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As you make the switch to real food eating making your own salad dressing is a great place to start. And apple cider vinegar salad dressing is a great one to start with.
Salad dressing is the perfect example of what real food should look like.
Please don’t think of it as just something to coat your lettuce with. Salad dressing made from scratch, especially raw apple cider vinegar salad dressing, actually makes your salad healthier!
Making your own salad dressing is simple and easy, but provides amazing benefits. Take a look at the ingredients that go into salad dressing and see how healthy each one is.
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Salad Dressing Ingredients
- Is a probiotic food.
- Helps to lower blood sugar levels.
- Is good for heart health.
- Is rich in monounsaturated fats.
- Contains large amounts of antioxidants.
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Fresh lemon juice
- Is a good source of vitamin C.
- Acts as a digestive aid and helps to clean the liver.
- Helps to detoxify.
- Contains more minerals than regular table salt.
- Garlic has manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, and fiber.
- It boosts the immune system.
- Garlic can help to reduce blood pressure.
- It can help to improve cholesterol levels.
- Is full of antioxidants.
- Are a rich source of antioxidants.
- Help to protect you from cancer.
- Good for digestion.
- They are anti-fungal.
- And full of fiber, folic acid, and Vitamin B.
- Improves taste.
- Antibacterial and antiviral.
- Many have antioxidants.
- Many have high amounts of Vitamin B.
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Anchovies (maybe not for all), but definitely beneficial with…
- Omega 3 fatty acids.
- Vitamin A
Honey (if you want a touch of sweetness)
- A good source of antioxidants, especially when raw.
- Is antibacterial and antifungal.
- Is loaded with phytonutrients.
- And helps with digestion.
Store bought vs homemade salad dressing
Have you read any pre-bottled salad dressing ingredients lately?
Brace yourself, because when you do, you will find a literal witch’s brew of chemicals and preservatives. Rancid oils, stabilizers, preservatives, artificial/natural flavors, refined sweeteners, and MSG.
Store bought salad dressing ingredient labels are likely to read something like this…soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, water, pickle relish, dehydrated egg yolk, algin derivative and xanthan gum, mustard flour, natural flavors, dehydrated onion, spice, calcium disodium EDTA.
Compare that with homemade salad dressing…vinegar, salt, pepper, shallots, garlic, dijon mustard, and olive oil.
I don’t know about you, but to me it’s pretty obvious…
- You can either coat your salad with something that will help you and is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes.
- Or you can coat your salad with something that will harm you like rancid oils or MSG, just to name a couple of not so nice ingredients.
And I do hope that you are not still fooled by the low fat or no fat lie. You NEED healthy fats in your diet.
Healthy fats help:
- To improve your cholesterol levels.
- Your heart.
- To control your blood sugar.
- Your body to properly digest the fat-soluble vitamins in your salad.
And it will taste so much better!
Making your own salad dressing is easy. You can be simple or fancy and you can easily experiment with different herbs and spices. Remember, the spices and herbs add more than taste, they add lots of nutrients too!
Salad Dressing Recipes
Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, with the mother
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- dash pepper
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 Tablespoon minced shallots
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 6 Tablespoons Olive oil
- Mix together the vinegar, salt & pepper, garlic, shallots, and mustard.
- Add the olive oil in a slow stream while whisking.
I find this salad dressing bottle to be perfect for mixing vinaigrette dressing recipes like this one. It’s very easy to measure out the ingredients as they are pre marked on the sides of the bottle and there are recipes for more salad dressings also right on the bottle.
Creamy Thousand Island Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons pickle relish
- Dash red pepper flakes, if desired, for a kick
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
- For a thinner, more pourable dressing, you can add a little bit of cream or milk or even some pickle juice.
- This also makes a great secret sauce for hamburgers.
- If you want a thicker dressing for dipping veggies you could trade out the buttermilk and use either sour cream or Greek yogurt.
- And you could use kefir in place of the buttermilk if you want a good probiotic punch.
If you are in a real rush and don’t have lots of ingredients on hand you can get super simple.
Super Simple Salad Dressing
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar of your choice
- ¼ Teaspoon sea salt
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
Mix together and shake!
As you can probably tell, homemade salad dressings really are a cut above what you will find on your store shelves. And they really are a good first step in transitioning to real foods. They are easy to make and full of nutrition. And it’s so much fun to be creative with them. Especially the vinaigrettes. You can swap out different vinegars and add in herbs and just experiment and have fun with it.
So you see, there really is no excuse! Start making your own dressing as soon as possible to avoid the multitude of unhealthy store bought options and reap the benefits of healthy homemade salad dressing.
- Make your own salad dressing.
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