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Dress it Up :: 5 Simple Ways to Dress a Summer Salad

Wed, June 25, 2014


It’s summer, so fresh produce is at its peak! From tasty corn and strawberries to crisp beans and juicy tomatoes, nature’s bounty is delightfully delicious. How best to enjoy all of the flavor without the fuss… The simple summer salad, of course! Favorite veggies and fruits can be ready in flash.


To keep things flavor-full but save on time, try mixing up one of our go-to dressing recipes. These versatile vinaigrettes add flair to veggies, grains, meats and more. Simply substituting different vinegars and spices gives each tasty drizzle a unique flair.


The hard part can often be keeping olive oil and each variety of vinegar sorted yet stylishly at hand. No worries… Our free cruet label printables offer an ideal solution. Simply download the labels here and print on 8.5”x11” card stock. Trim each to size and wrap the chosen label around the cruet or bottle of choice affixing with double-sided tape. Now you’re prepared to mix and mingle.

Next… Get your salads dressed to kill!

A Johnson family favorite, Laura’s sister Marcie regularly tosses this richly flavored dressing.


  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt

Place mustard and salt in a bowl. Whisk in water, vinegar and olive oil.

Sweet Asian
A balanced blend of sweet and salty, perfect for cabbage or spinach salads.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon freshly zested ginger root (preferred) or pinch of dried ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small jar. Cover with a lid and shake vigorously. Can also be mixed in a blender or small food processor.

Poppy Seed
Tangy and sweet, this dressing is perfect for salads with fruit. Try strawberries or raspberries for a balanced meets sweet dish.


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, vinegar, salt and onion. Process for 20 seconds. With blender or food processor on high, gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.

Rice Wine
Another delectably simple recipe from Marcie, this zesty vinaigrette adds a light yet robust flavor to a variety of salads.


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and lime juice. While whisking constantly, add oil in a slow, steady stream until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Red Wine
Easy, flavorful and fabulous, this simple vinaigrette offers


  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Whisking constantly, add the oil in a slow, steady stream and continue whisking until thickened.

You do want to enjoy summer’s sunny weather and laid-back vibe without hours in the kitchen, right? Think simple. Think salad.


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