A Salad Confessional

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 13, 2010

Good morning!

Ohhhh Saturday mornings are my absolute favourite time of the entire week! Eric and I watched some cartoons and ate cereal. Good times. :mrgreen:

I realized this morning that I have been keeping something from you all. Well, two things actually.

The first one is what I like to call Fudgsicle Soft Serve


Oh yes.

1 large frozen banana, a glug of almond milk, and 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder! It tastes just like a soft, melting fudgsicle. Process in a food processor for a couple minutes and…BOOM.


Now onto salad talk.


Salads are a staple in my diet. I love experimenting with different toppings and dressings. The lettuce is really like a blank slate- what ever you decide to put on it always comes out fabulous.


Better Than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette

The easiest and most delicious homemade dressing I have ever made!

Adapted from Dreena Burton’s Eat Drink & Be Vegan ‘Back-to-Basics’ dressing.


  • 2.5 tablespoons balsamic, white, or red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard or regular mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 minced clove of garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Toss all ingredients into a bowl and whisk! Makes about 1/2 cup of dressing.


This was sooooooo easy. I can’t believe I bought bottled stuff for all those years!

This dressing has an array of delicious flavours:

  • sweet– maple
  • tang– vinegar
  • Buttery and smooth– olive oil

It is SO GOOD!

I had a hunch this would pair perfectly with some dried cranberries. I also sprinkled on some sesame seeds for fun.

The next get together I host I am definitely going to make this dressing. It tasted like a gourmet salad!


Confession #2:

I have recently weaned myself off a long fat-free salad dressing kick.

I bought the fat free stuff for years and years. I was a die hard fan…even though I admit, I couldn’t pronounce many of the ingredients on the bottle.

I always thought that if I used the regular stuff with oil I would be consuming too many calories. But you know what I discovered? A little bit of the GOOD stuff- with fat!- is much more satisfying than drowning the salad in fat free dressing. I have just a couple tablespoons of this homemade dressing on my salad and it is perfection. The olive oil gives the salad more satiety too.

When you use the real stuff, less is more.


I used to be the fat free QUEEN, my friends. I bought fat-free cheese slices, fat-free yogurt, fat-free ice cream, fat-free cool whip, fat-free candy, fat-free cookies, etc!

It is quite funny because now I eat a ton of healthy fats in my diet, from avocados to nut butters, chia seeds to olive oil. I never used to eat any of these things in the past because I was scared of the fat. My poor body was deprived of healthy fat for years. Luckily I am making up for lost time! :mrgreen:



I’m off to shower and then hit the road to meet Krissy at a huge outlet mall. So excited!!The perfect activity for this rainy Saturday.

At least the snow is almost gone…


Have a Fabulous Saturday!


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~Channing Pollock

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sarah (the SHU box) March 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

YES homemade dressings are SO much better! i usually improvise mine — it always comes out different, but always better than what you buy. olive oil, different vinegars, lemon juice, honey or maple syrup, +/- mustard, and spices — so good!

and YAY outlets :)


Jenny March 13, 2010 at 9:09 am

I’m just adding nut butters and real, full-fat cheeses back into my diet.

I was really missing out!

And I love a good guacamole:)


Elle @ Acquired Tastes March 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

Used to be a fat-free queen as well – I used to really like those salad sprays with “no calories.” Now I try to buy whole foods that haven’t been messed around with so fat-free stuff is out.

I switched to making my own salad dressings after I saw an episode of Barefoot Contessa and she showed how it is was to just whisk a few things together!

I eat a lot of (healthy) fat now too, and I would have never done it before. I still sometimes worry I am eating too much :(

I made those black bean quinoa burgers you posted yesterday for dinner last night and they did not turn out as well as I had hoped :/


Jil March 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

I almost never order salads in restaurants (well. chains) for exactly that reason – plus, they somehow manage to hide THOUSANDS of calories into a salad. Ridiculous!??! I love experimenting with new dressings and toppings – dried fruit is a fave topping of mine.


