11 Beverages Flavors You Never Knew Existed



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When it comes to unusual flavor combinations, bartenders are often on the cutting edge, inventing and experimenting with concoctions to suit every palate. One could argue that Laverne De Fazio, Penny Marshall’s loveable tomboy character from the ‘70s TV show Laverne & Shirley, was the world’s first mixologist — and that’s not just because she worked in a brewery. De Fazio created a signature drink for herself that both repulsed and intrigued America: Pepsi mixed with milk.

11 Beverages Flavors You Never Knew Existed (Slideshow)

Despite its pop culture presence, Pepsi never bought into the Pepsi Milk hype, but Pepsi did put its thinking cap on and develop some one-of-a-kind flavors. Take, for example, the Elvis-themed Blue Hawaii pineapple and lemon soda, released only in Hawaii. It sounds like mouthful, doesn’t it?

Pepsi didn’t stop there. The company moved on to Japan, where it introduced the Ice Cucumber: a refreshing blend of carbonated “cukes” (no, not pukes) and soda. Then, Pepsi upped the ante with Azuki, a sweet bean-flavored Pepsi drink that probably resulted in a lot more gas than they thought it would.

Pepsi isn’t the only experimental beverage company out there. One company in Asia thought it was so important to educate kids about the health benefits of cheese that they created a cheese drink. An Austrian company created a cannabis energy drink that has no narcotics in it whatsoever.

Sounds like the stuff an Anthony Bourdain special is made of, right?

So, in honor of all things outlandishly edible, it’s time to turn the focus toward our weirdest drinks. From yogurt-flavored cola to tree bark-infused brews, here are the most bizarre beverage flavors from around the world:

Pepsi White

Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t some kind of sweet tasting, vanilla-infused Pepsi. No. Pepsi White is actually yogurt-flavored cola. Sold primarily in Japan, the drink really is the perfect breakfast — you’ve got your caffeine, dairy and probiotics in one. Yum.

Placenta 400,000

Now you don’t have to give birth to enjoy a good placenta! Yes, this drink contains placenta; pig placenta to be exact. But don’t let that deter you from enjoying this jelly-like brew. Placenta is said to have regenerative properties, especially when it comes to looking good.

Click here to see the full list of other bizarre beverage flavors you never knew existed.

Fabiana Santana is a special contributor to The Daily Meal.


15 Discontinued Sodas You'll Never See Again

Coke Freestyle machines seem to have all of the soda flavors you could ever want. But not even the Coke Freestyle dispensers can bring back the discontinued sodas of yore. From the inventive (Coca-Cola combined with coffee, anyone?) to the truly strange (we're looking at you, bacon soda), the beverage industry has come up with some wild creations over the years.

Here are a few soda flavors that have gone the way of the dinosaur. We can't say we miss them, but it's fun to reminisce about these vintage options.


12 Strange, But Also Beautiful, Houseplants You Never Knew Existed

You can probably recognize a cactus without a second glance. Even snake plants are becoming more and more common. But what about donkey tails? Or trachyandra (say that five times fast). If you already have a home filled with plant babies that all look the same, you might want to make one of these varieties your next addition.

People are going nuts for this adorable plant in Japan and for good reason: The tiny leaves look exactly like swimming dolphins. We know, it's almost too good to be true. If you want your own, the technical name for this variety is Senecio peregrinus.

No, this isn't a pipe cleaner stuck into a pot of dirt and rocks. This plant exists in real life and is native to eastern and southern Africa.

Technically, these plants are called Greenovia Dodrentalis, but they earned their nickname because they look just like the iconic red flowers you get on Valentine's Day. However, these succulents are much easier to keep alive than roses &mdash all you need to do is water the top of the soil when it's dry!


2. Caesar Salad

Contrary to popular belief, Caesar salad has nothing to do with Julius Caesar.

It also wasn’t invented in North America or Europe, where it’s served as a staple side dish. The salad was created in Tijuana, Mexico, by Italian-American restaurant owner Caesar Cardini. Allegedly, on a particularly busy weekend in 1924, his kitchen was running low on food. He decided to improvise and throw together a salad with whatever he could find.

