Homemade Salad Dressing: Lifestyle Tip and Summer Option

Two weeks ago I was preparing lunch and realized there was no salad dressing.  I instantly became upset because my salad was delicious and wanted the full experience.  My mind began to wonder and that’s when I created my own dressing!  Honestly, homemade salad dressing is a healthier option because there’s no added sodium or fat.  You can regulate the ingredients according to your individual diet.

Mandarin Salad - Favorite Salad Option
Mandarin Salad – Favorite Salad Option

My recipe started with the base ingredients such as olive oil, salt, pepper, Coleman’s mustard, parsley, and vinegar; there’s so much more to make your dressing appealing.  Homemade salad dressing can be prepared in less than 15 minutes and in larger quanities.  It’s also delicious with (other) afternoon snack options such as tuna, veggies, cheese, and crackers.

It’s almost summer which means we want quick healthy meals.  Consider making homemade salad dressing to compliment snacks, lunch, or dinner!

Quick Girl’s Classic Vinaigrette Dressing


1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar


1/4 teaspoon salt


1 tablespoon Coleman’s Mustard



1/8 teaspoon pepper


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil




Combine ingredient’s in a bowl and whisk.  Don’t forget your salad dressing maker and other tools from Target!
Salad Dressing Maker
Salad Dressing Maker

Fox 45 Morning News Segment: Homegating Tips and Products

It’s football season and we’re celebrating this timeless tradition with our family and friends.  I was asked to host a fun lifestyle segment on Fox45 Baltimore News discussing Homegating Tips which is a fancy word for tailgating at your home.

Homegating Products and Appliances on Fox 45 News
Homegating Products and Appliances on Fox 45 News
Photo from Previous Segment
Photo from Previous Segment

I love to host media segments because it’s a great way to share information with a local audience and inspire someone to try new products or ideas.  Let me provide a few quick tips for Homegating:

1.  Select a Delicious Menu – guests should be excited to taste new (or favorite) recipes but most importantly your dish selection should match the theme of your party.

2.  Purchase Game Themed Decorations – for me, decorations set the tone of any event.  You wouldn’t want a pink table cloth for a Baltimore Ravens themed football party.  Also, get creative and visit your local craft store and make decorations prior to the event.  Don’t forget the dollar store when searching for inexpensive party fillers.

3.  Prep Meals with Easy To Use Appliances – using appliances such as the T – Fall Opti Grill or Krups Beer Tender enables you (as the host) time to prepare for other aspects of the event while enjoying your guest.  And here’s the secret, they’re time savers so I suggest trying out a new appliance when considering hosting a Homegating party.

4.  Ask Guest to Wear Game Attire – what’s a party without dressing the part!  Ask your guest to wear team colors or jerseys to match the party.

For the Lifestyle Segement, I shared with viewers Cluck n Moo Burgers, Coleman’s Mustard, IMUSA Corn Skewers, and Cookina Grilling Sheets. Cluck n Moo Burgers are delicious because they’re half chicken and half beef (very healthy) but they cook really fast and very tender.  My husband and I enjoyed a few Cluck n Moo burgers a few weeks ago and they lived up to their reputation.  The additional products (shared) are also helpful when considering condiments, easy prep, and fast clean up.

Overall, I am looking forward to hosting my annual Homegating party and hope the photos and tips inspire you to treat your family and friends as well!  You’re welcome to share Homegating photos with us – email me at kim@stylelifefashion.com