Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

When it comes to dressings, I like to be thoroughly assaulted by flavor.  Not quite a Lohan-esque sucker punch to the taste buds, but pretty darn close.  In order for me to deem a dressing appropriate, it needs to be a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and enhance any and all veggies I pair it with without overpowering their natural deliciousness.  It’s not asking too much.

My past arsenal includes a creamy curry dressing worthy of slathering on everything from salads to rice bowls, a greek vinaigrette that is utterly magical over bell peppers and chickpeas, and a refreshing yet fiery sriracha ranch that takes fish tacos to the next level and then some!  I’m also a huge fan of berry-infused balsalmics and good old oil and vinegar.  Ooh!  I also drizzle yellow mustard on veggie burger salads and pour straight up hot sauce on buffalo shrimp salads.  I wasn’t joking about the assault thing.  Bland is a four letter word to me… aka Blah.
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
2 TBSP of your favorite healthy oil [avocado, coconut, grapeseed + olive work great!]
2 TBSP dijon mustard
2 TBSP white vinegar
1-2 TBSP chopped yellow or vidalia onion
1 TBSP honey [plus extra, to taste]
1/2 tsp of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried minced onion or onion powder
1/4 tsp salt [plus any extra, to taste]
Whisk all of the above ingredients together, dip a spinach leaf to taste, then adjust the acidity-to-honey ratio to suit your palette.  You can even go crazy and add a little extra garlic – listen to your taste buds, they’re brilliant.
Spinach Cranberry Feta Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Pair it with a leafy green salad of crisp baby spinach, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and crumbled feta.
Oh.  So.  Easy.

Comments

  1. says

    Yes please on the dressing flavor assault, this coming from a person who enjoys sweating when they eat (bring on the spice!) This dressing looks amaze-a-balls!

  2. says

    I was actually thinking of making a big salad for Christmas with fruit and this dressing would go perfect with what I had in mind. I’m printing now!

  3. says

    I love honey dijon vinaigrette but I normally buy it from the store rather than make it myself. Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely have to give it a try! :) xx

  4. says

    This looks fantastic! I don’t usually like mustard too much, but I’d try this in a heartbeat (and probably pour buckets of it onto my salad – it looks *that* good). :)

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