Dijon Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is one of my basic “house” dressings – works on so many salads.  Want a little something extra on your grilled vegetables?  Toss them in a little bit of this before and after grilling – you won’t believe the flavour boost!

1 tsp sugar                                       

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, halved

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients together well – give it a good shake and toss in your salad.

If you make a double or even triple batch it stores well in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Quinoa Couscous Salad

Here we go again – salads without exact measurements, but a general idea.  Recipes are really just ideas on a sheet of paper, what is important is taking them and making them your own – use ingredients that you love!

equal portions of cooked quinoa and couscous

quartered and thinly sliced cucumber

chopped tomato

chopped black olive

diced red onion

feta cheese

fresh basil, mint and dill

salt and pepper

DRESSING

juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

6 tbsp good quality olive oil

1 generous tsp dijon mustard

1 garlic clove

salt and pepper to taste

Toss all salad ingredients together first and allow to sit for a few minutes while you mix up the dressing.  Whisk all dressing ingredients together, and toss with salad … TASTE for salt and pepper, and only add as needed – remember the olives and the feta cheese are salty all by themselves!