Monday, January 14, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

My coworker had a birthday last week. {It was one of those monumental birthday's that shouldn't be overlooked!}

We had a celebration in her honor at work. I made a quiche and a salad.  The salad was a simple winter salad with homemade dressing. The dressing was probably the easiest thing to make and it was so yummy!

I may never purchase salad dressing again.

Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons diced onion
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds

In a blender, add the sugar, lemon juice, onion, mustard, and salt. Process until well blended. While blender is on, slowly add the oil in a constant stream. Add the poppy seeds and process just a few seconds longer.

I tossed this dressing with some romaine lettuce, Swiss cheese, a diced apple, diced pear, some dried cranberries, and a few cashews. It was the absolute yummiest! The dressing has just enough citrus to make it tangy yet a hint of sweet. Every bite just danced in my mouth. Perfect for pepping up a cold drab winter day!

I guessed I made about 10 servings of dressing. I used it very modestly and made several salads with it. Estimating 10 servings, the dressing is about 5 points per serving. That sounds like a lot but if you leave off the cheese and cashews, the rest of the ingredients are fairly low to no point value. I assure you this salad probably has less points than a salad from your favorite restaurant.

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