I’ve noticed that salad dressings are really important to people. Ha ha, really! How many people do you know that would eat a salad without dressing? Unfortunately, a lot of the dressings out there contain unwanted ingredients. I’m not even talking about calories; that doesn’t bother me so much. My goal is more about the quality of my calories, and that means I’m looking at the quality of my ingredients. Pre-packaged salad dressings usually contain highly processed, unnecessary, and just plain unhealthy ingredients. Bruce Bradley does a good job of outlining that here: I know that it’s hard to just go brontosaurus on a bitter salad without your favorite dressing, but the bitterness is a sign that nature has packed good things into those leaves.
So, don’t give yourself a pass by saying it doesn’t matter how much dressing you pile onto your bowl of greens, even when you’ve been informed that it’s not that good for you. We’re shooting for optimal health, not compromise health here! I’m going to share with you what I do to make a tasty salad dressing from just a few whole ingredients. You can play around with it and change the flavor, but the base is solid:
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
ground black pepper
1 drop lemon essential oil (you can buy the best kind here:)
Combine everything in a little ramekin or bowl and swish it around to mix it, and pour over your salad. I think you’ll be surprised how much flavor and goodness happens! And the cool thing is, not only have you stripped out all the additives you’d normally have in a dressing, but each one of these ingredients gives you a health benefit! For example, the olive oil is a good fat and is great for your heart (don’t go cheap–get the extra virgin), the salt contains healthy minerals, and the lemon oil naturally adds antioxidants and detoxifies.
Let me know what you think of it!
Here’s To Your Greatness,
P.S. Try switching out hemp oil for the olive oil if you want a more earthy flavor. There’s a place here in Kentucky called Victory Hemp Foods that produces it.