real food. real life.
We're in the heat of summer now! Hot afternoons, warm-ish nights. Who am I kidding - we live in Nova Scotia. The nighttime is always a little cooler. Not super hot. But I'm not complaining - I love it. I love the just cool enough air that you want to grab a sweater or blanket. It's just right.
But those hot afternoons brings us wonderful fresh veggies from the garden and farms. Which is awesome. Fresher means tastier and healthier for us all. More nutrients, more flavour, more eating from the earth - it's just a good thing all round. However, we always get into this rut of too much, especially with the CSA. And every summer at this point it seems to be lettuce. Copious amounts of lettuce. Fresh, tasty, and organic, but lots. And I hate to see our fresh food go bad. So, this means, among other delicious meals, but mostly - salad. Lots and lots of salad. For me, all this salad means a switch up from our regular balsamic/oil vinaigrette. I need something new and delicious to have overtop of my salad, honestly, to get me to eat it. The first salad is awesome. But day after day, I need something new! So, enter: this lovely little jar of wonderfulness. Basic ingredients, loaded with fresh basil (as we we are also bursting with that), easily made in a flash, keeps well, tastes amazing over lettuce or pasta or fish or chicken, or whatever! And, it uses ingredients that I bet you already have!
Try it tonight over your salad. Oh, what's that? You weren't going to have salad? Nonsense! Enjoy these fresh veggies while they're here, because as you know all too well, summer doesn't last forever and soon those fresh veggies will be few and far between.
Liven up your salad with this zesty little Italian dressing! Super yum!
Oh, and if you are still buying dressing from a store, WHY????? Read below to realize just how easy dressings are to make. Seriously. They are all this easy. Stop wasting your money and consuming unneeded fillers/preservatives/sugars! Make your own! Start with this one!! :)
Total Time: 3 minutes... maybe less
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
1-2 tsp-ish (very rough measurements here... whatever you prefer, really) of fresh (finely chopped) or dried basil, oregano, summer savoury
Dash of sea salt and a few shakes of ground fresh pepper
What to do:
1) Put all ingredients in a jar. Cover with lid tightly. Shake, shake, shake until you can't shake no more. Serve. :):):)
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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Here's a pic of me and my babies. Just because.
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