No, no, I didn’t forget about my attempt to get a weekly Meatless Monday post out; I’m just a little bit slow in getting it up today, enjoying a lazy morning after digging my car out from the snowstorm that hit us all yesterday (okay, well, my boyfriend sneaked out at night to dig most of it out to surprise me, but there was still a little bit more work to do; he’s such an awesome guy!). Not only that, but with the trip to Michigan last week and my work schedule in general, I haven’t had any time in the kitchen lately…or even in the grocery store to shop! There’s a few recipes under my belt I want to tweak a little bit to perfect before posting them, but I didn’t want to skip two Mondays in a row.
So I figured: what’s more Meatless Monday than a salad? My boyfriend, great as he is, always rolls his eyes at my love of salads, heaping up a bowl or plate with lettuce and an array of veggies: carrots, celery, mushrooms, and cucumbers being my favorite. A little salt, pepper, maybe some garlic powder and red pepper flakes, and, of course, Bac’n Bits (yep, they’re vegan, people).
Anyone can put together a salad, though, and it’s hardly a thing that requires a recipe. What can take a salad from good to awesome, though, is a dressing. I’m a huge fan of balsamic and raspberry vinegarettes, but my all-time favorite dressing is one I make myself. And it’s great for more than just salads, too. I also use it to give a spicy mustard flavor to stir-fry. Even better than that? It’s super easy to make. Have a look:
Four powerhouse ingredients to make one handy little sauce.
(this is for a small, one serving portion; to make more, just increase amounts equally)
-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
-2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
-2 teaspoon agave nectar
-2 1/2 teaspoon brown spicy mustard
1. Combine all ingredients in small container Mix together. Chill before pouring over salad for best results.
Yup. That’s it. It’s super delicious, and so easy I can whip up a batch as I build my lunch before I head to work, or just keep in the fridge for future use.