Is it me, or do you also feel like summer is kicking into fast forward? People are preparing for back to school, and some are even back to school already. The produce is still as good as ever, so take advantage of the gorgeous summer fruits while still at their prime with a few salad dressings to update the menu planning.
I am not a fan of store-bought salad dressings – I don’t trust their ingredients, and quite frankly, their flavors underwhelm my palette. Home made dressings are just so much healthier, more delicious and ultra easy. They are well worth a little planning before heading to the store. Here are three easy salad dressings for fruit that will bring their flavors to life:
Above is a plum and peach salad made by Thermador’s Chef Kyle Jacobi recently for the Traditional Home Great Kitchens event. His Lemon Vinaigrette literally made the flavors dance on the palette, creating a flavor sensation that I had not ever experienced. Seriously delicious.
2 lemons, juiced
1 T Honey, may need more depending on the acidity of Lemon
3T Grapeseed Oil
Whisk all ingredients together, add to fruit salad just before serving.
Lemon Yogurt Dressing:
1 small container of Lemon Yogurt
1 rounded T of confectioners sugar
Lemon juice, enough to make fluid when all ingredients are whisked together
This one, you just kind of do to taste… it is light and delicious.
2 T freshly squeezed orange juice
2 T Curaco or other orange liqueur
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 T orange-blossom or mixed-flower honey
2 T toasted sesame seeds
1/2 c creme fraiche
In a mixing bowl combine the 1st 4 ingredients, stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the orange and lemon zests and the honey – and stir to blend. Then add the sesame seeds and creme fraiche & whisk until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Pour over fruit salad, toss to combine thoroughly, serve immediately.