Kristin March 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

Oh man! I use to be the Fat Free girl too! I would even proudly proclaim, “I eat fake food” Gross! My favorite was “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray” I would drowned my veggies in it and think it was okay because it said it was fat free and calorie free. Yuck! I still can’t believe I did that some times! I find a little dollop of Earth Balance is so much better!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

I am the same way! I used to eat fat free EVERYTHING. And it just makes no sense to me now. I used to stray away from nuts and nut butters, and now I eat them several times a day!

Have fun shopping on the rainy Canadian day!


kelly March 13, 2010 at 8:46 am

I make a dressing similar to yours, but I add cumin and red pepper flakes. So good. So easy. I don’t buy fat-free anything anymore. I would much rather have a little less than eat all those chemicals.

Have a great day!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

I used to do fat free dressings too, but switched a few years ago. Now I tend to make my own like you, but I love the full fat stuff! I am so with you Ange, I hate being serve a wilty weak salad!


Mo @ Mommy RD March 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

I guess we were all fat-free at one time huh? Not only have I realized that adding healthy fats TASTE so much better, and give more satiety – like you mentioned, but the fat actually helps you absorb a lot of the nutrients in the salad so much better.

I love homemade dressings! Averie, at Love Veggies and Yoga has a GREAT tahini vegan Ceasar one!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

that is a GREAT point about the nutrients absorbing better with fat!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

I LOVE salads with full fat dressing… NOW.

I SO used to be the fat-free queen. Everrrrything was fat free, sugar free… yuck. Now I eat tons of healthy fats- avocado, chia, nuts and nut butters, seeds, olive oil, eggs and the dairy I do eat- yogurt, cheese… is generally full fat, and MAYBE low fat. It is less satisfying low fat, and I tend to eat more!

Less really IS more with delicious healthy fats!


Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 13, 2010 at 8:51 am

I used to be the fat free queen also! My in-laws would always tell me I need to get off of it, but like you I was worried about the fat. Almost a year ago I stopped using “fat free” products and splenda! I love this dressing too, a little bit goes a long way! I also love the trick to put the dressing on the bottom of the bowl and then toss the salad when ready to eat!


Anais March 13, 2010 at 8:55 am

Enjoy the week-end!

I switched over to fat free before starting to lose weight, and when the weight started coming off, THAT’s when I switched over to 2% or sometimes even regular and I’m still losing weight :) They’re just so much more filling! I make my own vinaigrette, and I’ve recently switched to regular yogurt (from stonyfield – so good!!!).


Heather (Where's the Beach) March 13, 2010 at 8:57 am

I am so completely with you on salads at restaurants. Makes me so mad really. And people will look at you like you’re being difficult by not finding wilted iceburg lettuce an acceptable meal. I mean really? Would they enjoy that as their meal?


Miranda March 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hi, off-topic question for you. What are knee sleeves? You’ve mentioned using them for running. I can’t run right now from a weird knee injury, just wondering if these are something I should look into…


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010 at 9:41 am
Katie March 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

Two excellent recipes that I can’t wait to try now. I’ve given up all low fat stuff. Low fat usually means highly processed too. I don’t miss it at all. If I’m going to enjoy something fatty, I just have a little bit now, but for the most part I find that giving up highly processed, low fat things has also made me lose that craving for things that are bad for me. I love the taste of a homemade salad dressing with a little olive oil-one thousand percent better taste to me now than a low fat dressing that tastes like a chemical bath to my buds!


Jenn (eating bender) March 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

Fudgsicle soft serve? Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! I thought banana soft serve was good but the addition of the chocolate would be even more amazing! Thanks for the tip, Ange :)

I totally agree with you about salads. I hate when restaurants offer a “side salad” and I can’t even eat it because it looks so unappetizing. What’s the point of offering it – especially if it’s an additional charge? Your dressing looks phenomenal.

Say hello to Krissy!


Ameena March 13, 2010 at 9:09 am

I used to love fat-free everything too but I’m proud to say that my fridge is completely empty of that stuff now! I only use dressings that I make for the most part.


