Dad’s Greek Dressing Recipe

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Dad's Greek Dressing Recipe

How this website has existed for over 5 years now and I haven’t yet shared this recipe, is beyond me! My Dad’s world-famous Greek Salad Dressing recipe is notorious among anyone who has ever tasted it. There is perfection in it’s simplicity, a recipe that after you’ve made it once, you will wonder why you haven’t been making it for years. I have seen many overcomplicated recipes for Greek salad dressings, but listen to me folks, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel or to add extra flavors where they aren’t needed, AKA Keep it Simple, Stupid.

Not only will my dad share this delicious recipe with anyone who asks, but he so generously allowed me to share it here on the website. I feel like I am sharing a family secret here. I grew up enjoying this dressing on every salad, with every plate of homemade souvlaki and now it’s a favorite in my own kitchen.

Dad's Greek Dressing Recipe

During my parent’s visit last week, we of course, had our typical Sunday night Greek dinner, a tradition in our family, which I miss like crazy. Our feast was complete with grilled leg of lamb, roasted potatoes, homemade dolmades (tutorial coming soon) and a huge Greek salad. Dad and I made a batch of this dressing together for the salad and I love that he has made it so many times he doesn’t even have to measure any more. He get’s the oil to acidity ratio down and the rest just gets tossed in, basically by sight. A little whirl in the blender, a taste and he can tweak any little details from there.

Dad's Greek Dressing Recipe

My dad always says the key is no matter how much you are making, sticking with 2 parts oil to one part acid (and for the acid, 2 parts vinegar to one part lemon). You can opt for balsamic vinegar or red wine, but I have to say this dressing really shines with the rich balsamic. The feta cheese is optional, so if you are vegan or have to avoid dairy, it is still delicious without it, but I have to highly recommend it. The creaminess, the salty, tartness. It’s so good. Seriously, you will want to enjoy this dressing with a straw spoon.

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Danzante Halibut with 3 Chile Sauce

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Danzante Halibut with 3 Chile Sauce

The Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur

It’s been a few weeks since my trip to Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the food as much as I did the incredible views and starting each day with yoga on the beach. OK and maybe those creative cocktails and mocktails, the spa treatments and the sunsets…

The Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur

The Islands of Loreto, Baja California Sur

Besides all the beautiful, fresh local fruit, the traditional Mexican foods and of course, their house-made gluten-free baked goods, the beautiful seafood was above and beyond, it is certainly what I most remember, when I think of all the delicious food. Most, if not all, the seafood served at the Villa del Palmar is sourced from the local waters, the Sea of Cortez. Chocolate clams (chocolate for their color, don’t worry they didn’t serve with chocolate) and the various fish were my favorites. You cannot beat fresh seafood, caught in the morning and served up to you in the evening.

Chocolate Clams, Loreto, Mexico

Danzante Halibut with 3 Chile Sauce

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Peach Cherry Frozen Limeade

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Peach Cherry Frozen Limeade

Oh my, it’s such a busy and energetically charged time right now. There is something about the start of summer, we are surround by so much abundance and many reasons to celebrate. There are many fun and exciting things happening right now, so much going on and so much to share with all of you. First and most importantly, my parents are here visiting, which of course wins for the best thing ever. Also, super exciting, the first episode of our brand new podcast, the So Let’s Hang Out Podcast, officially launched, yesterday (eeek!!). On this premiere episode, my co-host Gina and I chat about “first times”, we share some juicy gluten-free gossip and we even offer some actual constructive advice about healthy snacking. Our podcast is all about not taking yourself or your life very seriously, we just want to create a virtual space for hanging out, laughing and having a good time. We hope our little podcast can help brighten up your days and maybe offer a little helpful advice, once in a while, too!

We have also announced the June Yoga and Yummies event. Saturday, June 20th, we will be getting together once again here in Long Beach for an afternoon of yoga, delicious gluten-free food, friends and community. We will be celebrating the summer solstice with a flow-based, all-levels yoga class celebrating the abundance of the earth and the sun’s blessing of warmth and light.

Extra exciting, every attendee of Yoga and Yummies will receive a reusable napkin made from recycled & salvaged materials plus a set of beautiful bamboo cutlery from OUR friends at Yellow 108. Be sure to RSVP so that you can receive your set.

Peach Cherry Frozen Limeade

Last,  but definitely not least, this evening I am hosting a cooking demo at the Whole Foods here in Long Beach, CA. This FREE Summer Eats inspired demo features some of the best of what the season has to offer! Plus, not only are all of the recipes gluten-free, but they are also paleo and vegan-friendly, too! A little something for everyone. Come on out, if you are a local – I’d love to meet you.

So, what does all of this have to do with Peach Cherry Frozen Limeade, you ask? Well not a whole ton, exactly, but my seasonal-loving friends, I will be making this frosty limeade this evening at my Summer Eats Cooking Demo at Whole Foods. Peaches and cherries in ice-cold, slushie form. Could it get any more seasonal right now?

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Grain-free Black Forest Tartlets

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grain-free Black Forest Tartlets

It’s here, it’s here! Cherry season is upon us. One of the tastiest times of the year, if you ask me.  Naturally, to know me is to know that one of my favorite ways to pair them is with chocolate. Because chocolate seems to be my answer to all of life’s questions, even the ones not being asked.

Grain-free Black Forest Tartlets

I love chocolate so much that I have been known to keep a bar of 85 – 90% dark chocolate in the freezer or fridge at all times. A small square of that goodness after a delicious dinner, that’s really all I need in life. Except maybe these tartlets, these are pretty amazing, too! By the way, that 30+ days I did on the Autoimmune Protocol, skipping chocolate completely throughout the entire process was harder than anything else. I did it, but I wasn’t happy about it.

These pretty, naturally grain-free and vegan chocolate cherry mini tarts, have a delicious nut-based crust, filled with a rich and smooth, cherry-flecked ganache and topped with homemade coconut whipped cream.

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