Who doesn’t love honey mustard dressing?

I recently found out I have a lot of crazy food allergies. When I say crazy, I mean crazy! Among the long list of foods I’m allergic to include, tomatoes, onions, pumpkins, wheat, rice, corn, soy and sweet peas. It’s been a challenge.

Given my current circumstances I need to be in control of my ingredients. I’ve been searching cookbooks for recipes that include foods I can eat. The Siskiyou County Library online library is open 24-7, no mask required. www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/library/page/database-access-and-e-books. It is where I’ve been downloading cookbooks to my Kindle. One of my finds is “Nom Nom Paleo, Food for Humans,” written by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. The food is “often Asian-influenced, often California-inspired.” This award-winning cookbook is where I found the honey mustard dressing recipe.

I made this recipe as it was written then doubled the amount of mustard. I forgot the salt and didn’t miss it, so omitted it. Here is my version of honey mustard dressing that is full of flavor. I used local raw honey. As always, use the best ingredients you can afford and organic whenever possible.

I doubled the original recipe, because it’s my favorite salad dressing and I have been eating a lot of green salads. This dressing is terrific on a green salad and as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or chicken. Everyone who tries it loves it! Lettuce is one of the foods I am not allergic to. I mixed kale, spring greens with iceberg lettuce. I enjoy the crispness of the iceberg lettuce. Add fresh fruit like blackberries or blueberries. Grilled peaches are also delicious.

Honey Mustard Dressing

4 tbsp raw local honey

6 tbsp apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

4 tbsp Dijon-style mustard

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Start with a clean tablespoon to scoop the honey into a pint jelly jar. Then added the rest of the ingredients. Put the lid on and shake! Store in the refrigerator.

Lauri Sturdivant is interested in how our friends and families gather around a table sharing meals and telling stories. In this column she shares recipes and stories from people in Siskiyou County, and restaurant reviews from her travels. Read full interviews, find recipes and reviews at TheBillPlate.com.