Friday, March 14, 2014

March Daring Cooks' Challenge - Salad Dressing

There are times when I'm cooking, or looking at food blogs, or looking for recipe ideas when I'll think "hey! That would make a great challenge!"

Well, this month, when we needed a challenge idea in a hurry, we got the chance to actually make one of those ideas happen!

For March’s Daring Cooks’ Challenge, Ruth, Shelley and Sawsan asked us to totally veg out! We made salads and dressings, letting the sky be the limit as we created new flavors and combinations that reflect our own unique tastes.

Yup, Ruth, Sawsan and I had the chance to challenge the Daring Cooks to get creative and create their own salad dressings to dress up any kind of salad they chose. 

And let me tell you - it was fun. And delicious. And creative. And made me want lots and lots of salad over the course of the month!

For my dressing (I mean, aside from the challenge), I went with a taste of summer, in hopes that it'll make this crazy, cold, snowy winter finally leave. 


Let me tell you - dressings are actually really easy to make. This is a fresh berry vinaigrette style dressing and it was super fast and super simple. Some berries, some spices (salt and pepper are plenty!), some balsamic vinegar and a blender.

Add a bit of olive oil to bring it all together...

...and you're ready!

Seriously, that's it. And it's so much better than what you can buy in the supermarket.

Little man liked it so much, henot only dipped his lettuce in it (yes, he dips rather than drizzles. Whatever works!), he also dipped his turkey in it. And his bread. And his fingers.  That's good praise from a three year old!

Ruth and Sawsan, you guys are miracle workers - thank you so much for helping pull this off so deliciously and for helping us have so much delicious fun this month!!

If you want to see the super fun, creative and delicious dressings created in the Kitchen this month, check them out here.

Fresh Strawberry Dressing
(from Delish)

1 cup strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil (I used extra virgin olive oil, but you can use any - play around with flavors!)

Place strawberries, vinegar, pepper, sugar and salt in a blender or food processor; process until pureed, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Add oil and process until smooth.


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