Category: Sauces and Dressings

Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It’s easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.
Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It's easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.

I love to use garlic-infused olive oil in various recipes, like vegetables, salad dressings, etc. For several years I have bought bottles of it from a local olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room near our home. Well, I ran out of it a couple months ago, and discovered my local store had gone out of business… uh oh. POOF… it is gone! That made me very sad.

I knew of no other stores close to my home (worth making a separate trip to), so I decided to make some myself. Guess what my research showed me? The process is easy, and the resulting garlic-infused olive oil tastes wonderful! In only a few minutes, I had a great tasting copycat for the product I was used to buying, it costs a lot less, AND I made it in my own kitchen. Here’s how simple it is:

Photo showing inside of our local olive oil and vinegar tasting room.

Prepare The Fresh Garlic Cloves

To make your own garlic-infused olive oil, it’s important to use FRESH garlic, and a good quality olive oil. I do not recommend jarred or canned minced garlic for this recipe. Trust me- you want to use fresh garlic for the very best flavor!

Peel all the paper peel/skin off of the garlic cloves. This recipe yields 1 cup of infused olive oil, so you will need between 6-8 large garlic cloves (I used 6). Place one peeled clove at a time under the flat, wide blade of a large kitchen knife.

Pound the flat, broad side of the knife hard, with the ball of your hand, to smash the garlic clove underneath. It should only take one “pounding” to flatten and split the clove open. Repeat with the other cloves, one at a time.

Cloves of garlic must be stripped of the papery thin skin covering.Smashing each clove of garlic with the broad flat side of a knife.

Infusing Garlic Into The Oil

Once you have “flattened” each of the garlic cloves, place them in a small saucepan with one cup of olive oil. Turn the heat to LOW, and let the oil cook for 5 minutes.

The garlic cloves have each been smashed with the knife to release the flavor.Cooking the smashed garlic cloves with olive oil.

The oil will begin to slightly boil as it is heated. The flattened garlic cloves will release their aromatic flavor into the hot oil. This is how it becomes garlic-“infused” olive oil. When done, use a slotted spoon to remove the browned, crispy garlic cloves from the oil. You can discard the garlic cloves, or use them in any other way you choose.

Garlic-infused olive oil is cooking away in the pan.The crispy garlic cloves are removed from the garlic-infused olive oil.

Preparing Garlic-Infused Olive Oil For Bottling/Storage

After removing the garlic, you’ll probably have some leftover “crispy bits” left in the pan with the olive oil. You will need to strain the oil, once it has cooled, in order to remove them.

Place a small wire mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup, and carefully pour the infused oil through the strainer into the container. Any tiny bits of crispy garlic will now have been removed from your oil.

Once the olive oil is completely cooled, pour it through a funnel into the bottle or jar that you will be storing the oil in. Olive oil should be stored (covered), away from direct sunlight, in a dark, cool location. I keep ours in the pantry cupboard, and try to use it within 12-18 months.

The olive oil is strained into a cup to remove any small crispy garlic pieces.A funnel is used to add the garlic-infused olive oil to a bottle for storage.

That’s it… now you have 8 ounces of delicious, garlic-infused olive oil to pan-sear meats, use in salad dressings, or vegetable stir-frys, etc.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have the opportunity to try infusing olive oil, and trust you will find it convenient to have in your own kitchen. The printable recipe card is below, for your convenience. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Need Garlic-Infused Olive Oil for a recipe? It's easy to make your own in minutes (with 2 ingredients), for salad dressings, veggies, & other dishes.

Category: Condiments
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: garlic-infused olive oil
Servings: 1 cup
Calories Per Serving: 218 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup olive oil extra virgin or regular
  • 6-8 large FRESH garlic cloves do NOT use canned or jarred minced garlic
Instructions
  1. Remove paper/skin off garlic cloves. Place one peeled clove at a time under the flat, wide blade of a large kitchen knife. Pound the flat, broad side of the knife hard, with the ball of your hand, to smash garlic clove underneath. Repeat with remaining cloves, one at a time.

  2. Place one cup of olive oil in a small saucepan. Add smashed garlic cloves. Turn heat to LOW, and cook for 5 minutes. When done, use a slotted spoon to remove browned, crispy garlic cloves from oil. Discard cloves.

