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Mix Up Your Salad: 2 Clean Dressing Recipes

  • Published on: 25 August, 2014
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016

Dear summer, your farmers markets have been sooooo good to me. Does anyone else fawn over those bags of perfectly portioned double-washed greens? (I mean seriously, fresh organic lettuce AND getting someone else to wash it for you??) Yes… I’ve been spoiled, and I’m trying to savor every last bit of raw greens I can handle before the cold weather comes and it’s time to switch over to cooked food.

It’s important to get your greens in every season, but when the weather outside is frightful (sing it with me), eating raw/cooling foods will not nourish your yang/Qi enough to combat the cold temperature. When fall or winter comes, I always eat cooked greens or greens in soup. To read more about why I do this, click here.

So, before salad season comes to a close, here are two clean dressing recipes that will make your taste buds sing and assure you never get bored of eating your vegetables!

•Dad’s Secret Recipe: House Dressing (shown above)•

  • 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 oz. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tsp. organic mayo
  • 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • secret ingredient: 2 spoonfuls of pepperoncini juice if available, OR pickle juice!

I know the secret ingredient sounds crazy, but it gives it a savory tang that never gets old. You can find imported pickled pepperoncinis at any local Italian store. If you don’t like to eat mayo, simply omit that ingredient and use a total of 1 & 1/2 tsp. of dijon mustard to make up for it.

•Dreamy Creamy Garlic & Onion Dressing•

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (2 will be spicier!)

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. I used a Ninja blender “to-go” cup for easy cleanup and it was perfect. This dressing is so good and a great dairy-free option for those who miss a creamy taste and texture. It would serve as a great vegetable dip as well!


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Mariam Bandarian

Yum Yum! Can't wait to try some of these delicious recipes! Thanks

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