Meatless Monday: Salads and Dressings
It’s HOT! And when it’s hot the last thing you want to do is slave in front of a stove. Enter a nice, big, refreshing, and nutritious salad with homemade dressing! This is a light yet delicious Meatless Monday that you can make over and over again because who doesn’t like salad?
When I go to the grocery store and look at the wide array of salad dressings that are out there my head spins. One because there are so many options out there. Two because there’s a LOT of unnecessary junk in those bottles of dressing. AND three… because making a salad dressing at home is easy as hell and a lot more healthy! Here are 2 basic recipes that I have tried. I love them both… however, if you’re not a fan of creamy salad dressings (like Ranch or Caesar you probably won’t be a fan of the avocado one).
In my house we go even more simple than these recipes and simply use 1/2 lemon (juice), salt, pepper, olive oil, and a squeeze of Bragg’s liquid aminos. If I’m feeling REALLY frisky I may add 1-2 cap full of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Put all of that on top of the prepared salad, massage it into the greens, and serve. It’s delicious, my picky eater LOVES it, and I know what went into it! It’s a win-win. So I challenge you (as I often do) to experiment with salad dressings. They’re really not as hard as you make them out to be.
Avocado Caesar Dressing:
1 ripe avocado (pitted and diced)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (provides a cheesy flavor)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients (except water) into blender or food processor.
- Add 1/2 cup of water and blend. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- If dressing is too thick continue to add water until desired consistency has been reached.
Recipe courtesy of www.krisscarr.com
1⁄4 cup Dijon mustard
1⁄4 cup olive oil or flax oil
3 tablespoons agave
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1⁄4 cup sherry vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Pour all ingredients into glass jar with sealable lid and shake well.
In my house our salads are pretty simple. This is mainly because I have one kid who swears he dislikes foods with seeds- smh. He claims the only items he likes in his salads are lettuce and cucumbers (which have seeds but I digress). And the other child only likes lettuce and kale… like where did these kids come from??? So yeah, salads here are simply lettuce and cucumbers… or a plain kale salad 🙁 But your salads don’t have to be as boring. Here are some recipes courtesy of www.kriscarr.com.
Because everyone should try a kale salad once in their life. These salads are so easy to make and taste amazing!
Another kale salad to try out with a few different ingredients but equally as easy to make as the one above.
Just because this one looked freaking delicious! This is one I’m trying today but using chickpeas instead of fava beans. The bonus… the recipe looks simple to make!
Sometimes we need to step out of the traditional salad box. This broccoli salad is a different way to eat broccoli. I will say that if you have a sensitive gut and tend to get gassy with foods like cabbage, eating raw broccoli may make you a bit gassy as well.
These recipes are a great start for creating your own amazing salads and dressings. Now you can save yourself a little money, additives, preservatives, extra salt and sugar by making your own dressing. It’s so easy to make you’ll never be tempted to buy the bottled stuff again.
Let me know if you tried any of these recipes and what you think by commenting below. I’d love to see and hear what you guys think.