  3. Strain oil, to remove any remaining crispy bits in oil. Place a wire mesh strainer over a bowl or measuring cup; carefully pour oil through strainer into container. Once oil has completely cooled, pour it through a funnel into a bottle or jar that you will be storing the oil in. Store oil (covered), away from sunlight, in a dark, cool location; and try to use it within 12-18 months.

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made using extra virgin olive oil.  One cup of oil will yield approx.16 Tablespoons. Each Tablespoon of this oil is approximately 13.62 calories. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Greek Salad Dressing

Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.
Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

If you’re looking for a great tasting salad dressing that is perfect to drizzle on any mixed green salad, may I suggest this one? The recipe makes a small batch (enough for 4 small servings). It’s a great way to compliment any salad (especially a GREEK salad!). This salad dressing can be made easily in just a few minutes, and I think you will really enjoy it.

What’s In The Salad Dressing?

The ingredients for the salad dressing are olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chopped kalamata olives. Kalamata olives are a type of Greek olive, that have a wonderful, tangy flavor, and add tons of flavor to the dressing. YUM.

Getting the ingredients ready to make the salad dressing.

How To Make This Easy Greek Salad Dressing

Finely chop the pitted kalamata olives. You want them fairly small. The recipe only used 6 olives, but let me tell you, they will add a LOT of flavor to the salad dressing. You can store the rest of the jar of olives in the refrigerator for another batch later on!

Add the chopped olives, and the rest of the ingredients to a small jar or container with a lid. One “small batch” of this salad dressing is only about 1/3 of a cup, so you won’t need a large container, unless you plan to double or triple the recipe.

Kalamata olives are finely chopped, and add great flavor to this salad dressing.The ingredients for the easy Greek salad dressing are placed in a sealed container.

Cover the jar or container, and (holding the lid on), shake the easy Greek salad dressing vigorously for about a minute. This will allow the sugar to dissolve, and the oil and vinegar to emulsify, and “come together”. That’s IT! See how EASY that was?

Pour the easy Greek salad dressing over a wonderful Greek salad OR you can use it on any mixed green salad that you enjoy.

After shaking the jar, the Greek salad dressing is emulsified and ready to use.Drizzle the salad dressing over a favorite Greek salad.

Storing The Salad Dressing

Store any leftover dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator. The olive oil may solidify once chilled, but all you need to do is remove the jar from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before using again. It will return to room temperature, and then just give it a few good shakes before using.

The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled if that is more convenient for you.  The yield from this small batch is approximately 1/3 cup, which is enough for several side salads (1 Tablespoon per side salad), or one large salad.

Store the easy Greek salad dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Hope you enjoy this delicious salad dressing. I enjoy keeping a small batch around for variety, and just used it last evening on a delicious mixed green salad. It’s really good! Thank you for stopping by, and I truly hope you enjoy your day.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few easy salad dressing recipes, including:

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Original recipe source: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/04/greek-salad/

Easy Greek Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

Category: Condiment, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: easy Greek salad dressing
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 135 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 6 kalamata olives , pitted / finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 pinches ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a small jar or container with a secure lid. NOTE: If doubling or tripling recipe, use larger container.

  2. Cover the jar or container, and (holding the lid on securely), shake the salad dressing vigorously for about a minute. This allows the sugar to dissolve, and the oil and vinegar to emulsify, and "come together".

  3. Serve, and enjoy on your favorite Greek or mixed green salad! Store any leftover salad dressing in covered container in refrigerator. NOTE: After refrigerating, the olive oil will slightly thicken. Let salad dressing sit at room temperature 15 minutes before serving, to allow it to thin out again. Shake or stir dressing to re-blend, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Greek Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1.5 Tablespoons)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 240mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 24IU0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make Easy Greek Salad Dressing in under 5 minutes. Use this delicious dressing (w/ chopped kalamata olives) on a favorite Greek or mixed green salad.

Orange Herb Vinaigrette

It’s EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.
It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

If you’re looking for a new salad dressing that has a ton of flavor, may I suggest this orange herb vinaigrette? I originally found it in a recipe I was trying a few years ago, and have made this salad dressing many times since then.

It only takes a few minutes to throw together, which is another win-win for busy folks, and it tastes great on orzo or couscous salads, as well as on a chilled mixed green salad. YUMMO! Here’s how to make this simple dressing:

Ingredients Needed For Orange Herb Vinaigrette

To make this orange herb vinaigrette you will need the following ingredients (shown below). They are oil, white wine vinegar, an orange, honey, and some dried spices (turmeric, tarragon, thyme, salt & pepper).

