Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

by Susan on July 31, 2014

I’ve shared before that while both of my kids are pretty good about eating salad they inexplicably prefer to eat their veggies and greens sans dressing. I’m not complaining or anything, it’s just a quirk I find a bit odd.

I’ve tried them out on various homemade and healthier bottled dressings, though, and the girl is developing a taste for caesar (she actually likes it homemade, anchovies and all!). Both seem pretty good with honey mustard, especially since it can be used for a good chicken dipping sauce too.

I like this recipe because it’s super easy to adjust how tangy or sweet you like it. While you don’t need to include the lime juice I like the fresh zip it adds, especially when I’m using it for summer salads. I tend to keep my dressing on the less sweet side, but you can up the honey to suit your taste buds.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

3-4 tbs. raw honey
3. tbs Dijon mustard
2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime
salt, pepper & garlic powder, to taste

Combine all ingredients together in a covered jar or container. Shake until well combined and taste for seasoning.


Fruit Salad with Lime & Mint

by Susan on July 30, 2014

It doesn’t get much better or easier than a bowl of fresh fruit in the summer. Add a little lime and mint into the mix, though, and you elevate it to epic status. At least that’s the adjective my kids used to describe this one (and while we all might agree “epic” has become overused, I’ll certainly still accept the compliment).

You can use any fruit you want here; I had actually intended to include mango but mine was was too ripe and mushy. I do like to use at least one melon and berry for a nice contrast in texture and flavor.

Fruit Salad with Lime & Mint

2 cups organic strawberries, halved
3 cups diced cantaloupe or honeydew melon
1 organic pear, diced
juice of 1 small lime
1 tsp. lime zest
1 tbs. raw honey

3 tbs. finely chopped mint

Mix fruit in a bowl. In a separate small bowl whisk lime juice, zest, honey and mint. Drizzle over fruit and toss gently to coat.


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