Turns out, his inventiveness paid off.

The result was a simple, yet delicious, salad made of ingredients like romaine, croutons, Parmesan cheese, and boiled eggs. Today, you can find Caesar salad in almost every restaurant.


OK Soda

OK Soda was marketed as the anti-Coke for cynical Gen-Xers who were listening to bands from Seattle and were jaded toward advertising. It might have been seen as the "anti-corporate" choice, yet it was still manufactured by Coca-Cola, and the demographic OK Soda was trying to target saw right through it.

Back in 1993, Coca-Cola thought it would be a stellar idea to re-hire the guy who launched New Coke in the 1980s, Sergio Zyman to bring OK Soda to life. The tagline, "Things are going to be OK," along with their commercials and marketing was something completely different for soft drink brands at the time. Sure, the commercials now look like something a freshman art school student would come up with six hours before their final is due, but over 20-years-ago this was pretty cutting edge.

OK had a brand manifesto with entries printed on cans such as,"What's the point of OK? Well, what's the point of anything?" The soda also had a user-generated campaign where consumers could dial 1-800-I-FEEL-OK. and leave messages about the soda and answer questions from a personality quiz. However, Coca-Cola soon learned that it's hard to be counterculture when you're a big corporation. The beverage was known more for their blase advertising tactics than the flavor of the soda, which has been described as unique and fruity with a hint of spice. OK Soda was only available in select markets — it didn't receive a nationwide rollout before it was discontinued in 1995.


It seems like everyone is in on the water game now. Coconut water is everywhere flooding the market. Last month, we looked into watermelon water (which name-wise at least, actually makes a lot of sense). Now, a new entrant to the specialty water market: artichokes.

Most of us find ourselves mindlessly sipping coffee throughout the day to keep us awake. But a rapidly growing coffee brand wants to be your nighttime drink as well, crafting a cup of coffee the company claims will help you fall asleep.


17 Matcha Recipes You’ll Love (Matcha Latte Included)

1. Matcha Crepes with Chocolate Ganache

Instagram these brightly-hued crepes and your friends will go green with envy. The batter is packed with fiber, thanks to whole-grain buckwheat flour, and you’ll get a hefty dose of antioxidants from the matcha powder you’ll mix in. These crepes work perfectly at breakfast, with some fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream. Or serve them for dessert, with a simple dark chocolate and coconut milk ganache. Photo and recipe: Genevieve / Gratitude & Greens

2. Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

The only requirements for this easy breakfast or snack are chia seeds, milk and matcha powder. (We recommend using almond milk, as it’s natural sweetness mellows the sometimes-grassy flavor of matcha.) From there, add any mix-ins you like, from toasted nuts, to fresh fruit or chocolate chips. Photo and recipe: Katelin / Nerdy Bites

3. Coconut Matcha Latte

Take one sip of this creamy, slightly earthy beverage and you’ll want to bid adieu to espresso-based lattes for life. The naturally sweet and rich coconut milk will pair so well with your green powder that you may never crave a pumpkin spice version again. Photo and recipe: Jeanine / Love and Lemons

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4. Healthy Matcha Green Tea Coconut Fudge

Healthy fudge? Now we’ve seen everything. A combination of cottage cheese and psyllium husk give this treat a healthy dose of protein and fiber. Coconut butter lends a luscious texture, while shredded coconut, matcha powder and stevia create a subtly sweet flavor. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Desserts with Benefits

5. Matcha Granola with Blueberries

On its own, matcha can have an intense, sometimes bitter taste. In this green granola recipe, roasted nuts and juicy blueberries do wonders to tone down its strong green flavor. Plus, serve it up for breakfast and you’ll get that much-needed a.m. caffeine boost. Photo and recipe: Cheryl / 40 Aprons

6. Matcha Mochi Yogurt Pops

Matcha and mochi are a match made in heaven. In these healthy treats, tart yogurt balances the grassy matcha flavor while bits of chewy, sweet mochi add some texture to each pop. Photo and recipe: Molly / My Name is Yeh