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

I use to be the queen of fat-free dressing… that was A LONG time ago!

Now I prefer either the lighter version or the real deal ;)


Jenn March 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

No more fat free in my arsenal. I also discovered that it was so much better tasting and better for me to use good products that were healthful and nutritious.
Can’t wait to try the Fudgiscal softserve.
Love your blog, I tripped over it by accident last week and have been back everyday!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

Oh girl, if you were the fat free queen then I was the fat free princess :) I can’t BELIEVE the amount of junk that I poured into my body just because it had no fat (but God only knows what it DID have). I have now embraced fat in my diet, healthy fats in the form of nut butters, avocado, nuts, olive oil, salmon, etc. and guess what… the fat hasn’t made me fat! Ha but that was really something that I was afraid of in the past. Real foods, whole foods, do your body SUCH good.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

Ugh– I agree!! I HATE going to a restaurant and paying 10 dollars for two pieces of iceberg lettuce and a tomato!


Michelle @ Eatingjourney March 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

I think that the FF foods are the reasons I have so many tummy problems. They are HORRIBLE. Just eat the real stuff, enjoy it and be satisfied. I don’t touch it at all anymore.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

splenda used to give me horrible stomach pains


Marissa March 13, 2010 at 9:28 am

What a great soft serve! I am so trying this today! It’s 730 in the morning is that too early? I think not!! LOL!

I love full fat dressings too. I agree that a little goes a long way!


Lindsay (Waking Up Hungry) March 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

I am also a fat free master! I am starting to see the benefits of good fat vs. bad fat. I’ve known the basics behind that fact, but I am learning to see that in a much broader spectrum. Thanks for the tip!


Juli March 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

It’s all about the healthy fats, baby!!!!! Never been a fat-free person (thanks mom), but my sister went through it and it really messed up her belly. I just try to watch portions with my whole fats. Tastes better and feels better:)

I can’t wait to try that dressing! And that pudding. Yes please.


Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life March 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

i also buy a lot of fat free products due to the calorie worry. i know good fats are healthy for you, so i’m trying to slowly incorporate those foods into my diet. i still buy a lot of fat free foods, but now i also use EVOO, lots of nut butters, low (not full yet) fat cheese, and avocado.

i’m actually not a huge fan of traditional salad dressings, so i never really bought the fat free kinds. i like to top my salads with bbq sauce, salsa, or hummus instead!

your fudgesicle softserve looks gorgeous. i have a frozen banana in the freezer that would be perfect for it!


Kirsten March 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

I agree restaurant salads are usually horrible. They either skimp on ingredients or scatter a few pieces of chopped tomato/onion on top.


Kelly Michelle March 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

mmmm, my newest banana ice cream favorite is making banana ice cream and adding two frozen cherries to the processor as well, soooooo good, with or w/o the cocoa powder.


Kathleen March 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

1 large frozen banana, a glug of almond milk, and 1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder! It tastes just like a soft, melting fudgsicle sounds like my kind of thing. I still use some fat free/sugar free things but I read the labels and try to choose the best for me. Example, I am NOT giving up my flavored creamers in my coffee so that one I use the sugar free because the caloies are so low. I would use plain but I can never get the flavor right and then it ruins my coffee.


Therese March 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

When I first started losing weight I had no idea just how LITTLE fat I was consuming throughout my day as I was such a low-fat queen! When I tracked my food for a week I realized that I was well under my fat quota every single day. So I started adding avocado and olive oil to my food and now I’m off low fat stuff almost completely. Not only does my food taste better, I FELL better because my body is getting what it needs! AND it helps with portion control because instead of eating a lot of something low in fat, I’m eating just a little something with more fat. 90lbs down and I can say it works!!!

I’ve tried that ice cream but with peanut butter before! YUM! Perhaps I’ll make that to have with lunch today! Thanks for reminding me!


