As much as I love vegetables, I don’t eat a lot of salads. That really surprises quite a few people. It seems that people think that healthy eating means that I eat salads all the time. That really couldn’t be further from the truth.
One of the reasons that I don’t eat a lot of salad is because once it’s loaded with some of the standard ingredients like cheese, croutons and dressing, any of the nutrition from the veggies is minimized. With all of these extra ingredients, it’s no longer even a low calorie option.
I’ve found that making my own dressing is a healthier – and tastier – option. I love knowing what is in my food so making my own dressing is perfect for me. While the bacon drippings make this a little unhealthier, it really adds to the flavor. But since Mr. Real Food loves bacon, it’s a nice treat every now and then.
This dressing couldn’t be simpler to make either. I cooked some bacon to add to the spinach salad we were having for lunch (recipe coming soon!) and added a couple of pieces for the dressing. And of course, the bacon drippings left from cooking the bacon get used in the dressing. The honey adds a little sweetness that perfectly balances the savory of the bacon.
- Bacon drippings with browned bits (about 3 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
- If desired, you can also stir in bacon crumbles.
- Pour over salad and enjoy.
What is your favorite type of salad dressing? Do you enjoy warm dressings?