7. Vanilla Matcha Protein Smoothie

Matcha is the ideal addition to a pre-workout shake thanks to its mellow caffeine boost and ability to promote “calm alertness.” This mix has a subtle green tea flavor that’s complemented by the addition of a vanilla bean. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

8. Dark Chocolate Matcha Date Bars

Wrap one of these in some parchment paper and tuck it away for a healthy afternoon snack. Sweet dates and rich cocoa powder combine nicely with this earthy matcha powder topping. The caramel-like taste of dates will be a welcome change from the more acute sweetness of white sugar found in many bars. Photo and recipe: Denise / Little Market Kitchen

9. Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake

When you’re craving dessert but want to avoid a sugar coma, this easy mug cake is your answer. The recipe calls for white sugar but any healthier alternative would stand in just fine — we’d suggest trying coconut sugar or agave. The cake should come out only slight sweet, but feel free to reduce the amount of sugar you use to suit your taste. Photo and recipe: Kirbie / Kirbie Cravings

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10. Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups

Move over, peanut butter cups. Coconut butter and matcha powder combine with a bit of almond flour to create the drool-worthy soft yet slightly chewy center in this rich morsel. Don’t skip out on the matcha-sea salt topping! Photo and recipe: Keepin’ It Kind

11. Matcha Muffins

These protein, fiber and antioxidant-rich muffins make a great breakfast or mid-morning snack (if you need a little pick-me-up). The best part? They’re just 105 calories per muffin, and they’re gluten-free. Photo and recipe: Elizabeth / Guilty Kitchen

12. Miso Eggplant with Green Tea Rice

Leave it to the folks at Blue Apron to come up with this insanely innovative way to use matcha. In this recipe, sushi rice gets an upgrade with the addition of rice vinegar, matcha powder, cilantro and black sesame seeds. The result is a healthy, flavorful and beautiful base for this Asian-inspired roasted eggplant. Photo and recipe: Blue Apron

13. Matcha Cucumber Lemonade

Forget the super sweet, sugar-packed lemonade of your youth. This healthier nutrient-packed version is about to find a spot in your regular beverage rotation. Cucumber, mint and matcha add subtle, refreshing flavors, while a hint of agave helps sweeten the mixture just enough. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

14. Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

A mainstay on Japanese dessert menus, green tea ice cream is one of the most common ways you’ll see matcha used. Forego the usual dairy-and-sugar filled calorie bomb with this recipe that uses coconut and almond milks to create a creamy base. Honey and dates add sweetness without all the refined sugar. Photo and recipe: Minimalist Baker

15. Berry-Topped Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Five minutes, five ingredients. It doesn’t get any easier than this! All you need is almond milk, matcha powder, chia seeds, maple syrup (or honey) and a fresh fruit topping of your choosing. And the proof is in the pudding: Each serving packs 32 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein. Photo and recipe: Renee Blaire / Life by Daily Burn

16. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie

Permission to step your smoothie game up, stat. This easy-but-impressive recipe requires only a few essentials: one cup of unsweetened almond milk, one pear, one cup of spinach — oh and some matcha powder, of course! Add in a healthy dose of muscle-building protein and you’ve got yourself a super satisfying post-workout smoothie. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

17. Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl

We’re all in on smoothie bowls, especially when they come bearing the gift of green tea goodness. Even better: when you get a refreshing hit of fresh mint and delectable cacao nibs. Photo and recipe: Laura / The First Mess


13 Beverages You Should Never, Ever Drink

The biggest problem with fruit juice is that a glass or two tends to contain way more fruit than you'd regularly consume in one sitting. And all that fruit contains sugar that can amount to a meal's worth of calories pretty quickly. But you probably don't &mdash and definitely shouldn't &mdash chug a glass of OJ and call that a meal. Juice is devoid of the filling fiber found in fruit, protein, and fat &mdash so it's terribly unbalanced.

The difference between conventional milk and organic is that the former may contain estrogen, as it comes from cows treated with hormones. Experts worry that these consuming extra sex hormones can make you more susceptible to certain cancers. Some research links milk consumption to higher rates of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer &mdash it's why registered dietitian Isabel Smith recommends organic dairy products (particularly for big milk drinkers).

