Dear Bad Yogis, I have a confession. I love ranch dressing. I really don’t like salad with any other dressing! It’s a problem, I know. I blame my mother for ever introducing me in the first place. Just kidding, it’s given me years of delicious salad love. Thanks Mom!

I recently embarked on a healthy lifestyle journey, like I know many of you have. I’m trying to eat as clean as possible, making as much as I can on my own, using fresh produce the earth gave me. I know some of you can relate and have come up with fantastic recipes of your own! That means the ranch had to go. Fortunately, I recently came across a strawberry salad dressing recipe that has renewed my love of healthy salads and clean eating.

Bad Yogis, I have a second confession. I’m obsessed with cheese. I found this salad that has spinach, strawberries, almonds, and GOAT CHEESE. Yes. This is the salad for me! To top it off, I use my homemade strawberry salad dressing. Buh-bye, ranch!

Summer Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

  • Spinach
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Crumbled goat cheese

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Look how BEAUTIFUL this looks! Only 4 ingredients!

 

And if you’re feeling a little on the adventurous side, give the dressing a whirl!

Strawberry Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons (40 ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound (454 g) fresh strawberries, stemmed
  • Chia seeds or flax (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients together and blend until smooth. Really difficult, I know.

But naturally, I have an issue following directions so I made some adjustments of my own:

  • Instead of fresh herbs I used dried Italian seasoning and it was okay
  • One middle-sized mason jar (pint?) lasts about 4 or 5 salads
  • Molds quickly after thawed, about a week
  • I used a whole lemon since I don’t know what 2 tablespoons is

Hope this inspires you as well! Since it’s officially strawberry season, I’m excited to make my summer salad for the next few months! I froze the extras in mason jars as it makes a large batch.

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What are your favorite salad dressings? Have you been brave enough to try making your own? Share with me your favorites!

Find other Bad Yogi Chef recipes here!

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