I have a confession. I’ve been eating terribly since Memorial Day. We spent the weekend bouncing between a local festival, a Memorial Day parade, and grilling out at home with delicious desserts. Once I start with the sugar in full force, it’s incredibly difficult to reel it back in. Lucky for me, our CSA started on Thursday which means we’ve been enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables for the last several days. Once I’m on a healthy eating kick again, my sweet tooth will begin to simmer down to a more manageable level. But what do I do when I’m in the in-between stage of gorging myself on sweets and eliminating sugar from my diet? I choose healthy sugars and sweets — things like fresh fruits and non-refined sugars.
Rarely do I have a taste for salt when I’m on a sugar binge and this never became more apparent than when I went to make a salad for lunch over the weekend. I was so excited to nosh on all the bright vegetables from our CSA but when it came time to choose a dressing, I was sorely disappointed. All we had available in the refrigerator were salt-based dressings while what I was craving was — you guessed it — sweet. So I did what any sane person would do in the situation and I made my own sweet dressing. I grabbed some orange juice, honey, and a couple herbs and spices, and whisked the mixture together. The result? An easy, healthy and sweet, salad dressing.
Easy and Refreshing Citrus Ginger Salad Splash
- 1/2 C fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp dried cilantro (or basil if you’re cilantro-averse)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Pour orange juice and olive oil in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Add honey and whisk. Finally, sprinkle in cilantro and ginger. Whisk well until all ingredients are uniformly mixed. Dress your salad and enjoy!
Not only did this dressing hit the spot, it’s healthier and lighter than any salad splash you’d find in a store. After I made it and started eating my salad, my husband and son both tried it on their salads, too. It was a hit all around!
Try this citrus ginger salad splash on fresh vegetables from your garden or your CSA, or dress up your favorite fruits with it, too! It’s versatile and delicious.
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Did you try it? What do you think of the salad splash?
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