Fit for a holiday DIY gift, these herb infused vinegars make delicious salad dressings and are perfect for helping build up the immune system during the winter months.
I love a good salad dressing. Like my vegan green goddess dressing. YUM. Because salads deserve to be jazzed up every now and again.
And if a salad dressing can give me some extra health benefits? Well, thats a win win in my book.
A few weeks back, I attended a workshop about herbs for winter wellness and immunity led by a local herbalist. She talked about a handful of different herbs and their health properties for preventing and treating the cold and flu. I started making my own herbal tea blend the last few weeks when I came down with a cold and then Steve picked up a virus so I decided to keep up the routine to ward off the nasty virus he had. I’ve been using lemon balm, sage, and holy basil. But tea is only one way to extract the nutritive properties from these herbs, you can use other solvents like honey and VINEGAR!
And when you use vinegar as your solvent of choice, you have an awesome salad dressing ready and raring to grace your salad plate.
I love the look of infused oils and vinegars and have enjoyed purchasing these as holiday gifts in the past. But I’ve never made them myself! Decided this was the year to DIY it up.
Gifting these in a vinegar bottle with some red and white twine and a tag goes a long way to make this a festive gift.
- Dried herb of choice (I recommend lemon balm or sage)
- Apple cider vinegar
- Vinegar bottles for storing
- Fill bottles halfway with dried herb.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with apple cider vinegar.
- Store for 2-4 weeks in a dark, cool place. Give a quick shake of the bottle daily.
- Strain vinegar. Store in the refrigerator.
You can use other types of vinegar too such as red wine vinegar.
Toss your salad with these infused vinegars and a little extra virgin olive oil for a delicious salad dressing!
Your Secret Santa is gonna LOVEEEE you this year!
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