Your Salads Will Marry This: DIY Homemade Salad Dressings!

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”  ~                      1 Corinthians 10:31

My congregation’s True Nation Organics department (Husbandry) has flourished wonderfully in the past few years all thanks to the Most High! Our garden is consistently yielding all types of greens and lettuce which means a lot of salads will be the main way I incorporate these bountiful harvested greens and lettuce into my diet daily. This inspired me to try new things, like, making my own SALAD DRESSING! Hey, Salad dressing is important for many reasons. For one, it makes eating your veggies less business and more pleasure! It’s natural, easy and cheap; and not deceiving and harmful like most manufactured salad dressings. So lets do it!

The Salad Dressing Base

The Base of salad dressings could be different depending on individual preference. Mine however, stays pretty consistent.

  • Fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

These ingredients along with fresh minced garlic makes my basic salad dressing! I use this often to simply bring out the flavors of the veggies and/or fruit within my salads. Simple yet flavorful!

*Buy oils that are stored in dark glass bottles and that are harvest within the current year with a “Best By” date that is at least 2 years away.

Balsamic Raspberry

In a blender add:

  • Juice of 1 ½ fresh lemons
  • 3 pinches of sea salt (healthy pinches)
  • 2 pinches of black pepper
  • 1 8oz container of fresh raspberries (washed and drained)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar (depending on your tang preference)
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp. of honey
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • Blend to puree. While blending, pour slow stream of 6-9 Tbsp. olive oil.

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This dressing is equal sweetness to tang that is perfect with the saltiness of Greek feta cheese on top of a garden salad!

*Strawberries, or plums can be used in place of raspberries.

 

 

Savory Peanut Twist

In a blender add:

  • Fresh lemon juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 5 Tbsp. peanut butter (organic and unsalted) or half cup of almonds, peanuts or cashews
  • 2 pinches Black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 pinch red chili flakes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Blend to puree. While blending, pour slow stream 8-10 Tbsp. extra virgin! olive oil. Blend until all ingredients are pureed.

Asian-Peanut-Sauce-and-Salad-Dressing-only-2-ingredients-1This dressing is Thai inspired and is savory and creamy. Perfect on chicken salads, stir fry, and as a dipping sauce!

 

 

 

Balsamic Vinaigrette

In a bowl whisk together:

  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. honey
  • equal amount of balsamic vinegar to lemon juice
  • Whist together these ingredients first. After they are mixed, add slow stream of 3 Tbsp. of garlic infused olive oil or plain olive oil and fresh minced garlic.

Photo+Oct+28,+11+26+43+AMCaprese-Salad-with-Balsamic-Glaze-2Perfect on arugula and romaine salad or as simple as steak tomatoes and mozzarella cheese!

 

 

 

Honey Soy Sauce

In a bowl whisk:

  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • Equal amount of soy sauce for amount of lemon juice, plus on 1 tsp. over of soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey or to taste
  • 1 splash of water
  • 1 fresh garlic clove

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Creamy Avocado

In a blender add:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ Tbsp. of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 3Tbsp. of olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1healthy pinch of black pepper and sea salt
  • ½ -1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

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There you have it! Just a few easy delicious recipes to get you started! Store bought dressing are not as healthy. If you should buy manufactured dressing, please look out for ingredients such as; hydrogenated oils, fake color dyes like Red #40 and Yellow #5, Titanium Dioxide, MSG, High-fructose and other processed sugars. Get creative with your dressings. Enjoy your salads and not resent them!

“Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth”  ~Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) in the Apocrypha

 

*Helpful information on the above harmful ingredients:

MSG:http://truenation.org/tnwomen/articles/what-is-lurking-in-our-cabinets/

Hydrogenated Oil: http://truenation.org/tnwomen/portfolio-view/hydrogenated-oil/

Red #40:http://truenation.org/tnwomen/articles/red-40/

Sugar:http://truenation.org/tnwomen/portfolio-view/sugar-in-moderation/

Healthy Oils:http://truenation.org/tnwomen/portfolio-view/a-chefs-guide-for-healthy-oils/

Other forms of swine: http://truenation.org/tnwomen/portfolio-view/a-form-of-pork/

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