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Fresh homemade dressings taste so much better than bottled ones and are fast to make!

This Italian dressing recipe is a simple blend of oil and vinegar with just the right touch of savory seasonings. It’s great for salads or even as a marinade for grilled chicken!

Keep this magical dressing on hand at all times to drizzle on cucumbers or even use as a bread dip!

Delicious Italian Dressing

A great homemade Italian salad dressing recipe is a must-have for every home cook, especially one that comes together as fast and easy as this one! So good on practically everything from salads to pasta, veggies, chicken, and fish, Italian dressing is as easy to make as it is versatile!Preservative, sugar-free, and absolutely delicious, this homemade dressing has the perfect blend of oil, vinegar, and savory spices.

Ingredients in Italian Dressing

Oil and vinegar make the base of any vinaigrette and this one is seasoned with a great blend of ingredients. This dressing is perfect over an Italian salad or simple greens.

Oil – When making salad dressing, vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil, or a light-tasting olive oil are great. Extra virgin olive oil can have a strong flavor so we opt for a lighter tasting oil in this recipe.

Vinegar – Red wine vinegar is our preferred vinegar in this recipe. Other options include white balsamic or white wine vinegar.

Other Additions – This recipe adds a dash of Dijon mustard for a zesty flavor while honey (or sugar) balances the vinegar. Both honey and dijon help to emulsify the base which means that the oil and vinegar will not separate.

Seasoning – I use a pinch of Italian seasoning as it has our favorite dried herbs including basil, oregano, parsley, and onion powder.

How to Make Italian Dressing

Homemade salad dressing surpasses any store-bought dressing because it’s made with fresh ingredients that can be adjusted to your preferences.

Whisk all ingredients (per the recipe below) except the oil.Very slowly drizzle the oil while whisking until it is incorporated.Season and use as desired.

How to Keep the Dressing from Separating

When mixing oil and vinegar, they will separate into layers. If the dressing is emulisfied the oil and vinegar should stay mixed together for a while.

The addition of Dijon and honey are added to help emulsify the dressing. For a dressing that holds together well, use a very simple technique when mixing the ingredients.

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl except for the oil. While whisking, drizzle the oil in very slowly. Continue whisking until all of the oil is incorporated.

The dressing can be shaken in a mason jar with a lid to mix, be sure to give it a really good shake for a couple of minutes if you don’t want it to separate.

Storing Leftover Dressing

Keep Italian dressing in the refrigerator and shake it thoroughly before using it (it will separate after sitting in the fridge). The flavor will intensify as it ages, but try to use it within 3 days for best results.

Freeze Italian dressing in ice cube trays and store them in a freezer bag. Pop one or two out to use in place of oil or butter in stir-fries; it’s already seasoned, too!

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Homemade Italian Dressing

This Italian dressing recipe is way better than store-bought! Italian seasonings are blended with dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and oil. Everything is better homemade!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 8 servings

½ cup vegetable oil (or use half olive oil, half vegetable oil)3 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 teaspoon dijon mustard1 teaspoon honey*½ teaspoon Italian seasoning½ teaspoon garlic powdersalt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients except oil to a bowl and whisk to combine.

Very slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking. This should take at least 1-2 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Serve over fresh greens. Makes about ⅔ cup.

This dressing will last 2 days in the fridge.
*You can use sugar in place of honey. Both honey and dijon mustard are emulsifiers meaning they will keep the mixture from separating. 
The slower you drizzle the oil, the better!
We love the addition of parmesan cheese but it will cause the dressing to separate so we prefer to add it to the salad instead of the dressing.
Nutrition information is based on 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing.

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Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 121 | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 7mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dressing, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean

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Easy Bruschetta With Tomatoes & Basil

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This easy bruschetta recipe is a family favorite and one that is frequently requested! It’s the perfect way to enjoy a bounty of summer tomatoes!

Fresh juicy tomatoes are diced and tossed with fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, and a splash of vinegar. It’s all spooned over garlic rubbed crostini. Perfection!

Make and serve this classic Italian-style appetizer before a meal or as a healthy snack!

What is Bruschetta?

When traveling around Italy I think I started every meal with bruschetta. I think the best bruschetta recipe is one that uses fresh ingredients and is kept simple. It takes me back to those little restaurants I miss so much.

Although we often associate the word bruschetta with the tomato topping, bruschetta refers to the preparation of the bread (cut, olive oil, and garlic rubbed), not the topping tomato topping.

Bruschetta is a classic Italian appetizer that is easy to prepare. Simply toast, rub bread slices with garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. The toppings can vary but often include fresh tomatoes & basil.

A Fresh & Flavorful Appetizer!

Garden-fresh bruschetta is perfect as an appetizer, a side dish, or a simple snack served with crostini and a glass of chilled white wine!Bruschetta topping is so versatile! Mix it into hot or cold pasta dishes, add it to pizza and focaccia, or mix it into an omelet. Serve over grilled chicken or fish.Use up leftovers of vegetables, meats, and cheeses, as bruschetta toppings, too!

