Honey, Ginger and Lime Dressing

Honey, Ginger and Lime Dressing

Honey, Ginger, Lime Dressing

 Add a zesty change of pace to your next salad with sweet honey, sassy ginger and a touch of tangy lime.  

I decided to try this dressing on one of my favorite salads an Organic Spring Mix lettuce, chopped walnuts, apple (or pear) chunks with a sprinkling of chopped mint and feta cheese. I was blown away. The ginger really brings it alive and the lime gives it a tang that l just can't get enough of not to mention the special sweetness of the honey.

Ginger Honey Dressing can be very light especially if you use MCT unflavored coconut oil. If you like a thicker dressing you can use a vegetable oil or other oil of your choice. It's also great for dipping bread into, as well as on summer salads, or even generously poured on baked chicken - yum!

A Flavor Note About Honey:   

I used a raw, local clover honey for this dressing recipe and the floral taste from the honey was very prominent. Keep this in mind when using different honey from different sources, it will change the flavor of your dressing depending on which one you use. For example, if you use Orange Blossom honey it will add that flavor. I suggest experimenting with different flavors to find your favorites.

The Recipe

 Prep:

5-10 minutes

 Cook:

None

 Ready:

5-10 minutes

 Great With:

Salads, Dips, Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons - MCT Oil (unflavored Coconut) for a thinner dressing. OR, Vegetable, or other oil for a thicker dressing
  • 1- 2 tablespoons - Lime Juice (depending on preference)
  • 1- 2 tablespoons - Honey (clover or wildflower) (depending on preference)
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon - Ground Ginger (depending on preference)

Directions

Prep:  Because honey is thick it can be difficult to combine easily with other ingredients. Here's a few tips to make cooking with honey less frustrating:

  1. Use a measuring cup with a spout for mixing because the thickness of honey makes shaking the ingredients together next to impossible. Plus, the spout will make it easier to pour into a narrow dressing container.
  2. Warm your measuring cup (glass, pyrex, or plastic) before you pour the ingredients in it. The warmed container helps the honey thin out a bit making it easier to mix with the other ingredients. Fill the cup with hot water and let it sit for a couple of minutes to allow the cup to thoroughly warm up, then empty the water out.  Pour all ingredients into the cup and mix before it cools off too much.
  3. Use an electric hand mixer for combining the ingredients. An electric hand mixer will not only thoroughly mix the honey and other ingredients together more efficiently, but will give the dressing an even consistency. You can use a regular wisk or even a fork, but an electric mixer or an electric hand mixer will do it far quicker.

Step 1: Pour all ingredients into the warmed measuring cup. 

Step 2: Blend with a wisk until completely mixed and smooth. 

Step 3: Let rest for 5-10 minutes for all the ingredients to merge. 

Step 4: Pour over salad or put into your favorite container. Be sure to give it a quick stir or shake before serving.

Makes about 1/3 cup dressing

120 calories per tablespoon.

 

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The Recipe

Prep:

10 minutes

Cook:

20-25 minutes

Ready:

36 minutes

Great With:

Salad, Soup, Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten

Directions

Prep:

  • Preheat Oven to 400º F (200 C).  Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch square baking pan.
  • Fresh honey is much thicker than commercial honey.  Boil water and pour it in the medium sized bowl that will be used for the liquids, and set it aside. This helps the thick honey to melt and mix with the other ingredients easier.
  • I recommend using an electric mixer.

Step 1:   In a large bowl, wisk  together dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt) and set aside.

Step 2:   In the medium bowl:

  • Empty the hot water from the pre-warmed medium bowl.
  • Immediately pour the honey and oil into the bowl and beat with mixer until well blended before the bowl cools off too much.
  • Add the milk and eggs and blend until everything is of one consistency. 

Step 3:   Pour liquids into bowl of dry ingredients and mix together until combined.

Step 4:   Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Top with raw sugar before baking for a nice crystalized sugar topping

Step 5:   Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Don't over-bake it or it will be dry.  Check for doneness at 20 minutes by inserting a toothpick into center of the bread; when it comes out clean, the cornbread is done - if not, let it cook 2-3 minutes more but that's it.

I like to spread butter on it and drizzle it with more honey when I eat it for breakfast. Yum!

Ideas and Variations

Honeycomb Shaped Cornbread

  • Honeycomb Metal molds are available at Nordic Ware
  • Honeycomb Silicone molds are available on Amazon

Round Pan and Muffin Shapes

  • Bake with cast-iron skillet or muffin tins in the oven.
  • Great for on-the-go breakfast

Add Fruit and Nuts

  • Fruit: Add 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, blueberries or whatever your preference. If using frozen fruit, be sure that it's thawed and drained.
  • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, etc.

 

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