shake it up

southwest chopped chicken salad

Summer is finally here! It is so easy to eat healthier this time of year, with the abundance of fresh produce and the hot weather making lighter meals more appealing. And of course a great way to get all those veggies into a meal is via a salad. The thing is, a healthy salad is easily derailed by a not so healthy store-bought processed dressing.

Sure, you can get a “low fat” version, but did you know that those usually contain super high amounts of sugar or corn syrup? My solution is to make my own salad dressings at home. This way, you know exactly what’s in the dressing. This salad dressing is sweet and spicy and has a lovely tangy bite from the lime juice and apple cider vinegar. But feel free to tweak the flavors to better suit your tastes.

chipotle vinaigrette

chipotle vinaigrette
printer-friendly recipe
adapted from Smells Like Home
makes about 1 cup of dressing

1/2 cup apple cider or red wine vinegar
1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 1/4 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Put all of the salad dressing ingredients in a mason (or other) jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until emulsified. Refrigerate for up to a week.

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