Yes, dairy-free milks are a godsend for lactose-intolerant folks who want their cereal/coffee/cookies with milk. But many flavored brands are loaded with empty calories, and some contain carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed that can irritate your digestive system. Smith suggests going for unsweetened plain or vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk that's organic or free of GMOs.

If a tasty product seems too good to be true, it probably is: Sweet-tasting sports drinks, iced teas, and sodas that are mysteriously devoid of calories often contain chemicals, artificial colorings, and artificial sweeteners that may seem to satisfy your sweet tooth, but don't actually fill you up. If this kind of stuff is present (just check the ingredient label), Smith says it can mess with the balance of bacteria in your gut &mdash which plays a big role in weight regulation, according to recent research. To play it safe, drink water and boost the flavor with a squeeze of lemon or some frozen berries.

Straight-up soda is flavored with sugars that contribute calories without nutrients. Dark sodas may also contain phosphoric acid, which reduces the amount of calcium your body absorbs, ultimately weakening your bones and increasing your risk of injuries now, and osteoporosis later on. If you're going to drink soda no matter what you read, go for the one that contains the lowest sugar you can find, Smith suggests, and make sure it's made with natural flavors and without chemical additives.

A massive coffee will obviously rev you up &mdash but after you buzz through your morning, all that caffeine can mess with your sleep schedule and nervous system (hello, coffee shakes). If your eyes don't fully open without caffeine, gradually scale back on size, or try half-caf.

While premixed, bottled cocktails are crazy convenient and genius in their own right, they're often full of preservatives and way more sugar than any sane person would scoop into a homemade drink. Instead of settling for a twist-off margarita, mix tequila with lime juice and soda at home (or order it at any bar).

* athlete, you probably don't need to be guzzling extra protein. (Most women only need about 46 grams of it per day.) Besides, meals made from whole foods are inherently more satisfying than drinking lab-made meal replacements, which contain sugars and god knows what other flavorings. If you're a smoothie fiend and do prefer to drink your calories, try unflavored protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, and fruit for a flavorful combo that's free of the extra stuff, Smith says.

These drinks contain artificial colors and sweeteners that just don't qualify as food. For non-athletes who want to nurse a hangover or replenish fluids after a super-sweaty fitness class, drink water or unflavored coconut water, which is a natural source of electrolytes that tends to contain fewer additives. (Endurance athletes are the only ones who may need special sports drinks, Smith says.)


Sensational Salad Dressing Recipes

1. Caesar Dressing

Caesar Dressing is of course nothing new, but it is still up there with my favorite salad dressings. Whether it is in a salad or along with chicken and lettuce in a sandwich or wrap, you can’t go wrong with the classic flavor.

There are many recipes out there for caesar dressing, so it’s a case of trying them out and finding your favorite. To me, this one looks perfect, nice and fresh with those well-loved flavors of anchovies, garlic, and parmesan.

2. Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Not only are blueberries incredibly good for you, but they’re also incredibly delicious. I like incorporating blueberries into many different things, be it my morning porridge or a smoothie, but I have never tried them in a salad.

I can imagine this Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette would be the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, a great way to spruce up your salad. The deep purple color is refreshing too.

3. Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing is another family favorite for us you can always find a bottle in the fridge. I find it hard to believe I have never made it myself from scratch. Considering it is so simple, I will definitely give it a go.

This particular dressing is part of a recipe for chicken salad, which looks divine. Because the dressing is slightly sweet yet spicy with the honey and mustard, it will go perfectly with the salty bacon, cooling avocado and crunchy lettuce leaves. Hello, new weeknight meal.

4. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, as the recipe states, is incredibly versatile. It would be as delicious as a dipping sauce for fries or pizza as it would be poured over a salad. I love having things like this in the fridge because you never know quite when they will come in handy as an added extra for a meal.

I tend to prefer creamy dressings to more liquid based ones, so this ticks that box for me. The flavors are relatively simple with lemon, mustard, and oregano, which means it will pair beautifully with a wide range of dishes.

