Friday, August 17, 2012

8 Healthy Easy-to-Make Raw Salad Dressings

One of the most horrifying experiences for me is to watch people eat salads without a dressing. I can virtually see all the fat-soluble vitamins going down the drain. Very often this nutritional "crime" is perpetrated by health and weight conscious people who seem not to understand how the human physiology works.

People fail to understand that fat is absolutely vital to our health. The human brain needs essential fatty acids in order to function properly. The liver and gall bladder cannot perform their function without fat. And yet, people are afraid to come near the olive oil bottle. Salad dressings are important for our nutrition, but like with everything, the amount and the quality is vital. Your salad does not have to swim in oil. And you never have to buy a commercially made dressing. Not even if the label say it's organic.

Spicy honey dressing
  • 1/4 cup virgin flax oil
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of pink Himalaya salt
In a bowl whisk flax oil with honey. Add balsamic vinegar. Whisk again. Add chili flakes and mix well. Add salt to taste. Ready!

Herb dressing
  • 1 cup minced medley of fresh herbs: dill, parsley, cilantro, basil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Celtic salt & black pepper taste
In a bowl mix herbs, spring onions and garlic. Add olive oil and balsamico. Mix gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ready!

Honey mustard dressing
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp organic grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp purified water
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Celtic salt & black pepper to taste
In a bowl whisk honey, olive oil and mustard into a smooth dressing. Add water if the dressing is too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Japanese dressing
  • 2 Tbsp organic miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp raw sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp light Japanese soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 
In a bowl mix miso paste, sesame oil and lemon juice. Add water to obtain the right dressing consistency.  Add ginger, salt and pepper to taste. Add spring onion and mix gently. Ready!

Avocado dressing
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water 
Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust the amount of liquid to obtain nice creamy dressing. Enjoy!

Mexican dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • Celtic salt to taste
In a bowl whisk olive oil and lemon juice. Add garlic, cilantro and jalapeño. Mix gently. Add cumin and and Celtic salt to taste. Ready!

Almond butter ginger dressing
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup purified water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Celtic salt & black pepper to taste
In a bowl whisk almond butter, olive oil, water and lemon juice until you receive smooth dressing. Adjust liquids if necessary. Add ginger and garlic. Mix well. Add salt to taste. Enjoy in good company!

Spicy yoghurt paprika dressing
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 hot chili pepper
  • 1 cup natural organic yoghurt
  • 3 Tbsp organic flax oil
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic salt
In a food processor blend bell pepper, chili and yoghurt into a smooth and creamy dressing. Add flax oil and salt and process for another 30 seconds. Enjoy on leafy greens or as a dip! Replace yoghurt with cashew butter if you are a vegan.

These are my favorite recipes. They are easy and quick. They are here to give you an idea what you can concoct in you kitchen using simple ingredients. There is absolutely no limit to your creativity. Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs, and use different kinds of oils and nut butters. Always use best raw, organic ingredients you can afford to buy.

Dress your salads! Salad dressings make salads not only more interesting, but also so much healthier.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2012


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