Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe

This Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe is a wonderful leap in the right direction, combining the fresh delightful flavors of fresh raspberries, blackberries, quality balsamic vinegar, garlic, Vidalia onions, pure organic honey, tarragon, and fresh sweet basil.

Fresh mixed berries are some of the healthiest foods on planet Earth. New research is constantly being published and those juicy sweet ripe berries are being recognized and analyzed for their health giving properties.Fresh Berries are extremely high in antioxidants.

fresh-mixed-berry-vinaigrette-recipeThose delicious tasting fresh organic blackberries I included in my Fresh Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Recipe are so much more than just powerful antioxidants. Blackberries are also extremely high in some of the highest forms of chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds: vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. They also have high levels of the soluble fiber known as pectin, a substance that studies link to lowered levels of cholesterol.  Continue reading


Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing is a beautiful minty colored green blast from the past made with plain Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Duke’s mayo, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and freshly ground pepper. It’s perfect for your Springtime freshly made salads.

It has been said in the past that Green Goddess Dressing’s origin points to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in 1923 when the hotel’s executive chef Philip Roemer wanted something to pay tribute to actor George Arliss and his hit play, The Green Goddess. He then concocted this dressing, which, like the play, became a hit.

I have to admit I am an avid collector of anything vintage, including recipes.This dressing is right up my alley and definitely a delicious blast from the past on a wonderful crisp and cool salad. I adore the natural minty tinted color as well as the flavor of this dressing.

Green goddess dressing

I bet a few of you are wondering a few things…

What is Chervil? : Chervil, aka French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.It is commonly used to season mild-flavored dishes and is a constituent of the French herb mixture fines herbs. Continue reading

Lemony Italian Dressing

Lemony Italian Salad Dressing is a wonderful lemony fresh tasting Italian Salad Dressing that has been passed down our family for years. It has such a zesty fresh taste combining  quality extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, Romano cheese, minced garlic, and an Italian herb blend.

Life is simply wonderful in the Florida Spring, the gardens are starting to roar and they are ripe for the plucking. It’s a bloggers dream state quite frankly, it’s also the perfect time to start concocting all the wonderful dressings that will be adding splendor to your lovely salads this season.

Lemony Italian Salad DressingIt’s a beautiful 85 degrees here in Sunny Haines City, Florida and I am pumped up to be able to show off a family favorite of ours to you all from the  McCallum Household, it’s my Lemony Italian Salad Dressing. This fabulous dressing is one we have used on my side of the family for years. Continue reading

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – DIY

My Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – DIY is one of the best Ranch Dressing recipes you’ll ever get your hands on to date; combining buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, fresh herbs such as chives, parsley,  dill weed, tarragon, and  basil. It’s so good your going to be giving away the store brand you’ve been using.

I’m a firm believer in Homemade Ranch Dressing; you can’t go wrong eliminating all those chemicals and preservatives the store brands contain….Can you? Absolutely not friends and loving readers.

I love Ranch Dressing and have been known to privately dump it on almost anything  if you don’t watch me, vegetables, meats, chips, pretzels and a few times a slice of pizza…Yes, I know that’s just plain crazy isn’t it?  I can’t help myself, I told you I love Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch DressingA little fact on Ranch Dressing:  Ranch dressing has been the nation’s best-selling salad topper since 1992 when it overtook Italian Salad Dressing in the United States. Can you believe that? I sure can because it’s my favorite go-to dressing for my vegetables and salads. Continue reading

Tomato Feta & Mint Salad

Tomato Feta & Mint Salad is a gorgeous yet simple salad to begin our lovely  pre-spring here in sunny Florida combining juicy and delicious red grape tomatoes and lovely yellow cocktail tomatoes with crisp sliced cucumbers, red salad onions, Feta and mint.

It’s a gorgeous day here in Sunny Haines City, Florida and I am harvesting some delicious tomatoes today and thinking  I am have a little spring breakout planned for the blog. It’s time loves, this Florida girl has waited long enough for everyone to thaw out up North.

Tomato Feta and Mint SaladThis Tomato Feta & Mint Salad was so simple to dream up today, all I had to do is look at my gorgeous little yellow cocktail tomatoes,  juicy red grape tomatoes and mint in my garden to know a fantastic salad idea when I see one. Continue reading

Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad

Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad is the perfect winter Fruit & vegetable salad of the season combining Florida’s delicious fresh ripe jewels of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, and stunning Blood oranges with the crisp clean taste of Fennel, shaved celery, Carrots and gorgeous Pomegranate seeds lightly dressed in Olive oil and Balsamic – Pomegranate vinaigrette. My recipe for  Fennel Citrus & Pomegranate Salad is so simple and delicious it’s almost deliriously ridiculous.

I have a little secret to share with some of you about ripe Florida Grapefruits —  they aren’t tart to the senses.  Ripe Florida Ruby Reds are the finest grapefruit in the world and come from Florida. The climate and fertile soil are uniquely suited to growing grapefruit with the distinctive delicate yet complex flavors found only in Florida. Ours are so sweet that many have as much sugar content as an orange

Fennel Citrus &  Pomegranate SaladGrapefruit storage tip: Grapefruits can be kept at room temperature for about a week, and will taste better when not chilled. If you want to keep them longer, put them in the fridge and you can get a few weeks out of them. Continue reading