I typically use vegetable oil for this vinaigrette, but you can substitute canola or grapeseed oil, as well, for the same great taste. It’s also helpful to have a microplane (seen in photo below) to finely grate or “zest” the orange peel.

TIP: If you don’t have access to a microplane zester, no problem… use the smallest opening on a box grater. The orange “zest” is added, in addition to the juice of the orange, for an abundance of citrus flavor.

The ingredients needed to make the vinaigrette salad dressing.

Mix Up The Vinaigrette

Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t mean “confuse the vinaigrette” when I say “mix up the vinaigrette”. OK? OK. Just makin’ sure we’re on the same page here (wink, wink).

Anyways… place all the ingredients EXCEPT for the salt and pepper into a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified.

To “emulsify” salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit. Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully incorporate the vinegar and oil, which are pretty standard ingredients.

Once the orange herb vinaigrette is fully mixed, it is ready to use on the salad.

Ready To Serve!

Once the vinaigrette has emulsified, season it lightly to taste, with the salt and ground black pepper. Give it another quick stir, and the vinaigrette is ready to be used.

Drizzle this salad dressing over your favorite mixed green salad, orzo or couscous salad. In the photo below, you can the vinaigrette being drizzled over my Cranberry Orange Israeli Couscous. It tastes FANTASTIC! Hope you like it, too.

The orange herb vinaigrette is poured on an Israeli couscous salad and then tossed.

In no time at all you can create this wonderful homemade salad dressing. I’m confident you will enjoy it, using your own ingredients, and made in your own kitchen. Thanks for stopping by today, and spending some of your valuable time on this blog. Take care, and have a great day. See below for the printable recipe card.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

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Original recipe source (a blog no longer around): http://artisinalfood.blogspot.com/2011/12/israeli-couscous-with-cranberries-and.html

Orange Herb Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

Category: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: orange herb vinaigrette
Servings: 8 Tablespoons (approx. 1/2 cup)
Calories Per Serving: 62 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola/grapeseed oil)
  • Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 medium orange (juice and zest)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • salt/pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT for salt and pepper in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified. NOTE: To "emulsify" salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don't combine well (like oil and water), can "come together" in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit.

  2. Season lightly with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir again, and then drizzle over salad to serve.

  3. Store any leftover vinaigrette in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Remove vinaigrette from refrigerator a few minutes before serving, and stir well, to re-blend before using.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Herb Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!
Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Looking for a delicious salad dressing that can also double as a topping for potatoes, or even as a dip for that big ol’ bag of tortilla chips? Well… here it is – avocado cilantro lime dressing! Thick, creamy, and loaded with Southwestern flavors, this really is a wonderfully easy and versatile dressing.

It is amazingly simple to prepare in under 10 minutes from start to finish, and tastes fantastic, no matter how you decide to serve it. Here’s how to make this delicious dressing/dip:

What’s In Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

The ingredients necessary to make avocado cilantro lime dressing are all fairly common. They are avocado, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, red onion flakes, cumin, and salt/pepper. See the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for exact measurements.

A photo of the ingredients used to make this salad dressing.

It’s EASY To Make Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

Making this creamy salad dressing (or topping) could not be any easier! Measure all the ingredients except for the salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer, to combine the ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy. It might take just a bit longer than if using a blender, but this is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

TIP: If you’re using this as a traditional salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

What Can You Do With Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

The avocado cilantro lime dressing can now be used as a dip or a topping, and wow, does it taste wonderful! Grab some tortilla chips for a flavor-packed creamy avocado dip, or top a steamin’ hot baked potato with this dressing (instead of sour cream). Yum. Can you see the specks of cilantro in creamy dressing, shown in the photo below? Oh yeah.

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing is mixed until creamy and smooth, using a blender.

I also use this as a dressing for my yummy black bean, corn and tomato salad. The creamy dressing tastes fantastic when mixed into this delicious side dish, as well.

The avocado salad dressing is mixed into a Southwestern black bean and corn salad.

Another way we have enjoyed the avocado cilantro lime dressing is to use it as a topping for a main dish Southwestern steak salad. You can see it in the photo below, as well. So much flavor is added to each salad.

Dollop a steak salad with avocado cilantro lime dressing to finish.

However you choose to enjoy it, this creamy avocado cilantro lime dressing is absolutely delicious! I hope you have the chance to make this recipe for those you love. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day, friend.

