We have been having a wonderful spring time now and farmers’ markets are coming back and booming! Thanks to our local farmers we are able to use their produce and make wonderful and yummy salads for our families. Salads taste best especially when they are in season, right? But what about dressings, do you buy them or do you make your own? I would like to share with you a basic dressing recipe that is very easy to make and so good for you.
- 1 teaspoon Dijon-type mustard (smooth or grainy, whatever you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar (raw coconut vinegar works fine as well)
- ½ cup extra virgin cold -pressed olive oil (Buy olive oil in dark bottles only and keep it away from light, heat and air!)
- 1 clove organic garlic (optional) – pressed or chopped very finely
- Fresh herbs (optional): thyme, basil, parsley, oregano, tarragon – 1tsp each, finely chopped
In a small bowl, using a fork, mix mustard with raw apple cider vinegar. In a thin stream add olive oil, stirring all the time until all is well mixed or emulsified. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and enjoy with your greens!
As you can see, this is pretty easy and you use only very few ingredients. Have you ever looked on the ingredients list of a dressing you might be having at home?
Game: What do you think, what is this product?
Soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), water, pickle relish, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, dehydrated egg yolk, algin derivative and xanthan gum (for consistency), mustard flour, natural flavors, dehydrated onion, spice, calcium disodium EDTA (to preserve freshness). The product is: Wish Bone Thousand Island Dressing
Soybean oil, HFCS, EDTA, natural flavors (it is usually MSG!), algin derivative and xanthan gum are all ingredients that are harsh on your body and really unnecessary! EDTA is added to make sure that the dressing has a long shelf life. It is pretty disgusting. It is much easier and healthier to make your own! And you can be creative with it using other spices such as paprika, dried onion, pepper; fresh ginger, juice of lemons, raw honey … you name it. ;o)
Happy May Everyone!
Anna Simpson is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the owner of a nutritional consulting business, Well Beyond Nutrition – Nutritional Therapy with Healing Foods. Anna is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
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