Best Dressed. You had me at Bacon.

To continue my best dressed series! 

This recipe was posted in the Oct. issue of Floridian View Magazine by yours truly. 

Warm Bacon Dressing:

  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic chopped
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 green onions, finely sliced

Heat sauté pan over high heat. Add bacon and cook until almost crisp. Remove bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.  Dispose of all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add red onions and garlic and cook until soft. Remove pan from heat, add vinegar, olive oil, sugar and reserved bacon. Garnish with the green onion and serve warm!

 this is dressing delish simply spread on a good piece of bread! But try it on any kind of salad and you will be in heaven. 

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Best Dressed. Get your garlic on!

Best dressed dressings! Read the Asian Style for my take on why you should always make your own!

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette: 

Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil, with a little olive oil salt and pepper (not too much!) and place  on a baking sheet. Place in the oven at 350 degrees -Roast it for 30-40 min or until soft and golden brown. Remove the foil and let it cool.

  • 5 cloves of Roasted Garlic
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • Pinch Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 fresh lemons Juiced
  • 1 cup Good quality olive oil

Place all ingredients in a small mixer or blender and allow garlic to incorporate into dressing until all ingredients are blended or emulsified.

Tip: great for steak salads, normal everyday salads, or just top off some endive and eat up! 

 

Best Dressed. Asian Style.

Let’s talk about how you treat your salad, fruit and meats they deserve to be the best dressed! Step 1: Walk over to your fridge and throw away that bottle of ranch, ya you know the one.. how about that bottle of Italian too? Don’t try to hide it! We need to be aware of what we are putting in our body. If you look at the back of the bottle of ranch, half of the ingredients can’t even be pronounced. Step 2: Check out my best dressed dressings. (more to come!) Homemade dressings with ingredients you can pronounce, Fresh ingredients, no preservatives and 100% amazing. Homemade dressings might cost pennies more per tablespoon but those extra pennies could add years to your life. Keep in mind that the shelf life of a homemade dressing is approx. 2-3 weeks, much shorter time than a store bought brand, but I am willing to bet you will eat more salad with these flavor packed concoctions, and your body will love the fewer calories and much less fat. Go on, give these dressings a try. Your salad will thank you.

Emulsify

Definition: Emulsify means combining two liquids together which normally don’t mix easily. The ingredients are usually oil or a fat like olive oil or egg yolks, and another liquid like water or broth. Acidic liquids like lemon juice help the process by changing the pH of the mixture. (Source: About.com)

Asian Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted in a dry pan until golden
  • 1/4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1tsp grated fresh ginger

—–>  Love spicy? add a tsp of chili garlic paste! Toss with spinach, avocado, tomato and chicken salad or use to marinade a steak!