Homemade Orange Balsamic Salad Dressing No Added Sugar
adds a pinch of healthy to farm fresh salads you will enjoy guilt free any time of the year.
When using fresh fruits along with your salad greens you have the makings of a healthy salad with lots of crunch and texture. A great way to eat lighter and healthier and be fully satisfied is to make your own homemade orange balsamic salad dressing no sugar added. It’s sweetness is from the fresh oranges, this is the best way to enjoy sweets for dinner.
We all think about staying healthy and wonder what can we do to get there. This may be a thought many of us have but sometimes we ignore. “It’s not convenient because we’re too busy,” . . . you get the picture.
Life is always hectic and it doesn’t matter geographically where you live – this hectic movement is everywhere. I’m here to help if I can with my yeeeaarrrrs of experience. Yes, I admit everything we do takes lots of time out of our day, that’s a fact. However by planning ahead and changing some of our old habits it can make a big difference – AND it’s actually easier than you think!
This simple green salad was made with whatever fresh fruits were already in my fridge. The fresh strawberries were large and sweet, then I sliced an apple into matchsticks and added walnuts. I didn’t have spinach today so I used a mixed salad blend to the fresh fruits and walnuts. The fruit’s natural sweetness is one way to eliminate sugar yet still satisfy the palate.
Making a salad is as easy as using whatever fruits you have in your fridge and add it to a bowl of salad greens, it’s just that simple. The salad dressing I made was just as easy. I used balsamic vinegar since my family enjoys that, however you can use apple cider vinegar.
When making your own salad dressings there is a basic ratio of 60% oil, 30% acid, and 10% other flavors. This is a guide to help with balancing the flavors of the ingredients. My preference is using less vinegar since the acidity from the fresh squeezed orange juice will help to balance the flavors. Then add in herbs, chopped onions or garlic depending on the salad ingredients, and season with salt and pepper. The salad dressing is where all the flavor is – that’s what makes a salad memorable.
If you do not make your own dressings keep in mind that bottled salad dressing has added sugar in it. So don’t shy away from mixing a little oil, fresh fruit juice and your favorite herbs and seasoning for your own homemade well dressed and healthy salad.
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 naval oranges, juiced
- ⅛ cup avocado oil (or use your preferred light oil)
- 1 tbls. sliced shallot (add amount to preferred taste)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and taste for additional seasoning if needed.
- Pour over the salad and gently toss to coat all the ingredients.
The reality is this is a food blog with many sweet recipes. Desserts are my favorite recipes to make and of course they are sweet. However I try as often as possible to use an alternative sugar substitute to help reduce the amount of refined sugar in our diets.
That gives us more wiggle room to enjoy the sweets. There are many ways to ‘skin a cat’ as they say so don’t fret, just . . . Eat, Drink, and Be Merry always in moderation.
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