It happens every September — in an effort to hold on to those last vestiges of summer, I turn to meals that highlight the flavors and ingredients I most associate with the season.
I want to wait, just a little while longer, before I start preparing stews, casseroles and roasts. And these fruity salad dressings are just the ticket — fresh and bright, perfect for when you want a little bit of warm-weather flair at the dinner table, any time of year!
So show summer who’s boss and whip up one of these lovely vinaigrettes (flip flops optional)!
Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice brightens up this salad of greens, pistachios and crumbled gorgonzola cheese.
Recipe courtesy of Aggie’s Kitchen
BLUEBERRY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
Fresh blueberries and blueberry jam give this “superfood” a star turn atop this lovely salad of fresh and dried fruits, tossed with crunchy nuts and seeds.
Recipe courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen
I’ve never thought to use kiwi in a salad dressing. Here it’s blended with fresh orange juice for a light dressing with tropical flair, served over a main-course salad of pan-seared chicken and radicchio.
Image and recipe courtesy of Angie’s Recipes
LIME AGAVE VINAIGRETTE
You’ll swear off bottled dressing for good once you see how easy – and delicious – making your own can be.
Get the recipe for Lime Agave Dressing at Babble
Mango and fresh mint pair up in this zesty, Thai-inspired dressing. This gorgeous “supper salad” is destined to become a regular at our house!
Get the recipe at Babble
RASPBERRY POPPYSEED DRESSING
A quick shake in a jar and this dressing is done! Refrigerate overnight to let the flavors fully develop, then serve over this pretty salad, which features more fresh raspberries.
Make Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing at The Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife.
CHILI LIME DRESSING
I adore brussels sprouts and can’t wait to try this salad. The dressing is Asian-inspired and chock-full of fabulous flavors – chili, fish sauce, fresh ginger and cilantro, to name a few.
Image and recipe courtesy of What About the Food
This dressing is all about the strawberries – a half pound of fresh berries to be exact!
Image and recipe courtesy of The Gracious Pantry