“Do you know a good salad dressing?” she asked me. “Because everything I google has like 15 ingredients and half of them I don’t even have in my house.” Salad dressing? But that’s so easy, I said. I stopped using bottled dressing because I threw away so much money by never finishing them before they turned bad. They also have way too many unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients, and a lot of times I simply didn’t like the taste: they were either too sweet, too creamy, too salty or too tangy. And too thick. You try to pour a little bit and end up with a fat blob on your plate. Ugh!
So for the longest time I’ve dressed my salad very basic: a drizzle of olive oil, a little vinegar, salt, and pepper. Was it the best dressing? No. But it wasn’t the worst either. I just didn’t want to get bottled stuff and didn’t have the time to search for a killer salad dressing recipe. That’s not helping you much right now, huh? Hang on – it get’s better:
I tried to think back to some of the best tasting dressings I had and was taken back to summer vacations in the Mediterranean… the dressings were rich in olive oil and had just enough kick from a touch of Dijon mustard. So I tried to recreate it and really, some days in my kitchen adventures of throwing things together and hoping they turn out, things actually turn out great (see my white bean & rosemary dip). How do I know? In the words of my husband: “I didn’t think I would eat that whole salad because I wasn’t that hungry, but the dressing was so good, it made me eat the whole bowl.”
Did you hear that? IT MADE ME EAT THE WHOLE BOWL!!!
Of course you also need to have some good, fresh salad ingredients too, but trust me, it wasn’t anything too fancy that day: lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, red onions, avocado. And I think some carrots. A great tasting dressing like this simple vinaigrette is key to making a salad novice enjoy more leafy greens and raw foods. It emphasizes the good flavors, and the fat will allow you to absorb more of the vitamins from those raw foods. That said, please stay away from fat-free dressings. Stay away from fat-free anything really. It’s a crime against your health and against good food. Fat does not make you fat. If you want to find out more about what other delicious real foods you could be eating instead, contact me and we’ll find out.