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5 Easy Dressings to Spice Up Your Salads

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If you’ve never had homemade salad dressing, you (and your taste buds) are missing out. These dressings are quick and simple to make, and you’ll be amazed how much more flavorful they are than their store-bought counterparts. Plus, they’re typically better for you. But don’t take our word for it. Spice up your salads with these five easy dressings, and you’ll be a believer too.

Sunshine Salad Dressing – Cookie and Kate

This is a healthier version of a traditional honey-mustard dressing, and has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The “trick” is that it uses Greek yogurt as the creamy and tangy element, rather than mayonnaise. This dressing also doubles as a great dip for fresh veggies and a yummy marinade for chicken.

Balsamic Vinaigrette – Damn Delicious

In just 5 minutes, you can have this delicious dressing ready to go, and the most challenging part of the prep work is crushing the garlic. It can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks and is fantastic on a simple mixed green salad, spinach salad, and salads with a fruity focus like strawberry and feta or apple walnut. Also give it a try over grilled peaches. Soooo good!

Mango Lime Vinaigrette – Bites of Wellness

This summery dressing has an unexpected kick thanks to the addition of hot sauce and makes a refreshing change from the more common dressings we often use. It’s also compliant with the paleo and Whole30 diets, it and gives you the convenient option to use frozen mango if you don’t have fresh mango readily available.

Lemon-Anchovy Vinaigrette – Bon Appétit

If you’re a Caesar dressing fan, you’ll love this lighter, brighter version. It eliminates the egg and Dijon mustard, and intensifies the lemon and anchovy notes with the addition of some heat from red pepper flakes. It’s amazing how good four simple ingredients, plus salt and pepper, can taste.

Tasteful Tahini Salad Dressing – Allrecipes

Asia and the Mediterranean meet in this dressing with its nutty-tangy-sweet profile that has a punch of lemon, garlic, and fresh ginger. Although it doesn’t include any dairy, it has a creamy texture and is great on just about any salad. It’s also delish with chicken, cooked vegetables, noodles, and grains.

You’ll look at salads in a whole new way with these five tasty dressings. Visit our Olympus Las Colinas blog for more great lifestyle tips, and contact us if you have any questions about our wonderful Irving, TX, apartment community.

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