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Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Honey Lime Vinaigrette | nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free

This honey lime vinaigrette is the perfect combination of tart and sweet for your salad devouring pleasure. Whip up a batch today and enjoy it all week long. One of the more frustrating things to find when avoiding nightshades is finding pre-made salad dressings that don’t contain paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, or bell peppers. Throw in avoiding gluten and dairy, and it wipes out almost every single option out there. And for a girl who loves her salads, it becomes a bit of a let down. Instead, I have to make my own dressings and cross my fingers (and toes) that it will be better than throwing a little olive...

The Only Balsamic Vinaigrette You’ll Ever Need

I’m pretty sure this entire post falls into the category of #firstworldproblems and also #thisiswhatyourewritingabout, but here we are. The tale begins with a love affair for balsamic vinaigrette. I honestly can’t remember the first time I had it, but I’m sure it had everything to do with Caffe Giovanni (back when they were on Carson St. next to Mallorca). Their house dressing was so good, I used to straight up lick it off my plate. At home, we would swap out the white (or tarragon) vinegar for balsamic in our Good Seasons Italian dressing. It made eating salads fun, and something that I looked forward to night after night....

A salad bar…in your refrigerator!

A Salad Bar... in your fridge! | emilylevenson.com

A salad bar in the fridge is probably one of my most favorite healthy eating cheats there is. It may not be an earth-shattering concept, but I will say that it is hands down the easiest way to get salad in my face. It’s also the only way The Hubster will even consider having salad. Here’s why I love this concept so much: It’s a one and done kind of thing. You seriously only spend 15 minutes getting everything ready and then…when you want salad…it’s like BOOM. There’s salad on my plate. It allows for a fun mix-and-match game. You can load up your salad, or keep it simple. Either...

Nectarine Vinaigrette

Nectarine Vinaigrette

I’m going to apologize now for blathering on again about nectarines, because I’m totally going to blather on again about nectarines. You see, I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with food—recipes, cooking, and eating in general—lately. I’m not sure what it is about summer, but the idea of spending time in the kitchen to cook just doesn’t excite me. Instead, I opt for fresh fruit, salads, pasta, bread, and eating out whenever possible. And while all of those things make me happy in the short-term, I’ve been feeling a little lackluster in the long-term. The only thing that has even gotten me remotely excited about making things? Nectarines. Which is so...

Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette

Homemade Mandarin Orange Vinaigrette

I love it when recipes come together out of thin air, based on necessity and what ingredients I have on hand. This is one of those recipes. I inherited about six mandarin oranges from my pal Kate. She had purchased a crate for an event and had extras that she just wasn’t going to finish. Being the good friend (and business partner) that I am, I took a few home. The next day I was attending a potluck for Health Professionals that had been arranged through the Rock It! Community, and needed something healthy and delicious to bring. Turns out I didn’t actually think about what I was going to make,...