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soup up  your salad eat your greens and like them too by Yee-Fan Sun 1 2
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How to make your own garlic croutons
¼ cup olive oil or butter
4 fat cloves of garlic, lightly crushed and peeled
4-6 thick slices of bread (stale is good), cut into cubes

Heat the oil/butter in a skillet and sauté the garlic over medium-high heat until lightly golden and aromatic. Remove the garlic. Lower the heat a bit and stir in the bread cubes, cooking until the cubes are nicely brown all over. Remove from heat, add salt to taste, and let cool completely. If you’re not using them straight away, place in a tightly-covered container and store at room temp for up to a week or so.

For low-fat croutons, rub stale bread with a cut piece of garlic, cube and bake at 300F for about 10 minutes or so.

5 homemade dressing
It’s not that you can’t get a good salad dressing from a bottle. But the vast majority of ready-made salad dressings are such a mishmash of clashing herbs, goopy thickeners, and scary ingredients with unpronounceable names that they have a tendency to overpower the naturally good, fresh flavors of a well-balanced salad. Have a bottle or two of good-quality dressing on hand for those days where you’re just too lazy to mix up your own. But on those days where you want something just a little more special, take a couple of minutes – it doesn’t take much longer that that – to make up some dressing from scratch. Trust me: your tastebuds will thank you for it.
basic vinaigrette
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. minced shallot or garlic
1 Tbsp. honey
1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil, to taste
salt + pepper to taste

balsamic vinaigrette
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard (optional)
1 tbsp. minced shallot or garlic
2 tsps. honey
salt + pepper to taste
1/3 –1/2 cup olive oil

honey lemon dressing
1 medium lemon
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1-2 Tbsp honey, depending upon how tart or sweet you like it
2 large cloves garlic, minced
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


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