Ginger Vinaigrette

1/2 cup fresh minced ginger root
1/3 cup minced onion
1/4 cup peanut oil
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients very well and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite greens.

FYI; Ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Basil-Oregano Vinaigrette


1 garlic clove
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh oregano
1 teaspoon of herbes de provence
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients in a grinder. Pour into a dressing cup and reserve in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes. Mix it before serving.

GREAT SUMMER VINAIGRETTES

Summer in Capri. What a wonderful experience.
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CITRUS VINAIGRETTE

5 lemons or limes
2 teaspoon lemon or lime zest
1 orange
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon rosemary or thyme
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons salt

In a blender mix the juice of lemons, oranges and olive oil. Add rest of ingredients and refrigerate for at 15 minutes minimum. Serve over salad
Serves 4-6

1 limones
Positano lemons

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WARM BACON VINAIGRETTE

5 slices of bacon
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste

In a pan cook bacon until crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon and crumble. In the bacon fat cook garlic and oregano. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring until begin to turn gold. Remove from pan and add rest of ingredients and bacon pieces. Serve over salad
Serves 4-6

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POPPY SEED DRESSING

2 cups sunflower oil
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried mustard
1 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup grated white onion
3 tablespoon poppy seeds
salt to taste

In a blender mix all ingredients until thick. Refrigerate for 15 minutes minimum. Serve over salad
Serves 4-6

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PEANUT VINAIGRETTE

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon peanut butter (room temperature)
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoon dry sherry
2 teaspoons fresh ginger
4 tablespoon chopped cilantro

In a bowl mix all ingredients very well. Keep at room temperature. Serve over salad
Serves 4-6

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

pomegranate
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
pinch of nutmeg and salt
*Garnish salad with pomegranate seeds

Mix all ingredients and serve or refrigerate

FYI: There is no doubt that the pomegranate fruit is a super food due to is large amount of beneficial ingredients. High in vitamin C, the pomegranate contains other vitamins such as vitamin B5, vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition it is chock full of minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron which add to its many health benefits. The seeds within the pomegranate are also a great source of fiber. With three times as many antioxidant properties as some other antioxidant rich foods, the pomegranate has many polyphenols such as tannins, flavonoids, anthocyanins, catechins, and ellagic acid. These phytochemicals enhance the pomegranate fruits ability to minimize the effects of aging, tissue damage and disease. This softball shaped fruit packs a punch with its low calories and high nutritional value.

Blueberry Vinaigrette

blueberry
1/4 cup pomegranate vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh blueberries and handful for topping
 
In an mixing bowl add balsamic and olive oil. Smash blueberries and mix well into dressing. Refrigerate and serve. Garnish salad with blueberries
 
 
 
FYI; Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. The color of blueberries, from deep blue to purple, is caused by a group of flavonoids called anthocyanins, which have remarkable antioxidant power.
Laboratory tests suggest that anthocyanins may help to prevent degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and memory loss.
Blueberry anthocyanins may protect humans and animals from the effects of a condition known as oxidative stress, which underlies the common disorders associated with aging. Oxidative stress increases with high fat meals and with exposure to environmental toxins.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

strawberry

1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon mint or basil or 1 tablespoon if fresh
salt and fresh black pepper

Blend all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Toss with your favorite salad or on top of any meat

FYI; Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits to include in your diet. Strawberries are full of antioxidants and other essential nutrients that can flavorfully help you reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, inflammatory diseases, and birth defects as well as mouthwateringly manage your weight. Here are the bountiful health benefits of strawberries.

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese

spinach
1 bag of fresh spinach
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup crumble goat cheese
2 tablespoon crumble bacon optional

For dressing;
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
pinch of nutmeg and salt

*Traveling has made me be aware of how international this recipe is, and that’s why I created my version.

FYI;Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein.