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Balsamic vinaigrette; Quick and easy homemade salad dressing recipes

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Learning how to cook healthy does not mean reinventing the wheel.

If you are concerned about giving up flavor, one great place to start is learning to make homemade salad dressings and sauces!

About homemade cooking:
Increasing the amount of greens in our diet can be as simple as learning to pair homemade salad dressings up with our vegetables and salads.

This heart healthy recipe can be used as a marinade, dipping sauce, or glaze as well as a tasty dressing.

Health benefits:
I love sauces! Unfortunately, so many bottled dressings and sauces are mostly comprised of sugar or artificial, unhealthy sweeteners. Homemade foods ensure a way to eliminate (or moderate) sugar intake with 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.

4 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. maple syrup*
2 t. Dijon mustard
1 t. tamari

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


  • Agave may be substituted to lower the glycemic count.
  • Watch the video for further information and tips on making healthy, homemade salad dressings.
  • Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
Boise Co-Op
Whole Foods Market
Brown Box Organics
The Organic Store Locator

From my home to yours, another favorite recipe - enjoyed with nutrition in mind.



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