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I know this is not the case for the entire country, but we have had an unseasonably mild winter here in Nashville this year. Literally things are already starting to bloom and while I know that we will have more cold snaps, it has definitely put me in the mood for spring. Whether you are enjoying warmer temps or just dreaming about them, I have a salad dressing recipe to share with you today that you will love. I based this on a similar dressing that my mom makes and it really is so delicious and so easy.
I make mine in my Vitamix blender. I have used Vitamix blenders for YEARS, so I was so excited when they reached out and asked to send me this new model to test out. Funny story, I had literally just melted the lid of my blender accidentally so it was perfect timing. I am freaking obsessed with this thing. In my opinion, the worst thing about blenders is how LOUD they are. Literally, you can not make a smoothie in the morning without waking up the whole neighborhood. The best part of this blender is it is so, so quite. I LOVE it! I have also been using it with my Green Blender subscription and I am totally loving it. As a side note, if you are a smoothie lover (or want to be one) the Green Blender subscription is the bomb (do people say that anymore?). All the ingredients come pre-measured and pre-packaged so you don’t have any clean up and never have to buy more than you need. Amazing! Back to the blender for one last second. I love the timer feature and there is a knob that you can turn up that amps up the power as you are blending. Seriously it is amazing and I love it.
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup pistachios, shelled
- Add first 6 ingredients to your Vitamix, or food processor if you don’t have. Cover tightly with lid. Set your VitaMix on manual setting and start out slow, gradually bringing the speed to a 10.
2. Remove small lid on top of blender, allowing you to add more ingredients while mixing. Slowly add oil and continue mixing on a speed 3 -4.
3. Stop Vitamix. Remove small center lid, and add pistachios. Return lid, and begin using the pulse button if you have. You want to mince the pistachios, but not puree them. I like leaving a little texture to the dressing. But, if you prefer a smooth texture, by all means turn that baby up and keep blending.
4. I recommend refrigerating your dressing before serving. This can easily be done by pouring into an airtight container and refrigerating for as little as a couple hours
I particularly like this dressing served over spinach or arugula. The dressing has such great flavor, I believe it’s best to keep the salad simple. I enjoy just a few toppings, like a purple onion + yellow cherry tomatoes + shaved carrots and sliced english cucumbers.
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