Looking for more SALAD DRESSING recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few, including:

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Original recipe source: Krista Rollins at http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/southwestern-steak-salad-with-cilantro-avocado-dressing/

Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Keyword: avocado cilantro lime dressing
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 118 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients except for salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

    *NOTE: If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer to combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. It might take a bit longer than if using a blender, but is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Serve this creamy dressing with tortilla chips as a dip, or top a baked potato with it (instead of butter/sour cream. Add to Southwest-inspired salads as a dressing, and toss to fully combine. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

TIP: If you're using this as a salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

Nutrition Facts
Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 282mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!
Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!

If you’re looking for a delicious, flavorful salad dressing that is a cinch to whip up in just a few minutes, may I suggest Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette? This tangy dressing, with a hint of citrus, is a perfect addition to most mixed green salads. Another plus is that is is ridiculously EASY to make, which is always a win-win, in my book!

What’s In This Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette?

This vinaigrette is made using only FOUR ingredients! These ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, and fresh squeezed orange juice. That’s it. All are fairly common pantry ingredients, which makes it very convenient to whip up this salad dressing whenever you need it.

The salad dressing ingredients are olive oil, honey, orange juice and balsamic vinegar.

To make the citrus balsamic vinaigrette, measure the oil, balsamic, OJ, and honey into a small bowl. Grab a wire whisk or a fork, and whisk the ingredients together until the dressing has “emulsified”. This will only take a minute or so.

To “emulsify” salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit. Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully incorporate the vinegar and oil, which are pretty standard ingredients.

The citrus balsamic vinaigrette is mixed well before using to dress a salad.

Ready To Serve!

Once the dressing has emulsified, it is ready to drizzle onto your favorite green salad. We love the flavor of this vinaigrette served on my Berry and Orange Spinach Salad, which is shown below. It tastes wonderful!

Here is the finished vinaigrette, ready to drizzle on the salads.

Storing The Salad Dressing

Because the vinaigrette is so easy to make, you can quickly make up the recipe just a few minutes before dinnertime. The vinaigrette can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Be sure to whisk it again, right before you serve it.

Olive oil can slightly thicken once chilled in the fridge, so give it a quick stir or let it warm up to room temperature a bit before stirring and serving.

Two salads, with a small container of citrus balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

I hope you enjoy this salad dressing, because it’s easy, AND it tastes good. Thank you for taking time to stop by. Take care, and I hope you have a great day.

Looking For More SALAD DRESSING Recipes?

You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few delicious salad dressings on my blog, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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Original recipe source: Marie, at https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/berry-orange-spinach-salad-citrus-balsamic-vinaigrette/

Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: citrus balsamic vinaigrette
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 141 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. Measure oil, balsamic, fresh orange juice, and honey into a small bowl. Whisk until the dressing has "emulsified". This will only take a minute or so.

    NOTE: To "emulsify" salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don't combine well (like oil and water), can "come together" in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit.

  2. Once emulsified, drizzle or pour vinaigrette onto your favorite green salad. Serve, and enjoy!

  3. Store any leftovers in a covered container in refrigerator. Whisk or shake the dressing up again, before you serve it.

Nutrition Facts
Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make a delicious citrus balsamic vinaigrette to dress your favorite mixed green salad! Recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in under 5 minutes!

EASY Thai Peanut Sauce

Make EASY Thai peanut sauce in under 5 minutes! This is a perfect sauce to add to cooked pasta, noodles or quinoa for delicious Thai-inspired flavor!
Make EASY Thai peanut sauce in under 5 minutes! This is a perfect sauce to add to cooked pasta, noodles or quinoa for delicious Thai-inspired flavor!

Do you enjoy peanut sauce? I sure do! After trying this sauce on pasta quite a few years ago, I decided to learn to make it myself at home! The bold flavors in peanut sauce help to compliment a number of pasta, noodle or quinoa dishes. This delicious peanut sauce can also be served with grilled chicken skewers (commonly called chicken satay).

Guess what? This amazing sauce is TOTALLY EASY to make, so if you can measure and stir, you can make it, too! Here’s how to make this ridiculously easy (but scrumptious) Thai peanut sauce in about 5 minutes:

Make The Thai Peanut Sauce

The ingredients for this sauce are creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, Sriracha, brown sugar, lime juice, garlic, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, sesame oil, and hot water.

To make the sauce, place all ingredients EXCEPT for the hot water into a medium sized bowl. Set aside the water to add at the end (you will need it hot, but not boiling).

