Balsamic Vinaigrette

Who doesn’t like a good Balsamic Vinaigrette? No one, that’s who.  This is the one I make often and keep in the refrigerator in a…….. you guessed it…mason jar!  This makes 2 cups which lasts us a week, maybe 2, and gets better as it sits.  Store bought dressings are loaded with sugar, preservatives, artificial colors, and toxic fats like canola oil. Making your own is easy, tastes better, and is better for you. Eat good food! 

Ingredients

½ cup of good quality balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons finely minced shallots

1 medium garlic clove finely minced

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon raw local honey (optional, see if you like it without honey since Balsamic vinegar is pretty sweet on its own)

1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 ¼ cup olive oil

Directions

Add all ingredients except for the olive oil to a 16oz wide mouth jar (that is the size I usually use and it is what is pictured above. Use a jar that holds at least 16oz but it can be bigger though).  Mix with a spoon or place lid on the jar and shake well to combine ingredients together.  Add the olive oil, the 1 ¼ cup will fill a 16oz jar nearly to the top, the sure to leave a tiny bit of space. Place lid on jar and shake to combine.  Pour over any salad you like!

Health Tip:  there are many studies that have proven that eating vegetables and fruits with a healthy fat like avocado, olive oil, and grass fed butter helps people absorb way more nutrients than if they had eaten them "fat free" style. Here is an article from Chris Kresser that goes into more detail about the benefits of eating healthy fats with your produce! Don't shy away from eating healthy fats like olive oil, grass fed ghee, coconut oil, avocado, red palm oil (humane certified, palm oil destroys rain forest habitats if it is not done responsibly), avocado oil and organic grass fed butter! Our bodies need healthy fats and thrive with them in reasonable amounts. Try eating your veggies with these healthy fats this week and see how much tastier and nutritious it is.