Tag Archives: salad dressing

roasted beet salad

Mustardy Beet Salad

The tasty mustard dressing is a welcome change from the standard beets/goat cheese/candied pecan trifecta.

garden lettuce

For the Love of Lettuces (Creamy French Dressing)

It is so easy to grow great greens on your porch or in your garden. Show them off with this delicious, creamy dressing. It’s mustardy alternative to a Caesar that works well with crispy greens like butterhead or romaine.

Glorious Citrus! Chopped Meyer Lemon Dressing

I’m obsessed with in-season citrus right now; limes, lemons, blood oranges, satsumas, the list could go on. Wherever you live though, now is the time to seek out these bright beauties.

Top Kitchen Tool: Molcajete

The molcajete is gorgeous, versatile, and functional which makes it an A+ tool in my book. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s just fun to say. Try it: Molcajete. Now try it again with your eyes at half mast while channeling your inner Salma Hayek…Molcahetteh.

finished salad

Perfect Sherry Vinaigrette

It sort of surprises me now, but from a young age (I think I was about eight) my mom always let me make the salad dressing for dinner. It was usually some variation of Italian, sometimes creamy, sometimes not, but it always made me feel important.

Garden watermelon radishes

Watermelon Radishes

These incredible watermelon radishes are a fun addition to any garden. I plant them from seed year around and their beauty always astounds me. Somewhat plain on the outside, but with a single slice, a sneak peak is revealed of shockingly beautiful and brilliant color inside.

Simple Basil Salad Dressing

This simple dressing uses basil snipped from my garden, a lemon plucked from my tree, and garlic pulled from my daughter’s school’s vegetable garden. It is quick, easy, fresh, delicious, and perfect for early summer. Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing

Meyer lemons are great for salad dressing as well. Here is one of the easiest dressing recipes I’ve ever done, and it has great crowd appeal. Even the children love it. It goes perfectly with all my leafy greens that are growing so well in the garden right now: mâche, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, arugula, mesclun, and wild arugula. I simply trim a small amount of each to make my own “Valerie” salad mix—it’s the definition of fresh, and oh so delicious.

green goddess dressing, garden salad, summer salad

Green Goddess Dressing

It works well as a dip for veggies, dressing on crispy greens or in place of mayo on a sandwich. However you add it to you culinary repertoire; sit back and watch your guests light up when they sample your latest garden creation with zeal.