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Honey poppy seed vinaigrette; Quick and easy homemade salad dressing

Eating more veggies is certainly a good start to eating healthy. Next, stock your fridge with homemade salad dressings to further encourage this new lifestyle change.

Homemade sadad dressings - made easy!
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About homemade dressings:

  • This heart healthy recipe can be used for marinades, dipping sauces, glazes, or tasty dressings.
  • Some sauces freeze beautifully for later use.
  • Eating more raw vegetables provide that ‘crunch’ we tend to crave; having a dip or dressing can provide the additional flavor or creamy consistency that we all love.

Health benefits:

  • To drizzle your favorite dressing over some fresh, organic mixed greens or chopped veggies can encourage the additional nutrients and vitamins you may be lacking in your current diet.
  • Pairing homemade salad dressings up with vegetables and salads is a way to increase the amount of greens we get into our diets.
  • Reducing sugar cravings for those battling high blood sugar and diabetes is always a concern due to the added (and hidden) sugars found in bottled dressings.

Ingredients:
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 T. red wine vinegar
1 -2 T. agave
1 T. poppy seeds
¼ t. sea salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl; whisk together until smooth.

Tips:
• Watch the video (included at the start of this article) for further nutritional information and tips on how to make an easy homemade salad dressings and dress it up with natural flavors.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.
• This dressing will keep for 7 – 10 days in the refrigerator. Best stored in a glass jar.
• Olive oil in dressings will harden slightly at cold temperatures, so either leave out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving or place the jar under warm running water.

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