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Two exciting things today: my first salad dressing recipe and a giveaway!
I’m partnering up with s.a.l.t. sisters, a company that deals with all sorts of high-quality food products, to offer you a chance to win a bottle of their Mandarin Zest Infused Olive Oil! Scroll on down to enter! This great company is also offering my readers a discount off of orders made during this giveaway (Feb. 23- Mar. 1, 2016). Simply use the code “saltsisters25” to get a hefty 25% off of your order before shipping! All products are, “fresh, unrefined, non-GMO, [and] gluten free without any artificial fillers or MSG”.
I’m usually a Ranch kind of gal, but I’ve wanted to make a vinaigrette recipe for some time now. When I got the opportunity to review some olive oil from the s.a.l.t. sisters, I decided that this would be the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone! Since I’m not very good at keeping things basic, I decided to spice up my vinaigrette with some raspberry flavor. Problem is, I don’t usually keep raspberries on hand. I do usually have frozen cranberries, so I used a few tablespoons of them for color and added some raspberry extract for flavor. A teensy bit of THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder to round out the sweetness and it was perfect! You can pour this yummy dressing all over your normal salad, or you can add some black olives and cranberries for some extra flavor and color.
Oh, and if you have raspberries waiting to be used, by all means use them in place of the cranberries and raspberry extract.
Let’s talk about this olive oil. I have not had very good experiences with olive oil in the past. Seems like whatever we get at Sam’s Club is very dark and heavy-tasting (despite being marketed as extra-virgin) with an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste when used on its own as a dressing. I was anxious to try a better quality olive oil to see if the taste I was getting was just my taste buds and olive oil in general not liking each other. I was pleasantly surprised by the olive oil I got from s.a.l.t. sisters! It’s lighter in color than what I usually use, and definitely lighter in flavor! It’s actually pleasant! I tested the Mandarin Zest infused variety, which has a faint citrus taste that lingers on the palette.
Edited to add – I guess I don’t know a whole lot about olive oil…haha. Apparently extra virgin olive oil, which comes from the first pressing of olives, is supposed to be darker and more flavorful. Maybe I need to get some that isn’t from the first pressing.
Pssst – we’re giving away a bottle of the Mandarin Zest infused olive oil below!
S.a.l.t. sisters carries all kinds of great, all-natural products, many of which pair well with the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. Natural and flavored salts, teas, herbs, spice rubs – you name it, they carry it! All products are, “fresh, unrefined, non-GMO, [and] gluten free without any artificial fillers or MSG”. S.a.l.t. sisters does use some natural sugars such as cane sugar in some of its products, so Trim Healthy Mamas, be sure to check ingredients before you buy. (For the duration of this giveaway, use the code “saltsisters25” to get a hefty 25% off of your order before shipping!)
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For the duration of this giveaway, use the code “saltsisters25” to get a hefty 25% off of your order before shipping!
All products are, “fresh, unrefined, non-GMO, [and] gluten free without any artificial fillers or MSG”.
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- ½ cup + 2 T olive oil of choice (I used s.a.l.t. sisters' Mandarin Infused Olive Oil)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 T apple cider vinegar
- 2 T lemon juice
- 2 T cranberries (thawed if frozen)
- ½ tsp. oregano
- ½ tsp. dill
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ¼ tsp. garlic salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. dry mustard
- ¼ tsp. Watkin's Raspberry Extract
- 1/16 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1½ doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (a doonk is 1/32 tsp.)
- Blend all the ingredients together until completely smooth (I used our Ninja single-serve cup). Taste and adjust flavors and sweetness as you desire. Yields about 1 cup of vinaigrette.
- If the vinaigrette solidifies in the fridge, microwave it for a few seconds (not long at all) and shake to get it pourable again.
Some orange zest would probably be a great addition to this!
I recommend using a light-flavored olive oil in this dressing.
Feel free to add some mayonnaise for a creamier dressing, if desired.