This honey lime dressing is sweet and creamy with a spicy hit of ginger (completely optional!). It’s perfect for your summer (or winter) salads!
Writing a food blog is an interesting dichotomy. My life is filled with food – cookbooks, cooking magazines, blogs, lists of recipes to make, food photos, and all the rich food that you could ever hope to try. Problem is that I think about food so much that a lot of times when it comes time to make the food I can’t bring myself to. We end up eating way too much indulgent food because that’s what we have around, and my mindful eating is shot (eating cuz you ate is strong around here).
One of my constant goals is to fit more fruits and vegetables into our diet. As much as I would love to be one of those organized ladies who keeps perfectly chopped up salad greens (I even have a tutorial about that), fruits, and other tasty veggies stored flawlessly in my fridge, ready to be grabbed at a moment’s notice, the reality is quite the opposite. I love fruits and vegetables – salad especially – but even when I take the time to pre-prep my salad greens I usually end up forgetting about them. Getting time to prep them is a rare occurrence; I work two jobs (ahem, behavior analyst and blogger) in addition to trying to enjoy my family, so I try to carve out time that I’m not busy each week. Heck, after making bread by hand for a good long while then buying bakery loaves for the past year, I caved this week and bought a bread maker. I am not too proud to use a machine.
One of the things that helps me remember to eat my greens is having some sort of fabulous dressing in the fridge. Homemade ranch and green goddess are two of my go-tos, but during the summer I want something to go with fruity salads. To me, spinach, arugula, and tender mixed greens pair perfectly with berries and peaches, and the whole combination needs a sweet and light dressing to complement it. Enter this creamy honey lime dressing. I didn’t want my honey lime dressing to be a vinaigrette; as much as I love vinaigrettes, sometimes I think the acid from the vinegar is a little much, and I wanted a creamy, not oil-based, dressing.
Turns out that Greek yogurt is a perfect base for a creamy honey lime dressing. I whisked together Greek yogurt, honey, lime zest and juice, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a hit of fresh ginger to make this sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy dressing. It is the perfect foil for the earthy flavor of the spinach in this salad (and would perfectly complement a plate of bitter, spicy arugula) and pairs deliciously with the sweet summer fruit. If you don’t want the spice, you could leave out the ginger, but honestly, it’s very understated (Philip would have liked more and I thought it was just perfect).
Try this creamy honey lime dressing on your fresh summery salads!
Yield: 1 1/4 cups dressing
5 minPrep Time:
5 minTotal Time:
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani whole milk Greek yogurt)
- 1/2 cup honey
- zest and juice of 1 lime (be sure to zest it before juicing it!)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (about a 2-inch piece, peeled) (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well-combined, or whisk together in a small bowl or jar. Store in a lidded bowl or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.