressing, and top with cucumber, bell peppers of all colors, blueberries, strawberries, or whatever you have in the refrigerator. Toss well with salad tongs to evenly distribute the dressing over all the goodies. Really, anything goes with this dressing. From fruits to veggies, it just works!
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves, more if you are daring
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (just a dash if you don’t like it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Optional: Squeeze 1/2 lemon or lime in the mix to give it a little tartness
Optional: For a touch of sweetness, add a couple of drops of stevia or a teaspoon of raw honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and emulsified, about 30 seconds.
Tip #1: While a high speed blender works beautifully, it is hard to clean the oil residue completely out of the blender and off the blade. A Magic Bullet works efficiently and allows for easy cleaning. Plus, with the Magic Bullet, you don’t have to transfer the extra dressing to another container, just change the blade out for a lid and pop it in the fridge.
Tip #2: Extra dressing will last a week in the refrigerator. If you are using a quality olive oil, the dressing may solidify a bit. Just set it out at room temp for a few minutes, shake, and you’re good to go.
Tip #3: Pick a fresh herb and add a few leaves or a handful to the dressing before blending. It will take the little black dress of dressings and glam it up. A personal favorite is basil or cilantro, but oregano works well too. Be creative!
Tip #4: Spread a thin coat of dressing over baked chicken or fish right before serving. The flavor is subtle enough to dress it up but not enough to overwhelm the taste buds.