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Orange Ginger Salad Dressing

This all-purpose bright salad dressing is a perfect balance between fat, acid and sweetness. I use this on both fresh veggie salads and roasted sheet-pan veggies. Very easy to make, all you need is a jar and a way to mince ginger.

Dressing poured over salad.

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I typically play around with new vinaigrettes when I feel like I need a healthy re-set in the kitchen. This ALWAYS happens after the holidays, for some reason.

I like vinaigrettes because of how easy they are to make. You are only limited by your imagination. I think it’s important to balance between fat, acid, salt and flavor.

How to Make This Dressing

Ingredients for salad dressing.
Gather your ingredients: olive oil, ginger, orange juice, mayo, sugar, salt, sesame oil.
Ginger on a grater.
Freshly grate your ginger or use pre-minced ginger in a jar. You can find this sometimes in the produce aisle or Asian section of most supermarkets. You can also find this in Asian markets.
Dressing in a mason jar.
Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until well mixed.
A jar of dressing.
Store in the fridge up to one week.
Salad in a white bowl.

SALAD RECIPE BASICS

I like a variety of salad ingredients. These all work for me. When I am building a salad, I pay attention to color, crunch, flavor, protein and the leftovers in my fridge or crisper drawer. This Moroccan Salad is a great example of these salad characteristics. Salads are a great way to save leftover food items, especially veggies, pasta and grains.

Most of the flavor comes from the salad dressing and garnishes.

Below are some helpful categories to give you ideas on how to build your ideal salad. This is a very flexible system so keep an open mind and appetite.

Greens

  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • arugula
  • lettuce
  • sprouts
  • kale
  • beet greens
  • swiss chard
  • dandelion greens
  • mustard greens
  • endive
  • mint
  • cilantro
  • parsley

Protein

  • hard-boiled eggs
  • fried eggs sliced thin
  • edamame
  • beans
  • chickpeas
  • sesame seeds
  • nuts
  • feta cheese
  • cotija cheese
  • blue cheese
  • parmesan
  • canned fish
  • shrimp
  • fried tofu

Color

  • citrus fruits
  • carrots
  • pomegranate
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • rasberries
  • red onion
  • purple cabbage
  • beets
  • peppers
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • mango
  • roasted corn
  • sweet potato
  • tomatoes

Misc

  • noodles
  • rice
  • quinoa
  • couscous
  • pasta
  • avocado
  • scallions
  • crunchy chow mein noodles
  • cucumber
  • artichokes
  • everything bagel seasoning blend
  • chili flakes
  • black pepper
  • crispy fried onions or shallots
  • croutons
  • pepitas
Salad tossed in a white bowl.

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Dressing in a mason jar.

Orange Ginger Salad Dressing

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This all-purpose bright salad dressing is a perfect balance between fat, acid and sweetness. I use this on both fresh veggie salads and roasted sheet-pan veggies. Very easy to make, all you need is a jar and a way to mince ginger.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs freshly grated ginger (may substitute 1/2 tsp ground ginger)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar and place lid on tightly. Shake until well mixed.

Notes

You may substitute plain yogurt for the mayonnaise.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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