Measure the peanut sauce ingredients into a medium sized bowl.

Stir these ingredients together until they are well blended. The sauce will be fairly thick at this point (sorry about the slightly blurry photo!).

Stir the sauce together, and it will be fairly thick.

Add 1/2 cup of very hot water to the peanut sauce. Stir or whisk the sauce well, until all the ingredients are fully blended. The hot water helps to thin out the thick peanut butter, because that makes the sauce easier to pour or drizzle.

The Thai peanut sauce is ready to use once the water is fully incorporated. Whoo Hoo! You just made peanut sauce! If you take a little taste, you can see just how yummy it tastes. Go on… you know you want to try it, right?

Add hot water and stir until the Thai peanut sauce thins out.

How Can You Use Thai Peanut Sauce?

Adding peanut sauce is often used to bring bold flavors to a variety of dishes. We’ve enjoyed peanut sauce in Thai Quinoa Salad (seen below). Sometimes I alter the sauce recipe a bit, but 99% of the time, this is my “go to” Thai-inspired peanut sauce.

Thai peanut sauce can be added to a quinoa salad for a flavorful dressing.

My absolute FAVORITE way to enjoy Thai peanut sauce is mixed with pasta! In the past I have made Vegetarian Spicy Noodles in Peanut Sauce. I’ve also used a slight variation of peanut sauce in my yummy Thai Chicken Linguini. Both recipes are coated with creamy peanut sauce, and taste delicious!

Thai peanut sauce tastes wonderful, when mixed into cooked pasta.Thai chicken linguini is enhanced by a delicious peanut sauce.

I truly hope you find an opportunity to make this delicious Thai peanut sauce. After mixing it up, it’s all I can do to keep from eating it by the spoonful, because it’s THAT good!

Thanks for stopping by, and know that I really appreciate you taking the time to visit. You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I hope you might find a few recipes you will enjoy making for those you love. Have a wonderful day.

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Original recipe source for sauce: http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com/pasta/thai-chicken-pasta/

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Easy Thai Peanut Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make EASY Thai peanut sauce in under 5 minutes! This is a perfect sauce to add to cooked pasta, noodles or quinoa for delicious Thai-inspired flavor!

Category: Sauces
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai peanut sauce
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 252 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup soy sauce , regular or low-sodium
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce , or 3 teaspoons chili paste
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 medium limes (juice of)
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • ½ cup water (very hot)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients for the Thai peanut sauce EXCEPT for the hot water into a medium sized bowl. Stir ingredients together until well blended. The sauce will be fairly thick at this point.

  2. Add 1/2 cup of very hot water to the peanut sauce, and stir or whisk well, until all ingredients are fully blended. The hot water helps to thin out the thick peanut butter, which makes the sauce easier to pour or drizzle. Once the water is fully incorporated into the Thai peanut sauce, it is ready to use in your favorite dishes. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Thai Peanut Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total sauce))
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 624mg27%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make EASY Thai peanut sauce in under 5 minutes! This is a perfect sauce to add to cooked pasta, noodles or quinoa for delicious Thai-inspired flavor!

Homemade Teriyaki Marinade

Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.
Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.

Why buy teriyaki marinade when it is so very easy to make it at home? Especially with this coronavirus quarantine going on right now. You can make your own from HOME! This handy dandy marinade can be made quickly to enhance many meat entrees. It’s so quick and easy to make, it sure can save time running to the store!

Marinating is an easy way to basically BATHE the chicken (or other meats) in FLAVOR! A marinade helps to tenderize meats and permeate them with delicious seasoning that will carry over into the cooking process!

This homemade teriyaki marinade is fantastic, and I’ve used it so many times over the course of MANY years! My favorite way to use this sauce is on chicken, which you can see in my photos below. I adapted this recipe from several of my own recipes that use different types of teriyaki sauce or glaze. Today I want to share the quick recipe with you.

It’s EASY To Make Homemade Teriyaki Marinade!

To make the marinade, you will need a medium sized mixing bowl, a whisk, and 7 ingredients (including water). Place all of the marinade ingredients into the bowl.

The ingredients for the marinade are low sodium soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and water. Whisk these together until the honey is fully dissolved, and the ingredients are fully combined. See all that minced garlic? YUM!

Ingredients for homemade teriyaki marinade are whisked together in a bowl.

