WARNING- Bottled and Restaurant salad dressings almost always contain loads of oil, dairy, corn syrup, preservatives, colorings, thickeners and MSG. These dressings can add 120 calories in just 1 Tablespoon!
You can easily play with the fantastic SOLUTION of BLENDING your own dressing blends at home! As long as it’s pourable and tastes good to you, it can be a salad dressing.
Start with Liquids: Water, fruit juice, vinegars or broth. EX. 1-2 Tbsp vinegar to 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water, juice or broth.
Add fruits/veggies: apples, pears, mango, orange, peach, berries, dates, raisins, cucumber, tomato,
onion, garlic, peppers, etc. EX 1/4-1/2 cup (roasting can add depth of flavor as well)
Add thickeners - fats, beans & tubers: 1-2 Tbsp 15-30 minute soaked nuts/seeds for a creamy and nutritious add in - hemp, walnut, pecan, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, cashew, peanut butter etc.
Avocado, any pre-cooked beans, potatoes or squash will add another thickening element.
Add fresh & Dried Herbs of choice: Start with 2 Tbsp fresh or 1/2 tsp dried to start.
Add zing factor: fresh garlic, shallot, ginger, onion, jalapeño, radish, kelp, mustard, blk. pepper, hot
sauce or lemon zest.