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Dressings are unfortunately disregarded when people are trying to be diet-minded. Where most people will turn to a simple oil and vinegar dressing, it doesn’t always go well with every salad. One day, I decided to try and whip up a healthy dressing of my own when my family came over. I read about a maple syrup and mustard base, and decided to start with that. I had no idea how it would actually taste on the salad and thought I could always go back to oil and vinegar if it tasted terrible. When I took the first bite, I was surprised. It was delicious. So far, I’ve made it for two different sets of family members. They all raved about it and asked for the recipe- a dressing recipe!?! Try it yourself and prepare to be surprised. I highly recommend it on a berry and feta salad .
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (natural)
- 1/2 lemon (juiced/squeezed, fresh)
- 1 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root (grated, fresh)
- 1 tsp garlic (minced, fresh)
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, pour in the maple syrup.
- Squeeze the lemon in the same dish through your fingers (to catch any seeds).
- Then, grate the ginger and mix.
- Next, add in the mustard and garlic. Mix.
- Lastly, add salt and pepper to taste. (Note: you may not need much salt because of the mustard, but I think a pinch helped to balance out the sweetness.)
This dressing goes so nicely with a berry salad, like the Patriotic Berry Salad featured on Eating Bird Food. I used strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, feta cheese and arugula for the salad. The combination with the dressing was sublime.