Marinating Chicken Breasts

This recipe makes enough marinade to coat 4 large chicken breasts. When I took these photos I made a full batch of marinade (as written in the recipe below), but was only cooking two chicken breasts, as you can see. The recipe is EASILY doubled or tripled, however, depending on the quantity you will need.

Place the mixed marinade into a resealable storage bag or into a covered container. Add the fresh or thawed chicken (or other meat you are marinating). Seal the bag. Use your hands to “smoosh” the bag around so the chicken becomes fully covered in marinade.

If using a container, cover the chicken with marinade using a spoon, or by dredging all sides in the sauce, until covered. Place a lid on the container.

Chicken breasts are added to the marinade in a resealable bag.The teriyaki marinade covers the meat to give it flavor.

Marinating Time!

Place the sealed bag or covered container into the refrigerator to let the meat marinate. The time to marinate will depend on the recipe you are using the sauce for.

Follow your recipe’s directions for length of marinating time, but I would recommend always at least 30 minutes for peak flavors to permeate the meat!  Once done marinating, remove the chicken (or other meat) from the marinade, and let the excess drain off. Discard the marinade that has been in contact with raw meat.

NOTE: When we grill teriyaki chicken or steak outside, I set aside a few Tablespoons of the marinade BEFORE adding the meat. We can then use the reserved marinade to brush on the chicken or steak while they’re on the grill.

Two chicken breasts after being marinated for 30 minutes.

Time To Cook The Marinated Meat

We enjoy teriyaki chicken or steak, cooked over hot coals on our Weber BBQ, as weather permits. We live in Oregon, so we BBQ outside as often as we can, when it is not raining.

Teriyaki chicken breasts cooking on a Weber BBQ.

Marinated meats, like these chicken breasts can also be cooked indoors on a cast iron grill, on a George Foreman electric grill, or baked or broiled in the oven! However you choose to cook the meat, the teriyaki flavor will shine through!

Chicken breasts with homemade teriyaki marinade cooking on cast iron grill.

I hope you enjoy this delicious homemade teriyaki marinade. It really will enhance the flavor of your favorite cuts of meats! Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by. Hope you stay healthy and full of hope! We are all in this together!

Looking For Other SAUCE Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few different sauces you might enjoy include:

Interested In More Recipes?

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Homemade Teriyaki Marinade
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.

Category: Condiments, Marinades, Sauces
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: homemade teriyaki marinade
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 230 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cup soy sauce (low sodium, preferably)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar , light or dark
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger , finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Measure soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and water into a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk until the honey is fully dissolved, and ingredients are fully combined.

  2. NOTE: When we grill teriyaki chicken or steak outside, I set aside a few Tablespoons of the marinade BEFORE adding the meat. We then use the reserved marinade to brush on the chicken or steak while they're over the hot fire, to help keep them moist.

  3. Pour marinade into a resealable storage bag or container with a lid. Add fresh or thawed chicken (or other meat you are marinating). Seal the bag. Use your hands to "smoosh" the bag around so the meat becomes fully covered in marinade. If using a container, cover the chicken with marinade using a spoon, or by dredging all sides in the sauce, until covered. Place a lid on the container. Refrigerate/marinate meat for length of time specified in YOUR recipe. I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes, though, for best flavor! When finished marinating, drain excess from meat, and discard the marinade that has been in contact with the raw meat.

  4. Proceed with your recipe directions from this point forward. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The caloric calculation is for the entire batch of marinade, which is enough to cover 4 chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Teriyaki Marinade
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2840mg123%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How To Make Italian Seasoning

Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It’s easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!
Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It's easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!

Have you ever been looking at a recipe and realize the recipe calls for Italian seasoning? Does it seem like too much trouble to make a separate trip to the store to buy some? Well… fear not! Today you can see just how easy it is to make it right in your own kitchen!

What Spices Are IN Italian Seasoning Mix?

The cast of characters for this Italian seasoning are basil, garlic powder, parsley, rosemary, pepper, onion powder, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes.

The spices used to make Italian seasoning mix, on a plate.

How Do You Make Italian Seasoning Mix?

The spices in this recipe need to be crushed together. The best way to do this is by measuring out all the ingredients into a food processor or a spice/coffee grinder.

Pulse spices together until they are pretty finely ground. There you go… you just leaned how to make Italian seasoning! I’ll bet you didn’t even break into a sweat, either!

The spices are ground in a food processor or coffee grinder.

This recipe will yield a total of about 1/2 cup of Italian seasoning mix, which is about 8 Tablespoonfuls. Place the spices into a container with a lid, label it, and add it to your pantry!

