Dressings and Marinades

Not just for salads, dressings are a great way to “flavor-up” vegetables, rice, and potato dishes. Try your favorites on the side with fish, chicken, or pork. Explore a new marinade to spice up and tenderize steaks, shrimp, and poultry. Here are a few ideas to get you started. To check out the full recipes, just click on the pictures below.

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Lemon Vinaigrette – This light and fresh dressing is the perfect topping for any salad. I’ve also used lemon vinaigrette as a marinade for chicken and fish, and occasionally been known to trickle a light coating over fresh or broiled veggies . . .

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Creamy Ranch Dressing is one of the most requested and versatile dressings. This paleo-friendly, gluten-free recipe is perfect for salads, cole slaw, and as a dip for fresh veggies. Thick and creamy with a smooth consistency, it’s the perfect “stand alone” choice. Or simply add a few spices and herbs for a new twist on this dressing favorite.

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Italian Herb Marinade – I became a fan of marinades after having dinner at a friend’s home. She served baked chicken breasts, and the meat was so tender and delicious, I had to know her secret. After a little experimenting in the kitchen, this recipe for Italian Herb Marinade was born. Try it “as is” or substitute some of your favorite spices for an added flavor-punch to any meal.

Honey Mustard Dressing – My husband’s go-to dressing is Honey Mustard. Sometimes it’s the only one he’ll choose for his salad, though occasionally he’ll mix two or three toppings for an eclectic blend. When he started using it OTS (“on the side”) as a dipping sauce for meat and veggies, I knew I had to fine-tune the recipe. I like to keep my man happy . . .