5. Italian Dressing

Italian cuisine contains some of my favorite flavors, so this Italian Dressing looks like it would be right up my street.

In this recipe, multiple delicious things are added to red wine vinegar to transform it into the perfect salad dressing. These include garlic and paprika, my ultimate favorite spice, as well as the Italian staple parmesan cheese. The poppy seeds in this dressing will add a little texture which is interesting.

6. Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

There aren’t too many ingredients in this Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing which make it great for multiple reasons. It is easy to make and also cost-efficient.

If you’re a fan of citrus flavors, then you will instantly fall in love with this recipe as it will give your salads a delicious citrus twist. I love it when recipes come along with a few ways you could alter them and here it suggests that you try different citrus fruits to change up the flavor or use sour cream for a different consistency.

7. Honey Chipotle Dressing

This bright orange Honey Chipotle Dressing would look incredibly inciting against the green leaves of a salad. It would also make for a delicious chicken wrap maybe I’ve found my new go-to work lunch.

Anything chipotle flavored is always the perfect mix of sweet and smokey, a flavor combination you wouldn’t necessarily expect in a salad dressing. You could use this to give epic flavor to the plainest of salads, so there would be minimal effort involved.

8. Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

If you like your ranch dressing but don’t like all the calories that come along with it, then look no further than this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. Not only will it be better for your health but it will also taste far lighter which is precisely what you want for a side salad.

Because of the pure flavors, this dressing would work well with a variety of meats and even fish, so if you’re looking to swap your regular carb side for a salad, then this could be a great accompaniment.

9. Peanut Lime Dressing

Ever since I backpacked around Asia last summer, I can’t get enough of Asian food. I keep trying to find recipes which aren’t too difficult to recreate but will still give me a flashback to my time traveling around the continent.

I can’t believe I haven’t yet tried a Thai inspired salad, but this Peanut Lime Dressing looks like a great place to start. All the classic flavors of Asian cuisine go into this dressing, like fragrant lemongrass, slightly salty soy sauce and citrusy lime. You could make this dressing and use it on a salad of your choice or follow this recipe fully for a Thai noodle salad.

10. Tangy Tomato Dressing

Fresh tomato salads always remind me of summer, so I am excited to add an extra tomato element to them this year with a helping of Tangy Tomato Dressing.

There are only a few ingredients in this easy to make salad dressing, meaning that you could whip it up in an instant if you suddenly realized you were all out. I can imagine this going down a treat at a BBQ, and because it includes blended tomatoes, the consistency won’t be too runny.

11. Avocado Lime Green Goddess Dressing

I’ll try anything that claims it will make me look like a goddess. There has been somewhat of an avocado hype in the recent years, and I have jumped right on board with it. I now incorporate avocado into many sandwiches, breakfast, and salads when I wouldn’t necessarily have done so before.

The avocado in this Avocado Lime Green Goddess Dressing will make it incredibly smooth, and the lime is just what it needs to add a little kick. I can imagine this going particularly well with salads which include chicken.

12. Blue Cheese Dressing

I am a sucker for a good blue cheese sauce, and you can bet whenever I order a steak in a restaurant that’s what I’ll be ordering along with it. I love the combination of salty and creamy along with the underlying cheesy goodness.

Because the flavor will be quite strong, this Blue Cheese Dressing would taste best when accompanying a relatively plain salad. Add a little bit of bacon in amongst your salad, as the recipe suggests, and you’re certainly in for a treat.

13. Lemon-Anchovy Vinaigrette

This Lemon Anchovy Vinaigrette seemed like a strange concept to me when I first read the title of the recipe, but the more that I think about it, the more intrigued and willing to try it I become.

Lemon and anchovy are in fact two of the key ingredients in caesar dressing, so if that is so popular then why not this cut back version? The lemon will provide a fresh, zesty flavor while the anchovies bring salt, and I love that they have included red pepper flakes for a little background heat.

14. Lemon Garlic Dressing

If you are looking for a simple dressing that will suit everyone’s flavor preferences and work with many different meals, then this could be the one for you.

