I’m a salad junkie. Whenever I can, I’m eating some sort of leafy green goodness. And, even though I’m almost always perpetually on a diet, that’s not why I enjoy them. I just love eating fresh, crisp and juicy vegetables. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with veggies. I was never one of those kids whose parents had to “force” them to eat their broccoli or their salads. In fact, I was almost always finishing my brothers because they wouldn’t touch them.
I know, I was a weird kid. But I like to think my obsession with veggies at such an early age has helped maintaining a healthy lifestyle as an adult a little easier. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the occasional hamburger, plate of fries or big slice of chocolate cake. But when it comes down to it and there’s an option for a a salad, that’s almost always my first choice.
That’s why I was pretty excited when asked me to create a fresh, unique salad dressing with their line of red vinegars for their “#DressingItUp” campaign.
I do love creamy dressings, but my all time favorite is simple: A squirt of high quality olive oil and a drizzle of vinegar. Balsamic used to be my go-to, but now I can’t get enough of Pompeian’s red vinegar. I’m not just saying that either, I could literally drink it.
For my fresh new dressing, I used stuff I found right in my pantry and fridge. A can of capers (don’t ask me why I had them), a juicy, fresh lemon, Pompeian extra virgin olive oil and red vinegar, honey and a dash of dried basil. This dressing couldn’t be simpler, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s boring. This vinaigrette packs a mean punch of delicious flavors, and instantly boosts any of your salads.
Trust me, you’ll love it.
Serves about 4. Recipe adapted from My Recipes.
Prep time: >5 minutes
1/4 cup Pompeian red vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons Pompeian extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon real clove honey
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Dash of pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne chili pepper
Sprinkle of dried basil
In a medium size bowl, whisk the red vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and honey together until fully combined. Then carefully whisk in the capers, garlic salt, pepper, chili pepper and dried basil. Stir to combine.
Pour over your favorite salads or save for later in a tight jar!