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Delicious Balsamic Oregano Low Carb Dressing

Low carb dressings are sooo easy to make. This one is delicious and kept friendly. I created this recipe years ago and make this low carb nectar at least three nights a week. 

When I first made it I wasn’t concerned about sugar. I used to use regular mayo and sugar.  I’ve since traded those ingredients out for the healthy low glycemic options. 

The good news is it tastes great on everything. But pouring over my Crunchy Chopped Salad is to die for!!! It’s so good, I eat about five cups of it at dinner time. 

No lie. My husband is amazed that i can eat that much in one sitting.  I hope you like this as much as I do. 

Make it tonight and tweak it to your taste.  I’d love your feedback on this low carb dressing – test it on your friends and family and see what they think. 

Ingredients

  • Balsamic vinegar 
  • White vinegar 
  • Avocado oil
  • Keto friendly Mayonnaise 
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Spicy deli mustard
  • Water 
  • Oregano
  • Liquid stevia
  • Garlic powder 
  • Onion powder
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Directions

Put all ingredients in a 16 oz mason jar. Shake it up until it’s frothy. You could put it in a blender, but I prefer it shaken. 

Pour all of it – yup, all of it – over you big bowl of Crunchy Chopped Salad or a salad of your choice and toss until coated. 

I found letting it rest for about 15 minutes before eating allows the variety of greens in the chopped salad to marinate and share their flavors before you eat it. 

If you’re a keto girl like me, keep in mind, this is a shameless salad. It’s high in fiber and loaded with good fat.  All you need is a side of high quality, good fat protein source like salmon You’ll have a compete low carb feast that tastes better than what you’d order at a five star restaurant. 

Let me know if you adapt this recipe to your taste or if you tried it over one of your own favorite salads.  I’d love to get your twist on this low carb dressing, so leave your comments below.  

Nothing makes my happier than sharing and gathering new ideas to spice thing up in the kitchen, especially for low carb salads.  

Want another great low carb dressing recipe? CLICK HERE

Keto Friendly French Dressing Recipe

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your low cab salads here’s a fast and easy French Dressing that will dress up any greens. I found this recipe online and adapted it.

Keto Salad Dressing French Dressing

Using a blender will make this smooth and creamy.

My favorite way is to pour it over a bed of shredded cabbage and use it as a base for a spicy taco salad.

Low Carb Keto Friendly French Dressing

 

What is Grit and Why Is it Important?

If you’re incorporating character strengths in your classroom, consider starting with grit.

What is “grit”?

Grit is the combination of persistence and resilience. Persistence requires the ability to work through struggles and maintain focus on actions that matter in order to achieve the desired result.

Angela Lee Duckworth Talks About Grit

Resilience is the ability to stay engaged when met with a setback. If a challenge arises, students must be abe to “get back up after being knocked down” and decide to maintain momentum with meaningful activity.
But, grit is more than persistence and resilience, it is the ability to demonstrate self-control for the long-term. For students, it may be a matter of months or years, and for adults, it may be a matter of decades. Grit is a trait present in all who have faced insurmountable odds.

Why is Grit an Important Character Strengths?

When students learn how to manage setbacks in the course of their progress they learn to accept the challenge as an invitation to rise above failures both small and large. When faced with a daunting task, the consider the conditions and utilize their resources for maximum results. Ultimately they are met with greater success as a result of grit.

If students lack the strength of grit, they are at a disadvantage when compared to those who have developed it. Perhaps the conditions of our “trophy society” is to blame for what seems to be a lack of academic motivation. When every child is rewarded for the sake of participation, regardless of effort or outcome, an unreal expectation is established for long-term academic success. The “trophy” mindset disengages the need to cope with challenges.

FREE course available online: Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms

In order to develop the mind and the character of our students, we understand we must prepare our students for the world beyond our classrooms. By teaching character strengths, specifically grit, we do just that. Learning more about how to use grit and other character strengths in our classroom have the potential to positively impact the academic growth of all students. Grit is about being dedicated for growth over time.

Benefits of Developing Grit

Teaching grit has a residual impact over time on the character development of students. Success requires a personal investment not only in the outcome but also in the progress towards the desired result.

With Grit Students Will…

  • Learn how to perceive a challenge as a tool for progress
  • Develop the ability to focus on meaningful action
  • Increase their level of resilience when met with failure
  • Create a purpose for learning for continual growth
  • Gain greater self-control over time
  • Skyrocket academic motivation

How to Teach Lessons that Develop Character Strengths

There is no magic lesson that will suddenly transform your classroom. But, a free class titled: Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms may be a great place to start with character education.

If you want to learn more about how grit and the other character strengths create a positive classroom structure and increase student engagement click on the link above or visit Coursera.org. There are many other free classes offered for your on-going education.

Grit Bonus Link

How much GRIT do you have? Take this survey to find out!

Time to Share About Grit …

Have you spent time helping students develop the character strengths, grit? We’d appreciate hearing your success stories about helping student persevere through challenging times. 🙂

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