Spring in a Bottle: Lemon Vinaigrette

dressingopenerI have a love-hate relationship with salad dressings. I do actually enjoy some dressings, but whenever I eat out I usually avoid it and just use olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Boring if you ask me, but it’s a safe bet. Usually restaurant dressings are filled with who knows what that is most likely coming from a huge commercial size bottle from who knows where and is probably very processed. Sorry, but true. This is why I love making my own dressings. This lemon dressing is perfect for so many different salads and is a great way to welcome spring.

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Lemons…the more you eat, the better you will feel. Seriously, they are that good for you. They are super high in antioxidants and vitamins, especially vitamin c. They have cancer-fighting properties, can help prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, reduces fluid retention, as well as improves the skin, hair, and teeth. I told you….

I try to incorporate lemons into my meals as much as possible. I go through kicks where I drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning (amazing for your digestion) and try to drink lemon water all day (great for detoxing), but it’s hard for me to stick to. This salad dressing however, is not easy to forget.

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This dressing is so fresh and clean tasting; it really tastes good on anything. I’ve been eating a lot of it lately. I love making a batch in a mason jar, and having it in the fridge all week. I added a little olive oil for some healthy fats, some organic dijon mustard to help emulsify it, some maple syrup for some natural sweetness and the juice and zest of half a lemon. I also added a little apple cider vinegar, which, believe it or not seems to have even more health benefits than lemons. Apple cider vinegar is capable of pretty amazing things, everything from increasing energy levels, aids in digestion, helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, increase weight loss…just to name a few…more on that later. I hope you enjoy this dressing, and happy spring!

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Spring in a Bottle: Lemon Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Salad dressing
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon organic dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients together in a jar and shake until mixed well.

 

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