Gina March 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

I was a vegetarian who was fairly obsessive about getting a lot of protein. I ended up eating huge amounts of fat free dairy products and egg whites. It started to make me feel like crap, and was more or less the catalyst for my becoming vegan.

Now I have a whole avocado in my breakfast every day, and if I feel like something else, there is always coconut or almond butter or some kind of healthy fat. My body LOVES fats. I know you talk a lot about binge eating in the past and it is something I have dealt with on and off (doing good right now!), but if I do binge now, I notice my body does better if its something like peanut butter rather than something like oreos. Now, that seems like an obvious thing, but in the past, the reasons for that totally puzzled me!


Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ March 13, 2010 at 10:34 am

Absolutely love your post today. I was the same way about salad dressings. I use to only use the fat free, but now that my nutrition knowledge has grown I know that it is better to use an oil salad dressing and toss my salad in a couple tsp. of it. The fat free is so loaded with random fillers. I also use more nuts and nut butters in my cooking. I used to never eat nut butters for about 10 years, and now I am because I know some good healthy fat is a good thing.

I would suggest the book In Defense of Foods, and Food Rules. It really gave me an even better understanding into eating healthier and avoiding fillers and chemicals.


MaryB March 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

The dressing sounds amazing but you mention a ‘maple flavor’ and I don’t see anything maple in the ingredients?
And curse you for posting that recipe for Fudgsicle SoftServe! It’s bad enough that I am addicted to Green Monsters! :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

Opps- I forgot to add in 2 T of maple syrup…it’s in there now! :)


Lin March 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

Thanks so much for the salad dressing recipe… I’ve been wanting to try a homemade one for a while now and this looks so simple and delicious… btw, a Green Monster update. After becoming a fan of your blog, I have now given up a decades-long morning coffee w/cream & sugar, and gotten addicted to the GM instead. Expanding outward from the basics, I now regularly add mixed dark salad greens and baby tomatoes to the spinach, along with almond butter, mango, blueberries, avacado, and chia seeds. They are so good, and wow, the energy you get from them!! I find that if I add a drizzle of honey and a shake or two of cinnamon, it always has a sweet flavor regardless of whatever veggie I am using and tastes like a regular fruit smoothie. Often I have two a day.
Have fun shopping!!….if it were me, I’d be hitting the shoe stores in particular. (Shoe addict as well as GM’s) :)


rosy March 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

Someone mentioned this already, but salad + full fat dressing are a complementary pair. You need the fat in the dressing to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, E, D, and K. Any time you’re having veggies, a good fat source will help satiety and help absorb all that goodness.

Great blog!


Jane March 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

I stopped using Fat Free when I discovered that they add a ton of sugar to F. Free products to enhance the taste and make up for the lack of fat. So using F. Free is like trading one evil (fat) for another (too much sugar).

Homemade is the way to go….has anyone tried a Tahinin based dressing….yummy.



Jane March 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

Grated ginger added to you homemade dressing is great too.


Carbzilla March 13, 2010 at 10:57 am

Hooray for getting off the Fat Free train. When they take those fats out, they put all sorts of awful fake stuff back! I’ve lost 15 lbs eating healthy fats so whoever said fat makes you fat is a liar liar! (Well, they have to be the correct fats – I’ll give ’em that)


mountain girl March 13, 2010 at 11:07 am

I so agree with the fat thing! I was kind of scared of fat too…but now a HUGE part of my diet is fat: EVOO, raw seeds and nuts, coconut, coconut, coconut. I actually just posted my latest concoction for some really easy carob-coconut “chocolates”…FULL of goods fats and nutrients!


Jennie {in Wonderland} March 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

OMG I used to be the fat-free princess. I ate fat-free salad ‘spray’ [like water, basically, with no flavour], I wouldn’t eat guacamole because of all the ‘fat’ in it, I would buy diet hot chocolate, fat-free tomato sauce, I didn’t eat any oils… I thought fat was the enemy.

I didn’t realize that actually, the chemicals I was ingesting are the terrible thing… not to mention all the fake, processed sugars. Just gross.

