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3 Salads to freshen up any meal

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

From health benefits to great taste, salads are a great way to lighten and brighten up your meal, whether served as a side or alone. These brilliant salad and salad dressing recipes are quick to assemble and are significantly lower in calories and fats compared to other great tasting foods.

Lemon-dijon vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is acidic, slightly sweet and perfect on a fruity summer salad.


2 tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of a whole lemon

2 tsp lemon zest

Salt and pepper to taste

Chimichurri dressing

Though not traditionally on salads, I find this herby, bright sauce to be perfect as a dressing on leafy spinach and kale salads.


1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 tbsp cup chopped mint

1 fresno chili or jalapeño finely chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic grated

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsp finely chopped oregano

Traditional Balsamic Vinaigrette

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1 spring onion, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

The best way to combine these ingredients into a dressing is to put them into a jar and shake it. The dressing does not have to be fully emulsified, it has to coat the vegetables in the salad to make them glossy.

Bright Lemony Acidic Summer Salad Vinaigrette Fresh Brighten Meal
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