salads

Three Easy Salad Dressings

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We eat salads almost every day. It can get quite boring if you aren’t getting creative. Fortunately, we have all kinds of preserves to spice things up. Switching up your proteins, veggies, and fats in a salad are all helpful in fighting salad fatigue, but one of the easiest ways is salad dressing!

Did you know you can use pickle brine, jam, and mustards in your dressings? It’s our favorite way to experiment with new flavors! We created 3 dressings for you today: Ginger Beet Dressing feat. Ginger Beets brine, Strawberry Balsamic Dressing feat. Peppered Strawberry Jam , and Sweet German Dressing feat. Sweet German mustard. All of these dressings have 3 to 4 ingredients and are so tasty you’ll be whipping some up every day!

For all dressings:


• 4 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 2 TB specified vinegar

• 1 TB of specified other ingredient

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Mix together EVOO, Balsamic vinegar and Peppered Strawberry jam in a mason jar. Shake until mixed and serve.

This would be delicious on a salad with fresh fruit, feta cheese, and walnuts!

Sweet German Dressing

Mix together EVOO, Red Wine Vinegar, and Sweet German beer mustard in a mason jar. Shake until mixed and serve.

This would be delicious on a salad with steak, green olives, fresh tomatoes, and sharp cheese!

Ginger Beet Dressing

Mix together EVOO, Red Wine Vinegar, and Ginger Beet brine in a mason jar. Shake until mixed and serve.

This would be delicious on a salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, walnuts, and some extra Ginger Beets on top!

Pickled Okra Bruschetta

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Looking for a quick delicious snack or party food? Pickled Okra Bruschetta is your answer! It's incredibly easy to make and totally drool worthy.

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To create the Pickled Okra Bruschetta you need:

  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup of red onion minced finely 
  • 1/4 cup of basil leaves minced finely
  • 5 pieces of Sriracha Peppered Okra cut into rounds
  • 2 tb of olive oil
  • 1 tb balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, basil, okra, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix well with a spoon.
  3. You can eat it as a salad or on top of toasts!
  4. Enjoy!
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If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!

Celery + Fennel Salad with Caramel Apple Sea Salt Vinaigrette & Bacon

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I'm sure you're like "Another salad recipe?!", but I just can't help myself guys! Each week we have a staff meal and I inevitably  add a salad to the menu. The girls in the kitchen all told me that I'm the queen of salads, and that's just fine by me. Like I told you last time I can't stop nibbling on greens! In the fall and winter I like to add warm cozy flavors to my salads like sweet potato, butternut squash, pumpkin and pecans! For this salad I chose walnuts, fennel and our Caramel Apple + Sea Salt Jam. Now I know this jam is typically a sweet dessert style jam, but it makes such a unique and delicious vinaigrette! 

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To create the Celery + Fennel Salad with Caramel Apple Sea Salt Vinaigrette & Bacon you need:

  • 6 Cups of baby mixed greens
  • 1 bulb of fennel sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 2 sticks of celery sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 1 granny smith apple peeled, and sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • 1/2 cup of roasted walnuts
  • 1/2 pound of bacon fried and crumbled into bits
  • 4 oz olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 4 thyme sprigs 
  • 2 tb of Caramel Apple + Sea Salt Jam

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add lettuce, fennel, celery, apple, walnuts and bacon. Toss!
  2. In one of my left over 1/2 pint mason jars I added the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic clove, the leaves from the thyme sprigs and the Caramel Apple Sea Salt Jam. Then I put on the lid and shook it like crazy! 
  3. Next I dressed the salad and tossed it again. Each person kinda likes a different amount of dressing so if you have left overs that's cool too! 
  4. That's it! Enjoy! For me this salad served 5 of us in a normal sized salad bowl.
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If you've had a chance to use our preserves in a dish or want to share a canning recipe with us use hashtag #theurbancanningco and find us on Instagram @theurbancanningco. To see a list of our markets and events head over to our Market's + Events page or Shop Online! Cheers!