Mustard-Sage Vinaigrette

I’ve never been a fan of store bought salad dressings. Most of them contain artificial sweeteners and MSG to make them taste better plus a lot of them are made up of of mostly water. But if you are a big ranch dressing or thousand island fan and just starting the paleo challenge, you may be freaking out a bit.

I have a couple favorite salad dressings but here’s the first:

Mustard-Sage Vinaigrette — makes about 1/2 cup:

What you’ll need:

  • blender (of course I used my hand blender =) )
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbl red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbl fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbl whole grain mustard
  • 6 leaves fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

One. Caramelize shallots and garlic in a pan and let cool (heat 1-2 tbl of olive oil on medium heat until they are translucent and start to turn brown. Don’t burn.) This adds a really nice sweetness to the dressing which replaces the honey/sugar you see in a lot of recipes.

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Two. Combine all ingredients for blending, adding the olive oil last.

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Three. Blend, then taste for seasoning. If you prefer sweeter dressings, use less lemon juice or try using fresh orange juice instead of lemon.

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Four. Enjoy! This dressing goes really well on salads and meats. Add sliced raw almonds for a delicious nutty twist.

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