May I encourage you to experiment with your own salad dressings if you haven't already started!? Nothing beats the taste of a fresh vinaigrette or hearty cream dressing on your salad in the area of taste or nutrition. There are so many different flavors to experiment with. Maple mustard vinaigrette is an easy one to start with.
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maple mustard vinaigrette
Maple mustard vinaigrette pairs beautifully with a baby green salad topped with some thinly sliced radishes! Oh, my! Also, try maple mustard vinaigrette on arugula! The peppery taste of arugula is accented beautifully by the tartness of the mustard and sweetness of maple. If you love arugula you might want to try my Chicken and Pear Salad as well.
This is a tart vinaigrette so adding berries works well too, try raspberries, strawberries or whatever you have on hand. Kids love maple mustard vinaigrette with pears and apples as well.
If you are following a strict low carb diet and prefer not to use any maple syrup, try adding a few drops of maple extract to a tablespoon of water and 1-2 tablespoons of powdered erythritol. When I make this vinaigrette I divide it in half before I sweeten it. Although I don't have a problem eating this dressing occasionally while staying in ketosis!
I like tart foods, so 1 tablespoon of Swerve in this recipe is just right for me, but my kids say that it needs to be sweeter. Try adding the sweetener 1 tablespoon at a time and tasting as you go until you get it adjusted to your preference.
If you're trying to make salads part of your lifestyle, consider some useful tools like:
Maple Mustard Vinaigrette with low-carb option
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, preferably with whole mustard seeds
- 1-2 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or see option in notes)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients into a jar and shake well.
- Serve over salad greens.
Low carb and sugar-free option: omit maple syrup; instead use 2 drops maple extract, 1-2 tablespoons powdered erythritol or a few drops of liquid stevia, plus 1 tablespoon water.
If you don't have maple syrup, this recipe works well with honey!