More salad dressings!! Today, I will be sharing a delightful peanut dressing that M found and made for me one day, and also a Greek dressing that’s good with a hearty salad of greens, beans, olives, tomatoes, etc.
Thai Peanut Dressing
M has been going out of town a bit more often recently, which makes me sad. He knows that I don’t really eat much when I’m on my own (whom do I cook for? I know, I need to get over this.), so he makes me a bunch of salad dressings to have on hand so I’ll at least have a quick and easy dinner or some sort. (If I didn’t mention, he’s the dressing man when we cook.) This is one of my favorites – he’s honed it to spicy perfection!! And when I’m home alone, it reminds me of him.
- 6 T fresh lime juice
- 2 T grapeseed oil
- 1/4 C tamari
- 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced fine
- 1 1/4 T peanut butter
- 1 T crushed red pepper flakes (or less, if you don’t like spicy)
- pinch of salt and pepper
Throw all of these into a mason jar or salad dressing jar and shake vigorously to incorporate. I like this simply on lettuce or raw kale with some halved grape tomatoes. Maybe some avocado, if I’m feeling indulgent – OR you can rub a slice of avocado on the greens (with a smidge of lime juice) before dressing, that way getting avocado everywhere (thanks to Maria from Slow Motion Miracle for that tip!). Goes great with the Thai Tom Yum soup!
Greek Salad Dressing
This is a great basic, vinegary dressing. As is my usual, I like a dressing that’s heavy on vinegar, light on oil – but if it’s too tart for you, add more oil, or dilute with some water or veggie broth.
- 1/3 C red wine vinegar
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 t dried oregano or 1T fresh chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced fine
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 t salt (to taste)
Whisk all the ingredients together. You can add other herbs, like marjoram, thyme, maybe even a smidge of dill, to change up the flavors a bit.
I like this with a hearty salad of greens, chopped black and green olives, cannelini beans, thinly sliced roasted red peppers (piquillos are delicious), grated carrot, halved cherry tomatoes, and pepperoncinis. A filling meal!
M also left me a jar of his balsamic from my earlier dressing post, which is always a winner. Plus, we made some of my delicious tortilla soup, to make sure I have lots of food, with no excuses not to eat. Speaking of which – it’s lunch time! Gonna go get me some grub.