A crisp salad drizzled with a bit of dressing makes a great side...

or toss in some protein, like shrimp or chicken, and you have an actual meal. In our home we include a small side salad with every dinner. Yes, even our kids eat salad. To dress the salad I have always preferred to make my own dressing. My family enjoys my homemade salad dressings as well.

Homemade salad dressings often include ingredients that you have on hand in your pantry or in the refrigerator. A homemade dressing will always provide fresher taste that beats the traditional jarred dressings. Best of all, they are very easy to make.

When deciding on a dressing for a salad, I’ll sometimes opt for a simple drizzle of oil and vinegar, but other times the additional flavor punch in a homemade dressing can take a salad from good to great. Homemade salad dressings can be sweet, tart or spicy - but always flavorful.

This Peach Punch Dressing uses Tampico peach punch, a juice the family enjoys to drink. Knowing the flavor is enjoyed, I decided to use it in a homemade salad dressing. I used it as the sweetness to a dressing. This homemade dressing works especially well with a spinach salad since the nuttiness of the spinach greens mixed with the sweetness of the dressing can make every bite irresistible and savory.

I make one or two batches of the Peach Punch Dressing and keep it the refrigerator for a week or so.

Peach Punch Dressing

Ingredients for a small serving. I tripled to have sufficient for the week.

2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup Tampico Peach Punch

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

Fresh cracked black pepper

Whisk all ingredients in bowl. Be sure to dissolve the mustard as well as possible. Carefully transfer to a salad dressing container or other container with a tight fitting lid. Shake up the dressing before serving.

Spinach Salad

Ingredients

1 Bag of Organic Spinach

5 Slices of crumbled bacon or 1/2 jar of real bacon bits

1/2 cup of blueberries

1/2 red onion, sliced or chopped

Peach Punch Dressing, as much as you need to properly dress.

Mix all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Serve immediately.

Look to other sweet Tampico juices to use in this dressing. Substitute the Peach Punch with another juice and see how you enjoy it!