Category Archives: DIPS, SAUCES AND DRESSINGS

Pomegranate Vinaigrette

pomegranate
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon pomegranate vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
pinch of nutmeg and salt
*Garnish salad with pomegranate seeds

Mix all ingredients and serve or refrigerate

FYI: There is no doubt that the pomegranate fruit is a super food due to is large amount of beneficial ingredients. High in vitamin C, the pomegranate contains other vitamins such as vitamin B5, vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition it is chock full of minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron which add to its many health benefits. The seeds within the pomegranate are also a great source of fiber. With three times as many antioxidant properties as some other antioxidant rich foods, the pomegranate has many polyphenols such as tannins, flavonoids, anthocyanins, catechins, and ellagic acid. These phytochemicals enhance the pomegranate fruits ability to minimize the effects of aging, tissue damage and disease. This softball shaped fruit packs a punch with its low calories and high nutritional value.

Blueberry Vinaigrette

blueberry
1/4 cup pomegranate vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh blueberries and handful for topping
 
In an mixing bowl add balsamic and olive oil. Smash blueberries and mix well into dressing. Refrigerate and serve. Garnish salad with blueberries
 
 
 
FYI; Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. The color of blueberries, from deep blue to purple, is caused by a group of flavonoids called anthocyanins, which have remarkable antioxidant power.
Laboratory tests suggest that anthocyanins may help to prevent degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and memory loss.
Blueberry anthocyanins may protect humans and animals from the effects of a condition known as oxidative stress, which underlies the common disorders associated with aging. Oxidative stress increases with high fat meals and with exposure to environmental toxins.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

strawberry

1 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon mint or basil or 1 tablespoon if fresh
salt and fresh black pepper

Blend all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Toss with your favorite salad or on top of any meat

FYI; Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits to include in your diet. Strawberries are full of antioxidants and other essential nutrients that can flavorfully help you reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, inflammatory diseases, and birth defects as well as mouthwateringly manage your weight. Here are the bountiful health benefits of strawberries.

Caribbean Cocktail Sauce – Recipe


1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup catsup
1 tablespoon horseradish or hot sauce
2 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 tablespoon mince celery
1 tablespoon fresh black pepper
salt

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for 25 minutes or until serving. Makes about 3/4 cup.

*Great with any seafood or on top tostones

*Growing up in Puerto Rico has given me the urge to change the traditional cocktail sauce with a caribbean twist.

Sonia's Basil Sauce

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon herbs the provence
1 garlic cloves
salt and fresh crushed pepper

Blend all the ingredients, pour in a glass cup. Use on top of you favorite poultry, meat or just as dipping sauce for fresh vegetables. Makes about 3/4 cup