Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Salad Dressings

My husband was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago.  What a stressful situation that was and is!  What were we going to do, and how were we going to fight this disease?  We immediately switched to a raw food diet, consisting mainly of fruit and vegetable salads.  My husband called it rabbit food.  I called it a necessity.  But I’d have to admit, eating the same thing day in and day out was tiring.  To change it up, I began experimenting with salad dressings.  I wanted one easy to prepare and healthy.  In my search I found one simple dressing with many variations.  Here are seven.

½ cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar
¼ cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 tsp. Sea salt
1 clove garlic, crushed

Combine all ingredients in covered jar.  Shake well.  Shake each time before using.

Variations – Add to vinaigrette:

Feta Cheese          3 TBSP crumbled, or crumble over salad

Herbal                    1 TBSP Minced parsley
                                1 tsp. thyme
                                3/4tsp. Italian seasoning

French                    1 tsp. Minced onion
                                1 tomato, pureed
                                1 tsp. Agave nectar or honey

Wasabi                  1 tsp. wasabi powder or paste

Horseradish          1 TBSP horseradish

Italian                     1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
                                ¼ tsp. Garlic powder

Fruit                        ¼ cup orange marmalade
                                1 tsp. Paprika
                                ½ tsp. celery seeds or poppy seeds
Omit garlic in vinaigrette
Use lemon juice instead of vinegar


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