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Favorite Five Nutritious Salad Dressings

Basic Salad Dressing with Variations

Use high power blender for best results

  • 1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. unrefined flaxseed oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine, apples cider, or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp alfalfa sprouts

Variations:

Add 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped parsley, thyme or oregano, green onion, my fav…fresh basil…Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Strawberry-Poppy Seed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (or raspberries)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh basil
  • Blend all ingredients except poppy seeds briefly in a high -powered blender. Add poppy seeds and pulse a couple of times.

This dressing is perfect with the Spinach-strawberry salad. Makes 1 1/4 cups.

Asian Ginger Dressing

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger root, minced
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (can use Sesame oil, less nutritious but has a wonderful taste)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Nama Shoyu
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey

Blend all together in a high-powered blender until the honey is liquified and the ginger root and garlic are well blended. Makes about a 1 1/2 cup. Great with cabbage salad

Avocado Dressing

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2-4 tbsp. water to achieve the desired consistency

Blend all together, toss into salad immediately before serving. Makes 2 -2 1/2 cups

Healthy Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup organic buttermilk
  • 1 cup organic sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Blend briefly in a high-powered blender until just mixed, pour into a jar, and put in the fridge for a few hours to blend the flavors. Makes about 2 cups.

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