Ingredients for Bruschetta

Tomatoes – The fresher the better! I often use Roma tomatoes as I like how they hold up but cherry tomatoes add a great pop of flavor too. While dicing the tomatoes, place them in a colander to drain.

Bread –Slices from a sturdy baguette hold the tasty toppings and soak up the marinade. Any bread as long as it’s thick will work. Try this recipe for homemade garlic bread, or this homemade French bread.

Marinade While some recipes use balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar is more traditional. Use a great quality extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

Extras – Finely diced cucumbers, minced red onion, slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, Greek olives, or parmesan cheese petals make bruschetta into a new appetizer every time!

How to Make Bruschetta

For the best flavor, rub the toast with fresh garlic, then drizzle it with olive oil before adding the topping.

Gently toss diced tomatoes and basil with the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir and let rest.Slice the bread, place it on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil per the recipe below. Bake in the oven until lightly toasted.Rub the warm bread with a clove of raw garlic. Top with tomato mixture and serve immediately. Optional garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Don’t Skip the Garlic!

Don’t skip rubbing the warm toasted baguette slices with fresh cloves of garlic. It adds so much flavor to this recipe. Once you try it, the garlicky warm toasts will be a go-to for dipping in soups, serving snacks, or even avocado toast!

Storing Bruschetta

Make the tomato mixture up to 4 hours in advance, the flavors will only get better! The toasts can be made ahead of time and stored in an air tight container. Ensure the bread is cooled before sealing or it won’t stay crisp. Leftover bread can be made into croutons. The tomato mixture will last up to 3 days. Add it to sour cream for a quick dip, fold into an omelette, or mix it into deviled eggs!

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Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

Fresh ripe tomatoes are tossed with fresh basil, then piled high on garlicky toasted bread.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 3 minutes

Resting Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes

Servings 12 servings

20-24 ounces fresh tomatoes (4-5 roma tomatoes or 3-4 regular tomatoes), diced small¼ cup fresh basil chopped finely2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon red wine vinegar1 clove garlic minced½ teaspoon each salt & pepper (or to taste)

For Serving

1 baguette2 tablespoons olive oil or to taste1 clove fresh garlic for toast

Dice tomatoes about ¼” and lightly drain.

Mix all ingredients and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

Slice the baguette, brush with olive oil, and toast or grill until lightly browned about 2-4 minutes.

Rub each toasted slice baguette with a clove of raw garlic. Top with tomato mixture.

A sprinkle of parmesan cheese can be added to the bread before baking.
Lightly drain tomatoes in a strainer to keep the bruschetta from becoming watery.
Balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze can be drizzled over top if desired. We prefer this recipe without balsamic. 
Nutrition is based on a serving size of ¼ cup per serving. This recipe makes about 3 cups.Tomato mixture can be made up to 8 hours in advance.
The tomato mixture will last up to 3 days. 

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Calories: 105 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Lunch, Party Food, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian

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Cheesy Broccoli Bites

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Cheesy broccoli bites are the delicious snack or side dish that everyone loves!

Loaded with rice, broccoli, two kinds of cheese, and a handful of savory seasonings, these broccoli egg bites are powerhouses full of flavor and goodness!

Prep as a side dish or as a quick savory snack or lunch.

Why We Love Broccoli Bites

This super simple recipe is so versatile! Use up any small amounts of leftover veggies, beans, rice, or meat in this recipe!A little bit like egg bites meet broccoli rice casserole, these are really yummy.These easy homemade bites are healthy & make great after-school snacks before practice!Grab and go, anyone? Energizing broccoli bites are loaded with protein, dairy, and tons of veggies so they make the perfect breakfast, lunch, or post-workout snacks!

Ingredients for Broccoli Bites

Broccoli – Fresh or frozen broccoli works, ensure it is cooked to tender crisp and drained well. Chop broccoli fine enough so it blends well with the other ingredients.

Rice – Any kind of cooked rice will work in this recipe! White or brown rice, cauliflower rice, or any leftover rice, orzo, or even small macaroni noodles can be added to the mix!

Cheeses – Sharp cheddar cheese has a strong flavor that goes with anything! Add your favorites from mozzarella, crumbled feta, or Monterey jack.

Seasonings – Dry mustard and garlic powder keep this recipe simple and flavorful. Experiment with a DIY blend like this southwestern blend, or this extra spicy Cajun blend.

Variations

Make savory broccoli bites and add other veggies from your fridge like red or green diced bell peppers, chopped olives, sundried tomatoes, or leftover roast vegetables.

Small amounts of diced ham, shredded chicken, or bacon bits can be added. Top with a buttery panko topping for a crunchy finish!

How to Make Broccoli Bites

Cheesy broccoli and rice bites are as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Boil broccoli until it is tender-crisp. Cool completely and chop into small pieces. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.Load prepared muffin tins evenly with broccoli & rice mixture and bake (per recipe below) until crispy on top.

PRO TIP: Push a small cube of cheddar cheese in the center of each muffin before baking for extra cheesiness!

