Golden and sweet, honey is a versatile ingredient in the kitchen that offers lots of uses and benefits. Rich in B6, thiamin and antioxidants, honey is a great item to keep in your pantry.
To take advantage of its health benefits, make sure to purchase pure and raw honey instead of syrup-laden varieties. Real honey is a good sweetener for your salad dressing, and would amp up the health value of your greens and fresh produce.
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing (Peas and Crayons)
Foodies who love sriracha will surely adore this Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons. The acid used in the recipe is basically vinegar and lime juice, though lemon juice can be substituted for the latter. The spiciness of sriracha blends very well with the sweetness of honey and the pungency of garlic, making the dressing a great flavor kick for Asian salads.
"If using lemons instead of lime, one extra large lemon should yield enough juice. When using limes, count on having two handy just in case, since they're usually smaller and yield less juice."
- 3 TBSP fresh lime juice [lemon works too!]
- 4-5 TBSP white vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 TBSP honey
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 1 large clove garlic, pressed/smashed + minced
- 1 tsp Sriracha chili sauce, plus extra to taste
- ¼ tsp salt
Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing (Five Heart Home)
If you're looking for a light salad dressing that is mildly creamy, you might want to try this Lightened-Up Honey Mustard Dressing from Five Heart Home. The flavors of the dressing comes from the mingling tastes of yogurt, mustard, apple cider vinegar, garlic and olive oil. The sweetness of honey binds all the flavors together in a wholesome and delicious dressing.
"This creamy Honey Mustard Dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, lightened up with Greek yogurt…and not only is it delicious drizzled over a salad, but it also makes a yummy dipping sauce!"
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Lemon Honey Salad Dressing (Marla Meridith)
Marla Meridith has a recipe called Lemon Honey Salad Dressing which is great to try if you're looking for a minimalist dressing (and if you haven't done your grocery shopping yet). With only three basic ingredients plus seasoning, this is a quick and healthy dressing to make on a weeknight. Just as long as you have lemon, honey and EVOO, you're good to go.
"I love salad dressings that have the perfect balance of flavors. Here sweet & savory combine. Citrus & honey are meant to be married."
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 3 tablespoons Honey
- Sea Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
When making salad dressing, season the vinegar or citrus juice first before adding in the oil. Adding oil right away will prevent the acid from absorbing salt, resulting in specks of salt on your salad.
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