5 Weekday Plant-Powered Dressings that will change your Summer Salad Game.

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5 Weekday Plant-Powered Dressings that will change your Summer Salad Game.

With summer comes salad. Salads are not only a great way to get your daily dose of green foods. Salads cool the body, calm the mind, feed the gut, and stimulate the heart chakra. Salads can be a one-bowl meal filled with all the nutrients, flavors, textures and all the goodness we need to energize us. But it’s not just about the salad. It’s also about how it’s dressed. Yes, the dressing can be a game changer. Dressings add flavor and nutrients to salads as well as helps to  break down plant fibers, making way for smoother digestion.

So why on earth would you want to make your own dressing, when you can just pick a bottle up at the grocery store? Not that you shouldn’t sometimes, but making your own dressings has so many benefits:

  1. Less Cost

The price point for a decent bottle of dressing can be anywhere from $2.50-5.00, or more in some cases. Whether on a budget on not, the price for condiments can easily add up to the cost of a meal. Making your own is cost-effective in the long-run because…

  • with fresh wholesome ingredients, you won’t feel the need to drown out your salad.
  • they are teeming with vital nutrients that will make your body and mind healthier over time.
  1. More health giving properties

If you’ve read a nutrition label on a bottle of dressing, chances are you have noticed that most are made with canola oil. Despite how it’s marketed, the canola seed, rapeseed, is a GM (genetically modified) food and by way of manufacturing, is highly processed with solvents and others unnecessary additives. Certainly ones you can avoid when you make your own, giving you more control of the ingredients you decide to put into your body. Home made dressings made with real food ingredients have more enzymes and fiber found in living foods to help with digestion, provide the anti-bacterial and probiotics benefits of onions, garlic, an array of vitamins and minerals found in herbs and spices as well as the cleansing effect of limes, lemons and apple cider vinegar. All dressing recipes are antioxidant rich and a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and plant protein.

  1. More creativity

While there are some basic rules for making a dressing like fat, acid, and sugar for balance and salt for the finish. You can make a dressing with some of your favorite ingredients in these categories. You can choose to use a whole food fat, like an avocado or coconut. You can play around with different herbs, and even use whole fruit, like berries, dates and figs as sweeteners. You can add green powders, spices, and even kombucha, if you really want to go hard. And then you’ll have times when simple is just right and can do just that. The point is making it yourself gives you options, flexibility and a variety of ways to play with your food. It gives you the freedom to choose and that is a perfect place to be for more inspiration and creativity.

  1. More nourishment

Nourishment encompasses nutrition and more, nourishment is about self-care, about feeling good and transmitting that energy to your food. Your salad dressing will be more nourishing because YOU made it! For you and those who you love through food.

A quick tip:

We are so more than what we eat. As we work with plant food ingredients, our energy fields are in constant communication. Our energy impacts the ingredients and we are changed by them. So, before you prepare your salad dressing, center yourself, focus on the energy field of your heart, take a deep breath and clear the mind. Be ready to tap into the very best version of yourself and the highest force of love.  Lock it in each bottle for later use.

From our family to yours,

Enjoy!

Dressing #1: Tahini Tango (yields 16 oz.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup agave
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shoyu (or tamari, or aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Transfer to glass jar.
  3. Date and store for up to two weeks.

Notes:

Tahini is a good source of healthy fat with benefit of calcium and iron.

 

Dressing #2: Coconut Hemp (yields 12 ounces)

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 4 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • ½ stalk lemongrass
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients (except lemongrass) in a blender and blend well.
  2. Transfer to glass jar.
  3. Smash lemongrass and add to prepared dressing.
  4. Date and store for up to one week.

Notes:

Hemp seeds are high fiber, magnesium, phosphorus and essential omega-6 fatty acids for hormonal health. Hemp seeds are also great for healthy skin, hair nails.

 

Dressing #3: Sesame-Ginger Miso (yields 12 ounces)

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon wasabi powder(optional)
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Transfer to glass jar.
  3. Date and store for up to two weeks.

Notes:

Miso is probiotic food and provides all the benefits of fermented foods for overall gut health.

 

Dressing #4: Cashew Dulse (yields 10 ounces)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (pre-soaked)
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup agave
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons dulse flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Transfer to glass jar.
  3. Date and store for up to one week.

Notes:

Dulse is loaded with iodine for thyroid function and healthy metabolism and cashews are a great source of fiber, protein, fat and minerals like magnesium for bones and zinc for overall immunity.

 

Dressing #5: Pumpkin Avocado (yields 16 ounces)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pre-soaked)
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons unflavored kombucha
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 2 tablespoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon pink salt

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Transfer to glass jar.
  3. Date and store for up to one week.

Notes:

Pumpkin seeds are fiber and protein rich and a good source magnesium for bones and iron for energy.

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