We created this maple balsamic salad dressing to go with our BLT salad. We knew that bacon and maple syrup are a match made in heaven, but didn't want a sickly sweet salad dressing, so figured the gentle acidity of a good balsamic vinegar would work well. It worked unbelievably well in fact!
I am itching to try this salad dressing on one of our paleo icecreams! It may sound crazy, but I think it would work surprisingly well - dare you to try it and let us know what you think in the facebook comment box at the bottom of the page!
Erm.... ok.... well it may surprise you to learn that maple syrup is actually a good source of zinc and manganese which is good to know, but of course it doesn't mean that you can go drinking it by the bottle load!
Olive oil provides some vitamin E and vitamin K.
Lemon juice is a great source of folate, potassium and vitamin C
Of course in a salad dressing you are getting such a small quantity of the ingredients that realistically you're getting very little in the way of nutrients, but not all food decisions should be made purely on the nutrient value - taste and enjoyment are key elements to a healthy life too!
If you want to add an extra something special to this salad dressing recipe, add in a tea spoon full of melted bacon fat, this works incredibly well over our BLT salad, but if you don't fancy that idea, don't worry, it still tastes amazing without this extra ingredient.
Now that summer is approaching here in the UK, we are looking forward to eating lots of delicious healthy salads outside on our little balcony. We are growing our own salad ingredients in containers, because nothing beats freshly picked, home grown food. It's about as hunter gatherer as we can get these days. Are you growing your own this year? Tell us about your experiences (good and bad) in the comment box below - we'd love to hear from you!