My Go-To Balsamic Vinaigrette

If you have read a few of my blog posts, you know I make a lot of salad and a lot of dressing. I try to make a dressing that will compliment the ingredients in the salad, and not every dressing goes with every salad…. well, maybe with the exception of this one. This is my go-to dressing that I make that goes with almost everything, and almost everybody likes it. I learned this method of using honey and mustard as the emulsifiers for this dressing originally from a Southern Living Cookbook my mom had, but I don’t remember the exact measurements. I also added in whole grain mustard because I like the flecks of mustard seeds. Originally the recipe had diced shallots as well, which is a delicious touch you can add, but I don’t always keep shallots on hand. I do have garlic on hand almost always, so that’s what I use now. Plus my husband also is a garlic lover to the max. However, if he reads this he is going to whine, “Why don’t we always have shallots?!”

When I like someone I meet and want to make friends, I cook for them. That’s just my “love” language. That’s how I show people, “I appreciate you.” A while back, I was in search of a new hair stylist, and I wanted to chop off my long locks and get a fun, modern bob that was easy to style. I used Yelp, read some reviews, visited some websites and found that a salon, Hair Graphics, was around the corner from my house, reasonably priced, and one of their stylists was young with a short do herself. So I called and made an appointment requesting Meghan, and I’m so glad I did.

Usually I am shy, and I feel awkward talking to people doing my nails or my hair. But Meghan and I immediately hit it off and had great conversation the whole time. She’s a foodie into healthy eating, a mom interested in natural childbirth and women’s health, and she is really sweet. She also gave me the cutest hair cut ever, that makes me feel confident and beautiful, and it is so easy to style… and she took the time to teach me to do it. Since I worked in the restaurant and customer service industry for 10 years, I really appreciate people that do a great job.

We followed each other on Instagram, and she had made some salads for her family that she posted, saying they were inspired by my salads. She also posted a picture a while back about another client bringing her a cupcake as a surprise.

So the last time I went in to get my cute bob touched up, I decided to bring her lunch, and since I knew she would dig it, I brought her a healthy lunch pictured below. A big ol’ spinach salad with my Roasted Chicken Breasts, Avocado, Rainbow Carrots, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Blood Orange Segments, Orange Bell Pepper, Raisins and Sliced Almonds, with a huge side of Balsamic Vinaigrette. I also knew she liked Kombucha, so I brought her a Strawberry GT’s and a Peanut Chocolate Chip Larabar…. because they are so yummy!

This dressing is especially great with the combo of winter citrus segments (like blood oranges), creamy avocado slices, chicken and sliced almonds. From there, throw in any other veggies you like.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon of Whole Grain Mustard
3 Tablespoons of raw honey
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar of really good quality
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 grated garlic cloves (I use a microplane zester to grate my garlic)
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Whisk together the mustard, garlic, vinegar, and honey. Slowly pour in the oil, while whisking quickly to emulsify the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.