It's the era of the personal blender, which is especially great if you don't have space for another monstrous countertop appliance. Even better news: Vitamix just released a scaled-down version of its coveted do-it-all blender, and it's worth checking out. The Vitamix S30 comes with a 20-ounce container that doubles as a travel cup for convenient shakes on-the-go. It also comes with a 40-ounce container, making it easy to whip up healthy meals beyond your daily smoothie. From small batches of soup or sauce to frozen desserts, the possibilities are endless. Check out these three recipes to take your blender game to the next level.

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FRESH TOMATO VINAIGRETTE

Preparation: 5 minutes | Processing: 35 seconds | Yield: 1 cup (8 servings)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chopped shallot
1 large Roma tomato, cut into eighths
1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 20-ounce container in the order listed and secure blade.
2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10.
3. Blend for 35 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

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TRADITIONAL HUMMUS

Preparation: 10 minutes | Processing: 40 – 45 seconds | Yield: 1 1/4 cups (3 servings)

Ingredients:
1 (15-ounce / 425 g) can chickpeas, drained, with 1/3 cup liquid reserved
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
1. Place reserved liquid, olive oil, lemon juice, chickpeas, sesame seeds, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper into the Vitamix 40-ounce container in the order listed and secure lid.
2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10.
3. Blend for 40 to 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

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TROPICAL YOGURT FREEZE

Preparation: 10 minutes | Processing: 40 – 45 seconds | Yield: 1 1/4 cups (3 servings)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons coconut water
1⁄2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
3⁄4 cup frozen mango chunks
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 40-ounce container in the order listed and secure lid.
2. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10.
3. Blend for 40 to 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
4. Mixture will form four distinct quadrants in the container when it is ready to serve. Do not overmix or melting will occur.

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