Now I love oily salad dressings, avocado … I never buy anything that says ‘diet’ or ‘light’ or ‘fat-free’. Why buy fake food when you can eat the real thing?


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

You just reminded me that I used to use the fat free butter on popcorn. ewwwww


Jennie {in Wonderland} March 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I used too as well! I bought the ‘Smart Pop’ popcorn and I had that for lunch with a diet coke and a ‘Soup at hand’ diet soup… gross x million.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 13, 2010 at 11:18 am

FOr some reason, no matter how restrictive my eating was I never shied away from fat. I was eating avocados when I wouldn’t eat a lot of other foods. Not sure why to tell you the truth. However, this summer I worked at a place where they served us all our meals and they were low fat. I had the craziest appetite and cravings all the time and didn’t realize it was my low fat intake to blame. I was eating almond butter by the jar and figured it out halfway through that fat kept me satiated like none other.


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind March 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

LOVE making my own salad dressings! I realized one day how much of the bottled stuff I was going through (I pour salad dressing on MANY more things than salads), and decided to look up a recipe online to see how hard it would be to make my own. I’ve gone dressing crazy since then! I make a new one every day.

I’ve given up a lot of fat free stuff (I, too, used to be a fat free queen), but one thing I haven’t given up yet it fat free cheese. I get tons of healthy fats from other things, though, so I’m OK with it.


Julie @ Wearing Mascara March 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

I used to be the same way with fat free foods. Even though it tasted like crap, I’d still buy it but then I’d find myself never eating it! (Dressing in particular). I can’t wait to try that dressing recipe! I’m totally saving this post. Thanks!


shelly March 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

My favorite balsamic dressing is balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pepper and a little bit of hot sauce. It’s really amazing if you chop up 2 tomatoes, 2 avocados, and 1/2 of a red onion- then add the vinaigrette and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. In my experience, this turns out more like a chunky dip than a real salad- so I serve it with blue corn chips!

My current favorite salad dressing is even more simple- olive oil and lemon juice with black pepper and Parmesan cheese (not vegan, I know, but I bet you could make this with your vegan “parmesan cheez”). This is really good tossed with spring mix, and really really good if you then put it on top of whole wheat pizza dough (for salad pizza!) or hot bread so it wilts a little bit.


shelly March 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

Note: The pizza dough should be cooked and brushed with a little olive oil or tomato sauce- not raw.


Christel March 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

I’m still on a search for my fav homemade salad dressing! Think I’ll try your recipe out today or tomorrow. Sounds delic!

I also make a Chocolate Banana soft serve, almost nightly! I like to add some Cacao nibs and Mulberries for texture.


Christine (The Raw Project) March 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

I am such a fan of homemade dressing now and this looks great!

Agreed on restaurant salads, I had loads of wilted iceberg “ghetto” lettuce.

Since going raw, my views on fat have changed and I eat a lot more than I used to in good fats. I’m guilty of sticking to nonfat stuff in my not-so-healthy days and love not worrying about that anymore.


Allison @ Food For Healing March 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I love warm weather, its +5C in Sask already, and its only 10am!


Ashley March 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I make a super easy dressing almost every time I make a salad at home. I don’t even mix it in a bowl..just top it on the salad and toss. The huz loves it too. A few splashes of apple cider vin + balsamic vin [4% acidity] + olive oil + garlic/salt/parsley seasoning + cracked black pepper…AWEsome!! :) I used to be all about the fat free too…except with cheese. Fat free cheese scared me because it didn’t melt!!! haha


Amanda March 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Holy cow I used to do that too! Fat-free crap everywhere! Now I can’t be bothered. And I share your disdain with restaurant salads: they are terrible! Iceberg lettuce, croutons and carrots. Ewww!