This Lemon Garlic Dressing will be full of flavor while remaining light enough that it doesn’t steal the show. Lemon and garlic work well together as the sweet citrus of the lemon mellows out the sharpness of the garlic. It is incredibly simple to make, in fact, you most likely already have the necessary ingredients in your cupboard.

15. Tangerine and Fennel Vinaigrette

Whenever I have guests around, I try to make things which sound fancy to say. Call me crazy, but I like to make people believe I have spent hours slaving over the hot stove to make restaurant food, regardless of how simple it is in reality.

This Tangerine and Fennel Vinaigrette is a perfect example of that. It takes a whole five minutes to make, and the exotic flavor combination will have your guests in awe of your culinary genius. It will have the aromatic flavor of fennel with a zesty burst of tangerine.

16. Pomegranate Vinaigrette

I only recently learned about the wonders of the pomegranate, and since then I have been using it left right and center. It’s far more versatile than you might think, whether you scatter the beautiful pink jewels over salads, pop them into cocktails or scoop them out and eat them with a spoon.

If you like sweet dressings with your salads, then this Pomegranate Vinaigrette is well suited to you. It’s made with either honey or maple syrup which will genuinely enhance the sweetness of the fruit and then spiced up a little with dijon mustard.

17. Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

The world of fresh herbs is still a little bit of a mystery to me I am never sure what goes with what. I can, of course, follow a recipe though, and this Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing looks delicious.

Because it contains actual cilantro leaves, this dressing will taste remarkably fresh which is a perfect match for a nice green salad. The freshness will be helped along by the zesty lime, and the Greek yogurt will keep it light and cool.

18. Soy Sesame Dressing

For an Asian inspired dressing without all the fancy spices and ingredients you’ve never heard of, try this Soy Sesame Dressing. My sister loves making noodle salads, she usually tops them with plain soy sauce, but I bet she’d like this as an upgrade.

This dressing would be delicious on a wide range of salads I can imagine it would work well with noodle and rice dishes too. The recipe only requires you to combine all the ingredients so you could have it made in a jiffy.

19. Maple Balsamic Dressing

The older I get, the more I enjoy dishes which combine sweet and savory flavors. This was something I never used to like, but I am so glad to have come around as it has opened up a whole world of delicious flavors for me.

This Maple Balsamic Dressing is an excellent example of sweet and savory, with the deep flavor of maple syrup combined with the almost acidic balsamic vinegar. My mom used to make a pork dish with a marinade similar to this, so I am excited to recreate it using this recipe.

20. Italian Herb Vinaigrette

I have bought Italian Herb Vinaigrette many a time from the store but never thought it possible to make my own. This recipe makes it possible, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a food processor, there isn’t even much preparation involved.

I love the idea of all those fresh herbal flavors being sweetened with honey, which in itself will add even more flavor to the vinaigrette. It can be stored in the fridge for up to five days, making it perfect for lunchtime salads.

21. Sweet Onion and Citrus Dressing

I feel like onion can be a tricky ingredient to use raw, but in this recipe for Sweet Onion and Citrus Dress it wouldn’t be too overpowering and would mix perfectly with the other ingredients. It’s a lovely recipe to pair with a fresh spring salad.

The citrus flavor, coming from lemons, is needed to mellow out the onion and to take away a little sweetness added by the honey. Paprika and mustard will add a touch of heat which I like, especially when none of the vegetables I usually use for my salads are spicy.

22. Japanese Ginger Dressing

Fresh ginger isn’t something I have ever considered using in a salad, but now that I have seen this Japanese Ginger Dressing recipe I think it would work well. My whole family loves Japanese cuisine so I can see this going down a treat in our house.

Aside from the funky bright orange color provided by the carrots, I like this dressing because it is something a little different and exotic sounding. The addition of a bit of sugar is a great idea in my opinion, as the sharpness of the ginger needs something to mellow it out.

23. Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Here’s another dressing recipe you can most likely make without nipping to the store. With a few simple ingredients, you could make this Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette in a matter of minutes. This recipe is about taking something classic and giving it a little boost.

