I used to assume making my own salad dressings would be time consuming, expensive, kind of complicated. Instead, I found the health benefits far outweigh the tiny effort it takes. A good fat, a tart vinegar, herbs/spices, maybe a healthy sweetener, and viola- two or three weeks of delicious, nutritious dressing for those fresh salads.
Why not just buy the bottled? Take a look at the ingredient list and realize that almost all the oils used tend to be rancid, processed, and hence carcinogenic. The MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and other chemical additives can cancel out the wellness benefits of the salad itself. Instead, you can multiply nutrition, flavor, and freshness by making your own dressings.
Confession here – I don’t cook for enjoyment. I prepare food so I can get the taste and health benefits I want. Which means that almost everything I make in the kitchen is quick and easy.
Here’s the dressing I made today, my favorite:
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Makes about 3 cups
1 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons flaxseed oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
4-5 cloves garlic, slightly chopped
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Store in quart glass jar in fridge. Will keep 2-4 weeks in fridge, though you may need to shake before using.
Note: I use a turbo-blender (BlendTec or Vitamix) that has markings on the side, so I use them to measure ingredients. Doesn’t have to be super exact.
I didn’t used to like salads very often either- but with this dressing I have them as dinner about three times each week.
Go-to Simple Tossed Salad
(lasts my husband and I about a week)
1 package spring greens mix
2 carrots, scrubbed and grated
1 cucumber, semi-peeled and chopped (I take strips of the peel off , but leave some on)
2 tomatoes, chopped or sliced
3-4 green onions, chopped
Couple handfuls raw pumpkin seeds
Couple handfuls dried cranberries
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Cover tightly to store in fridge.
I love how I feel including so many raw greens and veggies in my life. And miss them when I don’t get them for some reason. I find my body has enough reserves to last about four days. After that, energy plummets and I feel like a slug. I try not to let that happen. I wish you the calm energy and sense of well-being that adding lots of plant food gives.
To Amazing Life!