The spices should hold their peak flavor for up to 6 months or so. Use this mix anytime a recipe calls for Italian seasoning.

After you make Italian seasoning, it is stored in an airtight container.Once you make Italian seasoning, add it to airtight container with lid, and store.

Looking For More Spice Mix Recipes?

Here is the Italian seasoning (below) in it’s new home in our pantry. It has settled in next to some of the other homemade spice mixes (all on my blog).

These mixes include jerk seasoning mix, dry rub (for chicken/pork), allspice, cajun seasoning and pumpkin pie spice mix. I also make my own taco seasoning (not shown).

Store the Italian seasoning spice mix in pantry.

See how easy it is to make this spice mix? I really hope you will whip some up soon, and trust you will enjoy using it in some of your favorite Italian dishes! Have a wonderful day.

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Original recipe source: https://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/easy-kitchen-tips-italian-seasoning-recipe/

How To Make Italian Seasoning
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Learn how to make Italian seasoning mix in under 5 minutes! It's easy, and a handy spice mix to have in the pantry to help season Italian meals!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: How to make Italian seasoning, Italian seasoning
Servings: 8 Tablespoons (1/2 cup total)
Calories Per Serving: 15 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Measure all ingredients into a food processor, or coffee grinder.

  2. Pulse or grind until spices have become fairly finely ground. Remove, and transfer the mix to an airtight container with a lid. Label, and store in cool, dry and dark place. The spice mix should hold its peak flavor for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Italian Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 15 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How To Make Allspice

Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don’t have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries, or run to the store!
Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don't have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries!

I love to find ways to make my own spices to keep in our pantry.  Sometimes a recipe calls for a tiny bit of a spice I don’t have handy, which means a trip to the store to shell out some bucks for a whole jar! Recently I found a homemade spice recipe I want to share, that shows you how to make allspice in under 5 minutes, if you need a quick substitute!

Did You Know This About Allspice?

There is a plant common is certain areas of the world called the pimenta dioica. Allspice comes from the berries this plant produces. Whole allspice berries are actually dried, unripe fruit that have been harvested from this plant. When the dried berries are finely pulverized, the result is ground allspice.

Back in the early 1600’s, the crushed, ground up berries were given the name of “allspice” by the English. Apparently they thought the flavor of these dried, unripened berries was VERY similar to that of 3 spices combined: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg! They used “allspice” to flavor their various meats and desserts. (Source: Wikipedia)

Below is a photo I took of some whole (dried) allspice berries from my pantry, to show you what they look like.

Whole, dried allspice berries on a white plate.

How To Make Allspice

TRUTH FACT: MOST of us don’t have the time or the ability to grow a pimenta dioica plant, harvest and roast the unripe berries, and then grind them, all while making a recipe. This “quick fix” will provide the same flavor, should you need allspice to use! Knowing how to make allspice (quickly) will also save you a trip to the store to buy it!

The three ingredients necessary to make this allspice substitute are… you guessed it! Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg (all ground). Make this mix in a pinch if you need allspice for a recipe, and all will be right with the world.

You will need cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to make allspice seasoning.

Measure out the spices into a small bowl. Stir the spices together and try to get rid of any lumps. That’s it! you can use this allspice mix as a quick substitute in recipes calling for ground allspice!

Mixing cinnamon, ground cloves and nutmeg is how to make allspice.Try to break up any lumps in the seasoning before storing.

Storing Allspice

Store the seasoning in an airtight container once the ingredients are mixed.  The recipe, as written below (in the printable recipe card) will yield about 1/2 cup of allspice (8 Tablespoons).

Fill and then label the container, and add it to the other spices in your pantry. It should hold its flavor up to about 6 months (maybe more)!

Allspice should be stored in a labeled, airtight container.

See the photo below? I’ve added my homemade allspice to some of the other spices in our pantry.

Looking For More Homemade Spice Mixes?

A few of the other homemade spice mixes I’ve blogged about include: jerk seasoning, dry rub mix (for chicken/pork), pumpkin pie spice mix, and cajun seasoning. I also make my own taco seasoning, and the Italian seasoning recipe (shown) will be coming soon!

The jar of homemade allspice is added to the other spices in our pantry.

