Which do you grab when you are hungry, a salad or a sandwich?
Do you often find yourself deciding against the healthier option of a salad because not only do you have to wash and prep the salad ingredients, but you also have to make the dressing and it’s that last bit that seems to make the whole process burdensome? And a sandwich is so much easier, right? Just grab and go!
I have been in that situation countless times, but then found a way to move beyond this and it’s been the best discovery and one that to this day still makes me happy every time.
It’s such a simple and small thing, but it makes a heck of a difference. It actually gives me freedom! Yes, I said it. Salad Dressing gives me freedom! Let me explain.
Salad Dressing is the big difference in your kitchen!
A salad dressing in a little screw top bottle, ready to be poured over a bowl with lettuce or cucumber or grated carrots and so much more. A healthy salad dressing, homemade, free from any strange ingredients, just the basic stuff, just a few ingredients and voila’! Dinner or lunch or snack is served!
I absolutely love it. It has allowed me the freedom to make the healthier choice because it’s an easy choice, quick to prepare. That’s what I need, simple food, natural, quick to make, no fuss. Especially at lunchtime when I often ignore any signs that my body needs to be fed and continue to work until I get really strong hunger pangs and then I need food NOW!
Do you recognize this?
In that situation I don’t have any patience for lengthy preparations and I will grab the first thing that comes into sight, so it’s really important that the first thing in sight is something nutritious or reminding me of a nutritious option. Hence the bottle with salad dressing sitting on my counter, in full sight, always ready.
I thought I would share this with you, as sometimes it’s those simple things that can turn our situation around. And it took me a long while before I realized that I could make this dressing in advance.
Best, of course, are those days when I have some prepped lettuce in my fridge as well, so I don’t even have to waste time washing my produce.
Those days are still rare occasions since menu planning in advance is not my strong side. But every time I am so impressed by the added ease of meal preparation that I swear to do it more from then onwards. That’s work in progress; sometimes a good thing needs time, right?
So, about that salad dressing recipe then, shall we?
It’s a very simple dressing I have been making for years and I have never tired of it!
I never actually measured this; I use approximate amounts, intuition, and taste testing. I tried to make one and measure it out for you, but please taste test as well, since we all have different preferences. And you can always spice it up when you make the salad by adding some pepper or fresh basil leaves or garlic or spring onions. This way you have a neutral base and can give it your own twist every time.
You can make a bigger batch in the blender, but most times I just put all ingredients in a glass bottle with a wide screw top neck and then shake it vigorously until all the ingredients have amalgamated. Every time before using it I shake the bottle and it goes all silky smooth again.
Without further ado, here is the salad dressing recipe:
- 1 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ cup organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 TBS medium strong mustard, less if very strong
- 3 TBS organic Nama Shoyu (or Tamari, Coconut Aminos, or other types of organic Soy Sauce)
- 2 tsp (or to taste) herbal salt or Himalayan salt/sea salt
- TBS honey or maple syrup, or a few drops of stevia if you want to keep the glycemic index down
Play around with the proportions and adjust to your liking.
Once you have found your perfect basic salad dressing you are all set for quick healthy meals and the freedom of going for the healthy choice!
I hope you feel inspired to give this a go and if you do, let me know how you liked it or how you adapted it to your taste! I am always eager to see what you come up with!
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