3 salad dressings with less than 6 ingredients

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Salad2 Comments

salad dressings

My mom always made a lot of food from scratch. She made her own versions of Kraft Dinner, granola bars, and pizza. She always had bottles of pre-bought salad dressing lining the door of the fridge, though. I figured that meant salad dressing was impossible to make.  She knew how to make basically anything from scratch, after all. I’ve been out of my parents’ house for nearly a decade now but it wasn’t until recently that I figured out that it was, in fact, NOT impossible to make my own salad dressings! It’s actually pretty easy, and so much tastier too! … Read More

orange sesame salad dressing (with lentils)

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orange sesame dressing

The idea for this recipe came to me in the middle of the night.  Earlier that evening I had been brainstorming ideas for a unique lentil salad recipe. My conscious self didn’t have any ideas though, so after I fell asleep my subconscious took over and woke me up to say, “instead of putting lentils in the salad, put them in the dressing!” I had recently made an orange sesame dressing that was too liquidy so lentils were the perfect addition to thicken it up a bit! Top 5 reasons for eating lentils 1) Source of iron. Since iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, … Read More

vegan bacon bits

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vegan bacon bits

Crispy, salty, sweet, and smoky… just like real bacon bits! And about one million times better than those “simulated bacon bits.” I recently added lentils to a recipe, but my husband was disappointed when he took a bite because he had mistaken them for bacon bits. I love lentils and all, but bacon is in a class of its own. I could empathize with his disappointment. But then I thought “I bet I could make lentils taste like bacon.” So I dared myself to try. And I accepted the challenge. Introducing… My Bacon Bit Replacement! These little things are amazing! … Read More

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad Recipe

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creamy chipotle pasta salad

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad Recipe Tomorrow is Canada Day, the day that my fellow Canadians and I celebrate how awesome we are and how much the rest of the world loves us. Is that patriotism or narcissism?  I may have a badittude at the moment. It’s been pretty rainy and dreary lately in Manitoba, which is very unfair, considering we endure harsh winter extremes for seven months of the year.  We only get three months of actual summer, and this year we’re cooped up inside because the clouds have decided to dump all of the melting glaciers onto our heads instead of … Read More