Sure hope you will give this seasoning mix a try! It’s so easy to make, and very convenient to be able to make up a quick spice mix when needed for a recipe! Have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: https://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/easy-kitchen-tips-allspice-substitute-recipe/

How To Make Allspice
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Learn how to make allspice seasoning in 5 minutes. Use this mix in case you don't have time to grow a tree, harvest, roast and grind your own berries!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make allspice
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup or 8 Tablespoons total)
Calories Per Serving: 6 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Measure out the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a small bowl. Stir well, to combine, breaking down any lumps.

  2. Pour allspice mixture into an airtight jar or container with a lid. Label container; store in pantry. Can use as a substitute in recipes that call for ground allspice. Should hold peak flavor for up to 6 months (or more).

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Allspice
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 6 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How To Make Jerk Seasoning

Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!
Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Has anyone out there noticed just how expensive spices have become? We sure have! I try to keep a lot of spices available in my pantry. However, every now and then a recipe calls for a spice mixture I don’t have, like jerk seasoning, and off to the store I go, to buy it!

After realizing how easy it is to make seasoning mixes from scratch (using spices I ALREADY have), it’s a whole new game! Why make a separate trip to the store when it is EASY and quick to make a spice mix from scratch at home? We’ve enjoyed using this mix to make easy grilled chicken with jerk seasoning!

What Can Jerk Seasoning Be Used For?

Jerk seasoning is primarily used to season meat, like chicken fish, beef or pork.  That is the way it is most frequently used. It is used a lot in Jamaican-style recipes, and is associated closely with this cuisine, and lends its unique flavor to these meats.

Did you know it can also be used in other ways? Jerk seasoning can also be added to mayonnaise (in small amounts) to give it an extra kick, for sandwiches or burgers. You can also mix a bit of it with fresh mashed avocado, and serve it as a unique appetizer dip!

Make The Jerk Seasoning

Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined.

NOTE: In traditional jerk seasoning, scotch bonnet peppers are used, but the cayenne pepper in this recipe will add the little bit of extra heat instead!

Make sure any lumps are broken down. Congratulations! You have just made your very own jerk seasoning from scratch!

All the spices for this seasoning mix are combined in a medium bowl.Once blended the jerk seasoning mix is ready to store or use.

Storing Jerk Seasoning

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Now you can keep it in your pantry until you’re ready to use it! It should keep it’s full flavor potency for about 6 months.

TIP: Don’t forget to label the jar, because no one wants to have their cinnamon toast accidentally made with jerk seasoning! Just sayin’!

Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight jar or container.

Ready To Grill Meat Using Jerk Seasoning?

Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices.

Add oil to the seasoning mix and combine, when you need it to grill meat.

The seasoning mix (in the photo below) will look like this, after the oil has been mixed in.

This is what the seasoning looks like after being blended with oil before spreading on meat.

Here is a photo of chicken breasts, fully coated with the jerk seasoning rub. Just rub it into the meat, and the chicken is ready to grill! There should be enough of the jerk rub mix to coat 6-8 pieces of chicken.

Chicken breasts have been covered with the jerk seasoning mix (combined with oil).

The jerk rub adheres well to the meat as it cooks, and the result is this uniquely flavored Jamaican-style chicken!

This is what the chicken looked like AFTER grilling using this spice mix.

Hope you will whip up some of this Jamaican-style jerk seasoning mix. My hope is that you will appreciate having it handy in the kitchen and will enjoy using it! Have a wonderful day.

Looking For More Recipes For SPICE MIXES?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have several homemade spice mixes, including:

Interested In More Recipes?

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How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Need jerk seasoning mix to use in a recipe? Save a trip to the store and make this popular spice blend from scratch easily, in under 5 minutes!

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: jerk seasoning
Servings: 1 (10 Tablespoons total)
Calories Per Serving: 111 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Place allspice, brown sugar, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Give these spices a good whisk or stir, until they are fully combined. Make sure any lumps are broken down.

Storing Jerk Seasoning
  1. Store the jerk seasoning in an airtight, sealed container, once combined. Don't forget to label the jar! Now you can store it in your pantry until you are ready to use it! It should keep it's flavor potency for about 6 months.

When Ready To Cook Meats With Jerk Seasoning:
  1. Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable of oil (whatever type you prefer) to the jerk spices (the full portion). Stir the mixture well, to combine the oil with the spices. Rub this mixture onto the surface of the meat. **(mixture will coat approx. 6-8 pieces of chicken). Cook, using the method you prefer. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Jerk Seasoning
Amount Per Serving (1 (10 Tbsp total))
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2339mg102%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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