Salads are popular year around – whether at a barbeque, as a side at family meal times, or when entertaining at special occasions. Incorporating Manuka honey in the dressing creates a fresh and vibrant taste sensation. Manuka honey can add a touch of sweetness and complexity to your dressing while balancing the tartness of vinegar or citrus. Here's a easy to make Manuka honey vinaigrette recipe perfect for any occasion:
Manuka Honey Vinaigrette Recipe:
For the dressing:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Manuka honey (you can adjust the amount to your desired sweetness)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the salad:
Fresh spring greens (e.g., mixed greens, arugula, spinach)
Candied or toasted pecans or walnuts
Crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese (optional)
Red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
poppy seeds for topping
Prepare the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the Manuka honey, vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined.
While whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify the dressing. Continue to whisk until the dressing is smooth and well blended.
Assemble the Salad: In a large salad bowl, add your choice of fresh spring greens. You can mix and match different types of greens for variety and color.
Scatter sliced strawberries, candied or toasted nuts, and crumbled cheese (if using) over the greens. Add thinly sliced red onions for an extra kick if you like.
Drizzle and Toss: Pour the Manuka honey vinaigrette over the salad ingredients. Start with a small amount, and you can always add more as needed.
Gently toss the salad to coat all the ingredients with the dressing. Be careful not to overdress; you want a light coating.
Serve: Serve your spring salad immediately as a refreshing and healthy appetizer, side dish, or even a light main course. It's a perfect addition to any spring meal.
Feel free to customise this salad by adding other seasonal ingredients like asparagus, radishes, or avocado, depending on what's available in your area during the spring season. This Manuka honey vinaigrette adds a delightful touch of sweetness and complexity to your salad, making it a delicious and healthy choice for any season. Enjoy!