Tips for Cheesy Crispy Bites

Make sure all of the pieces are cut small so the bites stay together while they bake.Grease the muffin tins very well or use silicone or parchment liners, since the rice can make these really stick!For best results, avoid overbaking broccoli bites. When pulled from the oven, they will continue to cook a little (this is called carryover cooking). If you’ve greased the pan instead of using liners, run a butter knife along the edges of the cups while they’re still warm and let them cool before removing from the package.Keep leftover cheesy broccoli bites in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy them as-is or reheat.Wrap individual broccoli bites in plastic wrap and freeze them in a zippered bag for up to 4 weeks. Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

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Broccoli Bites

In this recipe, egg bites meet cheesy broccoli casserole in a hand-held broccoli rice bite.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 8 broccoli cups

2 cups cooked rice white or brown rice2 cups broccoli florets2 eggs2 ounces spreadable cream cheese about ¼ cup1 cup cheddar cheese shredded3 tablespoons sour cream2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese½ teaspoon dry mustard½ teaspoon garlic powdersalt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli and cook until tender-crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Drain very well and chop into small pieces. Cool completely.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Grease a muffin tin very well or line with muffin liners (*see note). Gently divide the rice mixture over 8 muffin wells.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and browned on top.

Gently run a knife around the edges of each broccoli rice cup to loosen. Let cool in the pan at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Option: If you have extra cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes and press into the center of each bite.
Make sure all of the pieces are cut small so the bites stay together while they bake.
Grease the muffin tins very well or use silicone or parchment liners, since the rice can make these really stick!
For best results, avoid overbaking broccoli bites. When pulled from the oven, they will continue to cook a little (this is called carryover cooking).
If you’ve greased the pan instead of using liners, run a butter knife along the edges of the cups while they’re still warm and let them cool before removing from the package.
Keep leftover cheesy broccoli bites in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy them as-is or reheat.
Wrap individual broccoli bites in plastic wrap and freeze them in a zippered bag for up to 4 weeks. Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

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Serving: 1g | Calories: 167 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

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Cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster are always the first thing to disappear!

This copycat recipe makes light and buttery biscuits with that signature cheesy garlic flavor! Enjoy them fresh and warm from the oven or for a snack the next day.

Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Who doesn’t love a fun copycat recipe? We love them just as much as we love Red Lobster biscuits!Make them from scratch or save a few steps and use a box of Bisquick biscuit mix as a base!This cheddar bay biscuit recipe is light and fluffy with that buttery garlic flavor we love so much!Quick and easy to make, Cheddar Bay biscuits go with anything! Enjoy them fresh out of the oven, dunk them into soup or chili, or use them as buns for a breakfast sandwich!

Ingredients

While you can purchase Red Lobster biscuit mix, they’re so easy (and less expensive) to make at home with mainly pantry ingredients.

Biscuit Dough – Like most drop biscuits, these can be made from scratch with a little flour, baking soda and powder, sugar, and as much or as little garlic powder as you like!

Shortcut Tip – If you’re looking for a shortcut, use biscuit mix (like Bisquick) and follow the directions for drop biscuits. Use the topping below for that Red Lobster biscuit flavor.

Cheese – Cheddar Bay biscuits wouldn’t be the same without heaps of sharp cheddar cheese, but experiment with a mix of cheddar and Swiss, or cheddar and bleu cheese crumbles.

Buttery Topping – This is where the magic is! Melted butter,

Feel free to mix in other seasonings to match the meal! For chili night, make spicy biscuits using homemade taco seasoning, or some zesty cajun seasoning. Mix in some chopped black olives, green onions, bacon bits, diced ham, or even jalapenos!

How to Make Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in cold butter (per the recipe below). Stir in milk and cheese. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown on top.Melt butter, add seasonings & fresh parsley. Brush over the warm biscuits.

What to Serve with Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Red Lobster cheddar biscuits are delicious on their own and pair perfectly with seafood dishes. Try them next to easy grilled salmon, asparagus salmon foil packets, easy baked tilapia (or cod), shrimp etouffee, or creamy seafood chowder.

Turn this recipe into a filling skillet chicken & biscuits recipe or use them to dunk into any soup recipe.

Leftover Biscuits?

Keep leftover Cheddar Bay biscuits in an airtight container or freezer bag at room temperature for up to 4 days. Enjoy them as is, or reheat them in the microwave. Freeze biscuits in zippered bags for up to 2 months.

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Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Tender flaky cheddar bay biscuits are loaded with buttery garlic flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Servings 12 Biscuits

Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon sugar½ teaspoon garlic powder¼ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon salt1 cup milk more if needed⅓ cup cold butter¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Garlic Butter

¼ cup butter melted1 teaspoon dried parsley½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon Italian seasoning optional

Preheat the oven to 400°F

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add butter and mix with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly and the butter pieces are about the size of peas.

Stir in milk and cheddar cheese

Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment lined pan

Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

While biscuits are baking, combine melted butter, parsley, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning if using.

Remove from oven and let cool 3 minutes.

Brush warm biscuits with butter mixture and serve warm.

To make with biscuit mix, combine the following:2 cups biscuit mix or Bisquick, 2 tablespoons softened butter,  ⅔ cup cold milk, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Prepare and bake as directed above. Brush with melted Garlic Butter as above.

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Calories: 195 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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