The recipe suggests serving this with an apple blue cheese walnut salad, but I think it would go well with a range of things. It provides all the flavor elements you would want from a dressing and again has the creamy consistency I always tend to reach for.

24. Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing

This is the simplest of simple salad dressing recipes, but sometimes that’s all you need. Whether you’re rushing out the house in the morning and need something to flavor the salad you’ve packed for lunch or you have an impromptu BBQ one evening, this Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing could save your life.

There are no surprise ingredients, all you need is oil and white wine vinegar, with a little salt to season. If you’re looking to jazz it up a little there are suggestions of how to do so you could add a squeeze of lemon or lime for example.

25. Raspberry Vinaigrette

A couple of years ago, I had lunch in a little deli with my parents, and they had salads with Raspberry Vinaigrette on them. It was love at first taste, and now every time I visit their house they have a bottle in the fridge, no exceptions.

The dressing they use is store bought so I will definitely be sending them this recipe to try out for themselves. Raspberry isn’t necessarily the first thing you would think of when making a salad but trust me it’s the perfect flavor. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and of course, that bright pink color will brighten up both your salad and your day.

26. Creamy Parmesan Dressing

This recipe for Creamy Parmesan Dressing is like a Caesar dressing with the cheese levels ramped right up. I love cheese in all forms and dishes but it’s not always the healthiest, so I like to think that by enjoying it with a salad I am combating that a little.

Parmesan cheese has such a unique flavor that it will be the perfect way to make a plain salad more exciting. It’s incredibly easy to make and lasts a whole two weeks when refrigerated, which is a lot longer than many other homemade dressings.

27. Asian Dressing

There are of course hundreds of flavors used in Asian cuisine so the name Asian Dressing might seem a little general. This recipe is a great way to take soy sauce, a staple in many Asian dishes, and elevate it to an epic salad dressing level.

This is precisely the sort of thing I like to use on stir-frys and rice dishes, so don’t think that it would have to be strictly reserved for salads. The flavors are simple which makes it versatile, and the honey will add a warm sweetness. I love the idea to add sesame seeds for a little bit of texture.

28. Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing

Everyone I know seems to be obsessed with sriracha at the moment, including my family, so if I can manipulate that to make them eat salads, then I will definitely do it.

Not only will this Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing have a real fire though it from the sriracha, but it will also be beautifully sweet with the honey. I find dressings with a hint of sweetness far more exciting to eat on salads as they provide a flavor element that no vegetable does. This looks like it would be the most perfect, fresh dressing to enjoy in the warmer months.

Conclusion

My salads are going to get a whole lot more exciting and dynamic now that I know about all these spectacular salad dressing recipes. I have gotten quite good at adding variety to a salad with the vegetables I use, but switching up my dressings will take my salads to the next level.

Due to my love of Thai cuisine, I can’t stop thinking about that Thai Peanut Lime dressing I want to try and make a fresh noodle salad to go along with it. I love my classic Caesar Dressing so I will definitely give this recipe a go to see how it compares to others I have tried.

Do you have a go-to salad dressing? Do you like to be adventurous or keep it simple with your salads?


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12. 3/4 Lemonade & 1/4 Vodka

This is probably one of the most simple vodka drinks out there. Suggested by @samtrottierr, all you literally have to do is order a Lemonade, and then add in vodka for one of the most refreshing summer drinks to sip on while soaking up the sun.

13. Black Tea Lemonade with Whisky

If you're looking for fruity summer cocktail recipes, we would recommend you to stay away from this recipe submitted by @leaf401, who is more hardcore than the average drinker. We haven't personally given this summer whiskey drink a taste test yet, but if you like whiskey, tea, and lemonade, this one's for you. Who knows, it may be one of the best whiskey cocktails you've ever had. At Starbucks, order a Black Tea Lemonade, then add your whiskey of choice. We would recommend to stay away from the specialty whiskies such as Fireball and to stick with the standard whiskey choices. Jack Daniels, Jameson, or Crown Royal would probably be better suited.


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