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Summer Salad Dressings

June 27, 2011

Summer weather is a great time to introduce some refreshing salads into your alkaline diet.  The Alkaline Sisters offer up some great tips for making your own healthy salad dressings at home using alkaline ingredients:

Here are some 101 Basics:

-Use lemon or lime to replace all vinegars

-Use raw zucchini, avocado, nuts, seeds or hemp seeds to make a dressing creamy, carefully adding filtered water for consistency if required

-Use fresh herbs when possible or allow dried ones to mingle in dressing before serving.

-Go crazy with spices as they can really make it yummy- chipotle, curry, Italian, chili, etc.

-Use organic, extra virgin olive oil and taste test naked for preference as so many are way to peppery or acidic in the back of your throat and may not be the flavour you are looking for.  Buy the best olive oil you can afford, it will make all the difference in the flavour of your recipes.

-Accent your salads with healthy raw unrefined oils like almond, avocado, sunflower seed, pumpkin, walnut, hazelnut, olive, flax seed, etc. knowing that olive oil is the healthiest unsaturated oil alongside coconut oil.  Add in omega oil combinations like Udos for extra good measure!

-Avoid altogether canola, corn oil, vegetable, safflower oil… the not so good oils.

-Use organic, extra virgin olive oil and taste test naked for preference as so many are way to peppery or acidic in the back of your throat and may not be the flavour you are looking for.  Buy the best olive oil you can afford, it will make all the difference in the flavour of your recipes.

-Always be careful and use toasted oils esp. sesame in serious moderation as they do have carcinogens present in them.

-Always use fresh garlic and ginger, best grated on a rasp, no excuses here!  Freeze your ginger and then grate as needed and you’ll always have some handy!

-Raw nut butters are quick to add for flavour and creaminess

-Use healthy salts; tropical sea salt, Himalayan, Celtic

Braggs liquid aminos is a great flavour enhancer esp. for Asian recipes (soya sauce replacement)

-Use fruit and natural sweeteners like agave & stevia in moderation to minimize tummy upset when combined with greens-moderation is key

-A blender is handy for combining nuts and seeds, or wisking is fine for liquid only dressings.

-If your oil smells off it’s probably rancid- Do Not use!  -very toxic if it is old.  Check your oils often and store nut oils in the fridge.

-Most dressings will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge but not longer.

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Credit:  The Alkaline Sisters Website

 

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