A friend of mine recently saw my doctor and needed some options to jazz up his limited diet, particularly in the salad area. After all, you can only eat dry lettuce for so long before you start getting seriously grumpy. I was going to email some recipes to his wife, but then I thought I’d post them here in case someone else could benefit from them.
Healthy Vinaigrette (alkaline-forming, yeast-fighting)
1/2 C raw, organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1/3 C organic Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil, or Udo’s Choice Oil
1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
2 tsp Xylitol or 4 drops Stevia (use Honey if not worried about yeast or body acidity)
2 cloves minced Garlic
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
freshly ground black pepper
Mix together and store in refrigerator. We’ll keep this for up to 2 weeks. After that, I get creeped out and toss it. (Notes: Olive oil solidifies below room temperature, so if you use it in the dressing, you’ll need to hold your container under running hot water to “melt” the oil before pouring the dressing. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is a wheat-, gluten-, and fermentation-free soy/tamari sauce substitute available in all health food stores. Also, this is basically the recipe on Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar bottle, not my original creation.)
Middle Eastern Lemon Herb Dressing (alkaline-forming, good for anti-yeast diets)
1/4 C chopped fresh Parsley
1/4 C chopped fresh Mint
1 clove minced Garlic
1/4 C Lemon Juice (fresh-squeezed is best, of course)
1/4 C organic extra virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper
Emulsify with a whisk or, for a smoother dressing, puree in a blender. This is especially delicious over a salad of chopped raw green cabbage or chopped tomatoes and cucumbers (no need to limit yourself to lettuce salads!).
Southwestern Lemon Herb Dressing (alkaline-forming, good for anti-yeast diets)
2 T fresh chopped Cilantro
1 T fresh chopped Mint
1 T fresh chopped Basil
1 T raw chopped pumpkin seeds
3 T extra virgin Olive Oil
3 T Lemon Juice (freshly-squeezed is best, of course)
Emulsify with a whisk or, for a smoother dressing, puree in a blender.
Two more ideas:
1) While I don’t know the proportions they use, Cafe Express serves a delicious dressing made with only olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and crushed red pepper. If you start with a 1:1 ratio of olive oil to lemon juice, you can add olive oil and seasoning to your personal taste.
2) Avocados are often used to make healthy dressings creamy without dairy. I have not yet tried this myself, but I plan to do so as soon as I run out of the two dressings I already have made up in my fridge.
Thanks again for reading!