every day dressings for winter

December 8, 2016

Balance; both the idea of it and what it actually means in practice has been rolling through my thoughts recently. Like a stone with rough pocked edges, my mind seems wanton to tumble and turn balance into something smooth and polished; digestible, achievable. 

Perhaps it is the time of year, with each day feeling like it is accelerating faster than the previous one, and all with 25 December at the bottom of the funnel. I will admit I’m feeling a bit spun between the surmounting calendar of commitments before me. It doesn’t help that we are leaving on the 15 December to return to Ireland for the holidays, in away exasperating that feeling of shortness and tightness of time

Or perhaps it is that nagging, perpetual feeling of limbo I’ve been experiencing of late. Having lived the last year in a state of between may have caught up to me and may have even welled up an poured over a drop or two. Or maybe thats just due to the fact that in the last week there has been lots happening and the plaster was sanded in the city cottage and we ripped up the floor in the kitchen and now that the dust has settled ( literally all over everything) I have landed  in the doldrums of house renovation. Which is something everyone told me would happen, that it might stop being fun for a minute or two, and which I promptly dismissed. And still another part of me can’t help thinking  -“hey, this is just life, adapt, give in and jump on  if you are looking to find balance”.

But all in all, balance both in idea and practice, is a silvery slippery little thing. There one day or for a few weeks and then gone the next and applicable to may different facets of the everyday. And, it is very much  something of a personal measure. That is to say that each of our internal balasts is arranged slightly differently and there is not golden rule for finding and sustaining balance. Only that we need shift the internal balast if things seem a little off kilter, to slow down or speed up or step to one side or the other –

One thing I have found is that being able to make a few meals a week helps me find a good balance. And the mercurial individuality of balance does seem to manifest with a fairly good deal of clarity when it comes to food. What tastes balanced and delicious to some might be slightly too acidic or sweet for another. A pleasant hot might be a five alarm to the rest of the table.

For me, these dressings are balanced but think of them more as a guideline than a hard and fast. A place to start from versus the finish line – They are as easily at home on a holiday table as they are in the weeknight routine. Of my favorite quick meals, lots of leafy greens and some roasted veggies drizzled with one of these dressings is at the head of the list. As the dressings are intended to elevate and compliment, they go with everything from a simple bowl of fresh salad greens to roasted winter vegetables or drizzled over grain bowls packed with a bouquet of warm and cold vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, seeds and proteins.

I adore the mustard dressing tossed over a green salad with a mix of leafy red lettuces and roughly chopped parsley. The Miso dressing is lovely with sweet roasted carrots or mixed into the yolks for an interesting take on deviled eggs –

Miso Apple Cider salad dressing

  • 2 tbsp mild miso paste
  • 2 tbsp  + 1 tsp apple cider
  • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. In a medium bowl combine the miso, apple cider vinegar and water. Whisk well to combine making sure that there are no lumps of miso.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth whisk in the olive oil

drizzle immediately over desired dish or store in the fridge for up to a week. 

Mustard Dressing

  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  1. in a large bowl whisk together the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt & pepper.
  2. once they are combined slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified
  3. drizzle immediately over desired dish or store in the fridge for up to a week.


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