About this Recipe
This Yogurt Maple Syrup salad dressing is a salad dressing that children will usually like because it is a sweeter dressing. If you are having a hard time getting your children to eat their salads this easy healthy salad dressing may just be the one that tips the scales. There are so many salad dressing recipes available and depending on personal taste, and what type of salad you are putting the dressing onto, you have such a variety of easy salad dressings available as your search the cookbooks or internet for ideas.
Once you start experimenting and making your own salad dressings, you will quickly find your family favorites. It is important to eat live vegetables and fruits, they are packed with life giving properties. If you are purchasing and consuming commercially made salad dressings, we suggest be a label reader. Choose brands that are not loaded with sodium and added sugars. Making your own salad dressing may seem like something that takes too much time, but if you make it in quantities where you are going to get at least a full cup or two of dressing, made in a blender, you will have enough dressing to last you a week at least.
1. When you buy herbs in bunches from the grocery store, give them a rinse under cold water, the put the bunch into a glass of cold water. You can keep that refrigerated and the herbs will last a long time.
2. Always choose a good natural plain yogurt for salad dressings so there is not added sugars or ingredients.
3. Use pure maple syrup. Choose a bottle that says real or pure maple syrup. Make sure it contains no artificial ingredients. We are aiming to get the healthy benefits from eating natural foods, so if you are going to consume maple syrup choose what is the best for you. Syrup is natural sugar to begin with, so limit the intake.
4. We mentioned this salad dressing is pretty sweet with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, you could easily cut it down to 1 tablespoon. Also if you are going to double the recipe, don't double the maple syrup.
5. When making a salad dressing choose a good oil for the base. We chose the grapeseed oil for its light flavor, you could use olive oil as well.
Makes 4 ounces, 2 servings worth
1/8 cup natural plain yogurt
2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, (or 1 Tablespoon, do to your taste)
1 Tablespoon pure apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Put all the ingredients into a a Magic bullet blender and turn on to combine.
2. Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
When it comes to salad dressing terms, in old traditional cooking, a Vinaigrette Dressing is made of oil and vinegar flavored with herbs while a French dressing is a plain mixture of oil and vinegar which is not to be confused with the consumer name of French dressing for the salad dressing that has tomato flavoring.
Garlic should always be used with caution as it can quickly overpower the salad greens and all the other flavors in a dressing. How often have you had a salad dressing or even a vegetable dip that all you can taste is the garlic! Garlic falls into the Pungent category of food tastes. There are five senses that we experience in tasting food. They are Pungent, sour, salty, bitter and sweet.
Fresh herbs are so much more flavorful than dried ones in salad dressing. Keep your own little fresh herb garden growing as long as you can. You can nice purchase mature planted herbs growing in 4-inch pots from the grocery store or your local garden center. These are great to have and keep growing as long as you can so you can harvest little bits off of them when making salad dressings.
When creating any food, and particularly a salad dressing you should be considering what taste bud cravings you are aiming to satisfy. A beautiful sweet dressing such as this one, would be completely destroyed with the overpowering adding of garlic. When creating your own salad dressing mixes, always start with the basic ratio of 3 oils to 1 vinegar portion. You can then experiment from there what other tasty herbs, spices, yogurts or other things you wish to incorporate into the dressing.
We eat so much salad in Grandmother's kitchen, and we know it is so much to do with the dressings we make. Each one of our family members has created their own 'signature' dressing that when we visit each other for a meal, the taste buds get excited in anticipation of a well loved flavor.