Southern Salads

It is salad time around here. Love something that tastes great, is fresh, healthy and you don’t have to turn on the oven!

southern salad

Now is the time to enj0y all those garden veggies and some great lettuce. But, of course, and good salad has to have the perfect dressing, right? I love to make vinaigrette.  There are endless possibilities.

So, here are some of my favorites:

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

apple cider vinaigrette

1 1/2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Chopped Parsley
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil


1. Whisk the mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar and chopped parsley together in a bowl.

2. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until thickened.

3. Adjust the seasonings to taste.

4. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

5. Bring apple cider vinaigrette to room temperature before using.

This would be great with some blue cheese and apples with walnuts. It’s beginning to sound like Fall (even though it is still really hot!).

Herb Parmesan Vinaigrette

garden herbs

1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup low-fat Plain Yogurt
1 teaspoon Dried Herbs such as Oregano, Basil, Thyme or a blend
1 tablespoon. Dijon Mustard
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in blender until creamy and smooth.

2. Pour into bowl, cover and store in the refrigerator.

3. Makes about 2 cups of herb parmesan vinaigrette.

Mmmmmm, sounds like it would go great on a salad with grilled meat!

Strawberry Chardonnay Vinaigrette

strawberry vinaigrette

1 Cup Strawberries, hulled
1/2 Cup Chardonnay Wine
1/3 Cup White Wine Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint, chopped

1. In blender, place all ingredients except oil and mint.

2. Cover and blend until pureed.

3. Slowly stream in the oil until vinaigrette thickens.

4. Transfer the vinaigrette to serving bowl or airtight container.

5. Stir in the mint when ready to serve.

6. Will last up to 4 days when refrigerated.

Something lovely to have with strawberries and nuts and maybe some feta cheese!

I love salads – how about you? What is your favorite salad?

Today’s Lagniappe: Classic Vinaigrette
The classic from which so much can evolve.

1-1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Dijon Mustard
1/3 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper


1. Whisk together the oil, mustard, vinegar and pepper in a small bowl.

2. Serve with salad.

3. Cover and seal and refrigerate for up to one week.


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4 responses to “Southern Salads”

  1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect Avatar

    I love apple, so that vinaigrette looks the best to me! Can’t wait to try it!!

  2. Chris Avatar

    Have to try the Herb Parmesan version tonight! I was never a fan of icberg lettuce until I started buying it at the farmer’s market! Yum!

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  3. Brenda Avatar

    I love these! Especially the strawberry one.

  4. Karen@LadybugCreek Avatar

    Your dressings sound wonderful! I especially like the first two.
    We used to grow lettuce ages ago as a crop. Back then people were not into many of the different kinds of lettuce and iceburg lettuce was not as good as it is now. Glad the breeders have improved the taste on it considerably!
    Great pictures.
    Ladybug Creek

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