Last month while in my yoga teacher training program, I basically lived on salads every single day for lunch. They are such a simple thing to pack up in the morning and with all the many variations, I never find myself getting sick of it, even if you are having it every day. Some days I added grilled chicken or cooked lentils, often I would skip out on cheese, but other days I would add some crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese. I would add nuts or seeds, dried fruit or sun dried tomatoes, etc. It was quite fun and always delicious.
I started out the month by making my own dressings and vinaigrettes and then on a trip to Whole Foods in a moment of weakness and desperation, trying to save some time where I could, I bought a couple different bottles of organic dressings and vinaigrettes. Of course, as soon as I tried all of them, I realized I could easily be making these myself and I realized how silly it was to buy store-bought dressings, especially because even when organic, they have far more ingredients than they should, many of which as strange preservatives.
I had bought a yummy creamy, vegan, smokey tomato dressing that I really loved and instantly realized I should be making this myself. And often. This Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette is creamy and full of so many amazing flavors. It is of course, great on a salad, it would make an amazing marinade for chicken or fish, it’d be great on a pasta salad and it’s delicious drizzled on your favorite sandwich or wrap. I bet it would also be incredible as a marinade and/or dipping sauce for these grilled artichokes, too. Tomorrow I am sharing a yummy recipe for a plant-based sandwich alternative and this is the perfect condiment on it. So keep a look out for that.
[print_this]Smokey Tomato Vinaigrette – Gluten-free, Vegan
makes approximately 2 cups of dressing
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 3 roma tomatoes (could also used about a cup or so of canned/jarred crushed tomatoes)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried basil (or 2 tablespoons fresh)
- salt and pepper, to taste
Cut the tomatoes in half, and scoop out or squeeze out as many of the seeds as you can. Chop the tomatoes into smaller pieces. Add all of the ingredients to your high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste the dressing, season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Refrigerate until ready to use. [/print_this]