Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

If you’re anything like me, this simple Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing recipe will come in handy all. the. time. I almost always forget to check my fridge for salad dressing until AFTER I’ve made a salad. It’s a rookie mistake, but I never learn. Luckily, this simple recipe contains just 4 simple ingredients and can be put together in minutes. Phew! A total salad saver. Homemade salad dressings are also cheaper and way healthier than most store-bought options, which is great if you’re on a Whole30 or are just trying to eat healthier in general.

In the last week, I’ve used this dressing on a spinach salad, a cold green bean salad, and even on a beautiful filet of mahi-mahi! The possibilities with this are endless. All you need is olive oil or avocado oil, fresh lemon juice, Mediterranean salt, fresh cracked pepper, and a whisk or frother. Each image below is a link for the ingredient on Amazon. I highly recommend purchasing a frother. It’s the BEST tool EVER. I use it nearly every day in my morning coffee or matcha, and it’s handy for other tasks (like mixing salad dressing), too!

Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

The frother I mentioned above is my secret to making this a “creamy” dressing. The fast whisking motion of the frother slightly emulsifies the oil and lemon juice, giving it a think and frothy texture. Okay let’s learn how to make this dressing!

Mediterranean Lemon Pepper Dressing

A quick and healthy everyday dressing

  • 3/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Mediterranean pink salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. ADD all ingredients into a jar.

  2. MIX ingredients together using frother, whisk, or blender.

  • Use this dressing on anything and everything! Your taste buds will thank you for this light and refreshing option. 
  • This dressing can be stored in the fridge for at least a week.
  • Separation is likely to occur. Simply shake the jar or use the frother to re-emulsify the dressing. 

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Simple Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Fall is my favorite seasons for many reasons, one being that a local farm close to my home offers awesome pick-your-own fruits and veggies this time of year. This isn’t your average pumpkin patch or apple orchard. It has EVERYTHING. Several apple varieties, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, swiss chard, pumpkins – you name it!

I love that they offer such a variety of local veggies, and it’s such a lovely way to spend a fall day outdoors. Of course, every time I visit I get carried away and take much more food than I know what to do with. This year I controlled myself pretty well, and only ended up over-harvesting beets. Luckily those will last a while in the fridge.

The beets and spinach were grown in the same field, and as I was harvesting them I began to think about how I would incorporate them into my meals this week. Then it donned on me – a beet and goat cheese salad! You know, like one of those fancy salads you would find at a restaurant. Now, you definitely do not need to go to a pick-your-own farm to make this salad. Everything you need can be purchased from the grocery store, and you can even purchase the beets pre-cooked. I chose to dress my salad with home-made balsamic vinaigrette, but anything would work!

Fancy restaurant salads usually have fancy toppings on them, right? Toppings like sunflower seeds, dried fruit or fresh berries. Well, I had that covered. Thanks to the chicken salad recipe (Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad) I made last week, I had a whole bin of mixed nuts, seeds and dried cranberries to work with. I really like the mix Trader Joe’s offers. It has walnuts, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. I find buying a mix in bulk is much cheaper than buying the individual components separately.  Click the image below to shop!

I realize that I am not the first genius to put together a beet and goat cheese salad, but this is my spin on this delicious combination. I ate this salad for 4 days in a row and enjoyed every bite! The serving size listed below is set to 2-4 servings as this salad could be served as a meal or as a side, depending on your mood. Please let me know your thoughts on this recipe in the comments below!

Ingredients (2-4 servings):

  • 6oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 large beet, roasted, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, roughly chopped
  • Garnish:
    • goat cheese
    • mixed nuts
    • dried cranberries
  • Balsamic vinaigrette
    • store bought, OR
    • 1 TBSP olive oil + 1 TBSP balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions:

  • Prep:
    • Roughly chop spinach, broccoli and nuts, set aside.
    • Dice beets* into medium chunks, set aside.
  • Assembly: Layer ingredients into your bowl or serving dish. First add the spinach, then top with broccoli and beets.
  • Dressing: Combine oil and vinaigrette in a small cup or container, mix well.
  • To serve: Toss veggies with dressing, then garnish with nuts, seeds, berries and goat cheese.
  • *BEETS: If using fresh beets, you’ll need to cook ’em!
    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    • Wrap beets in tinfoil and roast for 40+ minutes, until fork tender.
    • Let cool, peel away skin, and dice.

Happy Munching : )

 

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Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Oh chicken salad, how I love you. The great thing about chicken salad is that you can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you want, and you can add so many different things to it! I usually make a big batch and eat it for lunch throughout the week.

Before I got on the clean(er) eating train, I thought ALL mayo was bad for you.  As it turns out, mayo – like many foods that are typically unhealthy – are unhealthy because of the specific ingredients used. Choose healthier ingredients and BAM, you have healthier mayo. There are even mayos that are Whole30 compliant! My favorite mayo is Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil mayo. It’s Whole30 compliant and tastes great! My second favorite mayo is Sir Kensington’s avocado oil mayo. Sir Kensington’s isn’t compliant on a Whole30, but is a great option for every day mayo-ing.

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is the bomb. It takes literally no time to make and lasts for several meals! It’s also next to impossible to grow tired of because you can add so many different things into the mix and serve it in so many ways. My favorite ways to serve it are over mixed greens or wrapped up in a tortilla.

For a long time I would make this particular chicken salad recipe with walnuts and dried cranberries. Don’t get me wrong that combo is dynamite, but it requires you to have two separate ingredients on hand. Nothing is more annoying that getting halfway through the recipe just to find out you’re all out of cranberries. Solution? Buy a cranberry nut mix! I purchased an omega-3 nut mix from Trader Joe’s that contains cranberries, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds and pistachios! The nut mix adds a great crunch to the chicken salad, the cranberries give it a nice bit of sweetness, and everything you need is in one bag. 

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad

Ingredients (4-5 servings):

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir! It’s that easy.
    • Don’t forget to chop the nuts into smaller pieces
    • Best when refrigerated for at least 1 hour

Happy munching! : )

 

 

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