The dressing IS a big part of the meal.
Everyone knows, (well almost everyone knows) that the base of a healthy diet is green vegetables, and that the centerpiece of any healthy diet is the salad!
There is something amazing about salads; besides being the most nutrient rich meals of the day, they are light and filling. Depending on how you prepare them they can one of the most filling nutrient rich meals of the day.
Like “the sandwich” and other food preparation franchises, there are unlimited ways to make a salad. The constant is leafy greens.
Now, as popular as salads have become, and as healthy and convenient as they can be as a staple in any healthy diet no matter what brand or diet type, salads are the subject of as many diet traps as the Standard American Diet.
Well, the reason is, you can put just about anything on a salad in the world of westernized diets and have it still be called a “salad”.
Now one of the biggest diet traps of modern day salads is the dressing.
First, let me say, that the mark of a great salad dressing is that it’s a whole food and one of the “food ingredients”. If you were to run out of salad, you could then lick the bowl and eat up the salad dressing.
But that’s not the case with 99% of salad dressings.
Would you ever consider putting a spoonful of ranch dressing in your mouth?Of course not.
Here are the ingredients in the standard ranch dressing.
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dill weed
1/4 c. milk
1 tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup buttermilk may be used instead.
Now why would you ever want to put a scoop of mayonnaise, in your mouth? combined with sour cream? And this is a mild ranch dressing and if you were running clean (eating a healthy diet), I assure you, after eating any significant quantity of this recipe would be a recipe for hacking up, Flem and a runny nose.
Because the ingredients are not whole foods, they are irritants that assembled taste pretty good, and drown out your salad.
But why do you want to drown our your salad?
Are you still thinking that vegetables and fruits and nuts and seeds don’t taste good?
And why wouldn’t you want to have a salad dressing that was so tasty, you could drink the dressing?
When you make whole food dressings, that’s exactly what can happen for you.
A whole food dressing recipe:
A great recipe I use often:
chick peas in my vita-mix, smoothie blender, along with some peppers, orange juice and some veggie zest, and you can make an amazing whole foods dressings. We will share more whole foods dressings in our new book Nutrient Rich Dressings.
- 1 c. chick peas
- 1/2 pepper (red or green)
- 1 tsp. MatoZest
- Splash of Orange Juice
Now, if you don’t want to make your salad dressings, there is another way. First of all, there all all kinds of new more real food, whole foods salad dressings coming out, which you can get at grocers, like Whole Foods
Market. Most other grocery stores are not as progressive as Whole Foods, so you are not going to find healthy salad dressings at most grocers.
But now, you can also buy Dr Fuhrman’s Salad Dressings!
Leave it to Dr Fuhrman Foods to come up with a great trio of salad dressings, to dress your salad for success!
Both nutritious and delicious these healthy salad dressings will liven up your salad!
Dr. Fuhrman’s dressings are made with only the highest quality, fresh, all natural ingredients. Heart healthy raw nuts and seeds take the place of unhealthy oils found in most other dressings. These unique recipes use nuts and seeds with other nutrient-rich ingredients to create a scrumptious, full flavored taste in every bottle. Your salads will never be the same!
No Oil – No Salt – No Preservatives
Vegan & Gluten Free
Tuscan Herb Dressing contains a perfect balance of classic Mediterranean flavors: tomatoes, fresh roasted garlic, onion, basil, oregano and red pepper. This creamy and flavorful recipe may become your “go to” dressing for every occasion. Nutrition Facts
BlueberryPom Dressing is packed with the antioxidant rich duo of blueberries and pomegranate. A healthy combination of colorful fruits is rounded out with the natural sweetness of dates and the unique flavor of cashews. Add a delicious serving of fruit to every salad! Nutrition Facts
Veggie Dijon Dressing begins with a base of seven healthy vegetables (carrot, watercress, spinach, lettuce, celery, beet and parsley) blended with cashews and sunflower seeds to provide a smooth and creamy dressing or dip. A hint of mustard adds a zesty, savory note to round out this distinctive dressing. Nutrition Facts
If you are new to the world of whole food, healthy salad dressings, start with Dr Fuhrman Salad Dressings.