When I worked in fitness (I used to be an aerobics instructor and personal trainer), January was always the busiest month at the health club. Seems like 80% of the local population made getting in shape their number one New Year’s resolution. And so here it is January, and I joined a fitness challenge that my daughter coordinated … she’s a “Beach Body” coach. Part of the challenge is to “eat clean” … meaning you eat foods close to their original state. In other words, you avoid processed foods like the plague! I love salads so this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for me.
Even though I love fresh salads, I’m not a big fan of bottled salad dressings from the store. My grandmother Mimi made an awesome salad dressing that I still make today.
Mimi’s Salad Dressing is so easy to make. It’s basically oil, vinegar, and a little bit of sugar. So why is it so-called famous? Because any time our family gets together and someone is asked to bring a salad … someone always says, “Make Mimi’s Salad Dressing!”
You can use cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar. I usually choose balsamic to give it a bit more tang. And by the way, oil is a good thing to use in salad dressing as long as you choose one of the healthier options like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, or Walnut Oil. Fats help absorb all the vitamins and minerals in a salad, so you don’t want to use fat-free salad dressings.
And now onto the recipe for Mimi’s Famous Salad Dressing!
Mimi’s Famous Salad Dressing
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup Cider or Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pour all ingredients into a small Ball mason jar. Put the lid on tight and shake vigorously until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Drizzle onto salad of your choice. Store at room temperature.
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