Tay March 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Been there done that with the fat fear. I used to never touch nut butters, only buy FF dressings, buy FF cheese, etc. Of course now I still eat FF stuff (yogurt, milk, etc), but I don’t fear the fat at all! I love me some good healthy fats :-) And I don’t freak out over low fat yogurt (especially greek – that stuff is just so dang good!)


kate March 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

i used to be huge into fat-free & diet foods too – its crazy how your attitudes can change!
i hate weak salads from restaurants too, but sometimes i feel like i can never truly master a great salad at home! ill need to try sprucing them up like you & have some of that banana/choco concoction for dessert!


Heather (Heather's Dish) March 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

i’m just now getting to the point where i’m ok with eating healthy fats…fat is such a scary word after all! i’m definitely trying the soft serve tonight :)


maggie March 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

YUMMY looking soft serve!
how do you think chocolate superfood (amazing grass) would taste in place of the cocoa???
i did that in Kristen’s CCB smoothie and it was amazing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I can’t see why it wouldn’t work!


Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition March 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I always buy the low fat dressing also! Although lately I’ve been using oil and vinegar. And Apple Cider Vingar is also great on salads!


[email protected] March 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I used to eat ff salad dressing because I was so worried about calories but now like you I am more concerned with health. That looks like a great recipe!


Run Sarah March 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I used to only use FF salad dressing as well, but have been experimenting with hummus, salsa etc as toppings which taste SO much better. Your chocolate soft-serve looks amazing – I need to try it out!


EaterNotARunner March 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

That is so funny, that is almost exactly my recipe for salad dressing. I usually use sugar instead of maple though so I’ll have to try that out!


Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear March 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I must make your dressing at home someday! I’ve been doing something very similar but instead of mapel syrup and apple cider vinegar I added lemon juice (from fresh lemons), it’s yummy too! :) I love everything with vinegar, my latest find is rasperry vinegar.


Jessica March 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I wanted to comment on your bowls you used for the fudgesicle soft serve — are those heirlooms? My grandmother gave me a set that look very similar from childhood, probably from the 1930s. So pretty!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I’d like to say they are heirlooms, but sadly they are from Crate and Barrel if my memory serves me correctly! LOL.


Jolene March 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Your salad pics are beautiful!


Laura Georgina March 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Yay for real dressing! So much tastier… Can’t wait to see what great concoctions you come up with :-)


Cynthia (It All Changes) March 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I used to always use fat free dressing and would get sick. Recently I cleaned out my fridge and looked at the ingredients list….TONS OF SUGAR! No wonder it made my IBS go crazy. Now I love a little bit of olive oil and rice vinegar or a slurry of avocado, hummus and olive oil with vinegar. Delicious.


Kim March 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

that fudgesicle dessert looks awesome! Can’t wait to get a banana in the freezer so i can try it. Also…I used to eat totally fat free in high school..how silly we were! I now eat avocado, nut butters, salmon, kalamata olives on a regular basis and haven’t gained any weight. Love healthy fats!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 14, 2010 at 1:04 am

You definitely made a good choice buying that set of bowls – they make for some pretty pics!


Jenny @ Jenny Likes To Run, a teenager with a healthy twist on life March 14, 2010 at 1:44 am

I agree about the salads at restaurants, they always do it and I hate it!!! I love salad and I can’t stand being served a ridiculously small portion with a few pieces of lettuce and dried up carrot and beetroot. Just does not cut the mustard.


Steph- Exercise Physiologist and Artist March 14, 2010 at 10:53 am


Thank you so much for posting that salad dressing recipe! I just so happen to be looking for a good vinaigrette recipe. Oh and yes.. so much better than bottled. YUM!

Healthy fats are so important. They help your skin hair healing process….
I was also healthy fat deprived for many years. Thank goodness I realized they are called “essential fats” for a reason! haha.


Nichole March 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

The real stuff tastes so much better than the fat free…I’ve never been able to stand fat free!!


Angelalovesfood March 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Angela! that soft serve really looks amazing! oh how simple it is.

I musttry it when I have bananas in stock :)


Sophie @ yumventures March 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

I love home made salad dressing! And I agree, I hate when you order a salad at a restaurant and its so boring! Thats why I usually don’t order salads when I’m out, but I think restaurants should kick it up a notch!


