This honey lemon ginger dressing adds a bright and tangy kick to any salad.
I'm all about a good salad dressing, and this honey lemon ginger dressing is no exception. The honey provides a touch of sweetness to counter the tanginess of the lemon and the spice of the ginger.
The end result is the perfect balance of zingy, tart and sweet.
What can I use this dressing on?
I recently made a salad with mixed greens, chicken breast, avocado, and pickled red onion. I added this honey lemon ginger dressing to it and it was salad perfection.
It's definitely too thin to use as a dip, but could be used on fresh or steamed veggies as well for a punch of flavor.
Keep in mind when you refrigerate this dressing, the olive oil will solidify when it gets cold. Just set the dressing out on the counter 10-15 minutes before you want to use it, and it will come back to room temperature and be able to be mixed.
I found storing it in a Blender Bottle was a great option - it allowed me to use the mixing ball to shake it up and bring it back together once it had warmed up a bit, then pour directly from the spout onto the salad!
Benefits of Honey
Did you know honey has the power to kill bacteria? Studies have shown that it is effective against dozens of strains, including E. coli and salmonella.
So what makes honey antimicrobic? When bees synthesize flower pollen, they deposit hydrogen peroxide into the honey. Since honey is already naturally acidic, you have a recipe for antibacterial properties.
Modern science has shown honey's effectiveness in treatment of ulcers, bed sores, burns, skin sores and inflammation.
Thinking about keeping bees? We highly recommend it! You can check out our post on how to get started with urban beekeeping here.
Benefits of Lemon
Research has shown that eating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke, and lemons are a great source of vitamin C.
Did you know that one lemon provides about 31 mg of vitamin C, which is 51% of the reference daily intake (RDI)?
Lemon juice provides a brightness in recipes that can't be found anywhere else. Try a squeeze of it on top of your next meal and see how it changes it!
Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional & alternative medicine. It has been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold.
The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Read more about the scientific health benefits of ginger here.
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons minced ginger
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or cup.
- Use your immersion blender to blend all the ingredients together until smooth and combined.
If you don't have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender for this dressing.
I recommend using jarred ginger, simply as a time-saver. If you prefer to use fresh ginger and grate it yourself, you can do that too!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 0g