“A salad simply is too wonderful a moment in the meal to waste on assumptions…make one of an ingredient about which you get excited, or of whatever looks most lively, or of whatever you have around already.”1
Salad plates and bowls are a great way to take action this year, to increase your intake of fresh, whole, raw, organic, natural foods, and infuse a little extra antioxidant and immune boosting power into your daily diet. Humble ingredients, or more daring, a salad need not be lettuce at all if its not in season…and a dressing need never be boring from a bottle!
Whether your salad base is cold roasted beets, sweet potato, asparagus, broccoli, red pepper, or cauliflower – boiled green beans or egg – spinach, kale or romaine – whether it has added lentils, rice, beans, cold pasta – sweet onion or the extra crunch of walnuts, hemp hearts, cashews, chia seeds, or pepitas – a touch of sweetness from berries, citrus, apple, or pomegranate seeds, or saltiness from goat cheese, tuna, or anchovies, most people agree that the salad “dressing” can make or break the final enjoyment of it!
Many commercial salad dressings, though tantalizing to our taste buds, are actually made with unhealthy fats, sugars, and undesirable additives.
Once you have the basic ingredients on hand, making your own dressing is quick, easy, healthy, and delicious!
Use the following basic ‘recipes’ as a guide to make your own D.I.Y. versions. Taste and tweak as you go before drizzling them over your salad plate. Soon you’ll be whipping one up each time with your own favourite healthy ingredients.
Since they are not heated, salad dressings, like breakfast smoothies, are a great way to add the antioxidant and immune boosting power found in a drop or two of genuine Young Living ‘Vitality™’ or ‘Plus™ +’ (food flavouring) essential oil (essential oils that are FDA (US) certified & NHP [Health Canada] approved).
We’ve suggested a few to choose from according to taste…
Keep unused vinaigrettes in a glass jar in refrigerator and use them until their gone! They’re also lovely drizzled over steamed veggies, rice, or cooked pasta.
D.I.Y. BASIC VINAIGRETTE ~ Whisk the following ingredients together in a measuring cup or small bowl, or shake together in a jar with a tight fitting lid:
1/3 cup organic extra virgin Olive oil OR Avocado oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard OR your favourite Hummus
1 Tablespoon Wine vinegar (red or white) OR Balsamic vinegar (Note: if using apple Cider vinegar reduce to 1 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon Pink salt OR Sea salt
1 Garlic clove smashed and finely minced on top of the salt on cutting board (to soak up its oil)
1 Shallot or slice of Sweet onion finely chopped (optional) – NOTE: adding onion or shallot to the vinaigrette ahead of time lessens their pungency and pulls out their sweetness.
1 drop of a genuine Young Living ‘Vitality™’ or ‘Plus™ +’ (food flavouring) essential oil of your choice ~ (FDA (US) certified & NHP [Health Canada] approved).
U.S. / Vitality™ oils from Young Living Essential Oils: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh™, Clove, Ginger, Basil, Coriander, Fennel, Dill, Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, Black Pepper, Celery Seed or Sage.
Canada / ‘Plus™ +’ (food flavouring) essential oil: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Basil, Black Pepper, or Oregano.
A drop of Clove Vitality™ oil added to your dressing, for example, is lovely with beets. Lemon in a fruit salad. Ginger Vitality™ with green beans and cashews. Basil with spinach and chick peas. Coriander with roasted sweet potato and kale, Thyme or Tarragon Vitality™ with tomatoes and tuna. Black Pepper with eggs and romaine.
D.I.Y. CREAMY DRESSING
Same as above adding 2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt or Creme Fraiche
D.I.Y. ORANGE-GINGER SWEET ASIAN DRESSING & GARNISH
Same as above adding 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil + 1 Tablespoon unpasteurized honey + 1 drop Young Living Ginger Vitality™ EO + 1 drop Young Living Orange Vitality™ (or ‘Plus +’ food flavouring EO / Canada)
Garnish: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds (brown or white) over finished salad. [To toast your own sesame seeds: Spread evenly on non stick cookie sheet. Place in 300 degree F. oven for 10 to 12 minutes (for brown sesame seeds). 5 to 7 minutes for white sesame seeds. You will smell them when they’re ready to come out of the oven and cool.]
D.I.Y. NINGXIA RED DRESSING
Same as above adding 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon Ningxia Red antioxidant juice.
Bonus Complete Recipe & Instructions:
Here’s our bonus complete recipe and instructions for a Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Lentil Chicken Salad with Sesame Balsamic Vinaigrette. Try adding a drop of Black Pepper, Coriander , or Ginger Vitality™ essential oil to finish this vinaigrette!!!
with joy over Creative Salading together with you!
Diana E. Natalie.
1. [Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal ~ Cooking With Economy and Grace, 2011. Scribner.]
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (linked), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.
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