Autumn Tao March 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

The dressing is amazing. I had it two nights in a row now. And the leftovers were great the next day. Thanks for sharing!!


SoVeryFabulous March 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

That fudgesicle soft serve sounds amazing! I’ll be sure to try that as well as the recipe for salad dressing you’ve posted. I’ll admit I sometimes get bored of salads, and I think a lot of that has to do with the dressing!


Kerry March 20, 2010 at 4:24 am

I’m scared of fats and trying not to be! I will eat nut butters now but its 25% less fat and i don’t eat olive oil or lean beef/lamb, it’s all low fat meat! Tastes awful though haha! That fudgsickle looks lovely! yumm! xxx


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble March 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I just tried your banana soft serve and I’m in love!!! I had to go back for seconds!!! This one’s a keeper!!!


Ana April 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Angela, I made the salad dressing today for lunch and it was delicious, we all loved it!!
Did you use white balsamic on yours? I used the regular balsamic on mine, it was so good. We had it on a spinach + watermelon + feta salad, awesome!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) May 7, 2010 at 1:47 am

Oh YUM! That soft serve looks delish!

I usually use low fat salad dressings–but naturally low fat, as in, a mix of vinegar, lemon, etc. Because I tend to toss in a looot of nuts. No fat fearing here!


Bella (Stilettos on the Streetcar) June 8, 2010 at 11:56 am

I finally made this salad dressing and it’s amazing! I imagine I’ll be drizzling this on pretty much everything. Mmmm…

Thanks, Angela!


Mikkan July 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I was totally there myself before. Fear of fats is soo bad for you, I have been mis informed for many years about what’s bad and healthy when it comes to fats.


Lauren July 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Just made the dressing and took a lick-so so good! I can’t wait to serve it on the salad with dinner for my friends tonight. Thanks Angela!


lindsey October 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

this is so good! i’m planning on serving it over a the quinoa confetti casserole from the same book tonight for dinner, but hopefully there will be some leftover for lunch salads tomorrow!


Deb May 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Holy *$&*$#&*#$&!!!!! I forget just how delicious your Better-Than-Bottled Balsamic is! For some reason, I forget about it for a few months, but remembered it when I was craving balsamic last week.

And, wow—it’s even better than I remember! I’m currently inhaling it via the Mt. Salad I’m savoring right now. Yum!

Back to the greens,


Cynthia April 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for yet another keeper! I happened to have a little dressing leftover from a batch I made & happened to put it in a salad with fresh herbs (thyme, chives & oregano). I could not believe how insanely perfect this salad was. Holy moly. =) (The rest of the ingredients were just power greens, tons of radishes, olives, & tomatoes. It didn’t even need crunchies! Angela, you are brilliant. One of the things I love about your work is that it is wonderful as is but almost always completely adaptable to what is fresh or that you have on hand. I seriously have a fridge full of your stuff almost all of the time. Life wouldn’t be the same without YOU or YOUR ROCKIN’ BLOG.


Jennifer Buehner November 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Does anyone know how many calories are in a serving of this salad dressing?


Jennifer Buehner September 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

Anyone figure out how many calories are in the salad dressing? It’s my absolute favorite!!!


Nichole February 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Just made this delicious dressing and was wondering if it needs to be refrigerated or can you leave it out? Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!


Melissa August 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

I made the recipe from your cookbook that is similar to this and it is AMAZING!!! I reduce it and pour it over anything and everything…. So so good!!!! It tastes like what you get at a restaurant! Thank you!


Carla D Adams July 4, 2020 at 9:07 pm

July 04, 2020
This holiday will be remembered by two events. COVID’s social distancing and the summer I made the Better Than Bottled Balsamic Vinaigrette. There were no village fireworks but there were fireworks on my taste buds, thanks to this delightful recipe.

I made two modifications: 1/2 teaspoon mustard and I substituted honey for maple syrup. It was an incredible experience.



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