Every salad-eater has the same struggle.
Dressing, or no dressing?
Salad without dressing is - let’s be honest - just boring old vegetables. You need something to flavor it up. But putting a common dressing on your salad usually takes the healthy right out of it, defeating the point of eating a salad in the first place. You might as well be eating a burger and fries.
Luckily there is a simple solution.
Why You Should Make Salad Dressings At Home
Mixing your own salad dressings actually turns out to be a lot cheaper than buying any of your grocery store regulars. And compared to the options at a whole-foods market? Please! You’re basically paying for a fancy label and disposable bottle.
Another great thing about making your own salad dressings is that YOU control the ingredients. Have you checked a salad dressing label recently? Almost every single one will have way too much sugar, salt, random artificial flavorings and colors and let’s not even talk about the ingredients you can’t pronounce. Making a dressing at home gives you freedom to put in just as much as is necessary and personalize it to your taste buds.
And lastly, mixing your own dressings is a useful skill when you're in a pinch. Most dressings can be made in less than 5 minutes! And once you find the recipes you love (and your family loves!), you can whip them up any time you want. You’ll make them so often you won’t even need the recipes!
The Easiest Vinaigrette
Before I reveal the incredibly delicious salad dressing that will make you LOSE IT, let’s talk about the generic vinaigrette.
The simplest way to add just the right amount of flavor to your salad is to lightly toss it with olive oil, drizzle on a little lemon or balsamic vinegar and add a pinch of salt and pepper. And there you have it. Just enough healthy flavor to make your salad interesting.
Adding the extra herbs will only boost the flavor and give you added benefits.
Check out these benefits that you can get from the ingredients in our Lose It Salad Dressing!
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Kills bacteria
- Contains omega 3
- Can help reduce cholesterol
- Promotes digestive health
- Can aid in weight loss
- Supports heart health
Lose It Salad Dressing
Without further ado, I present you with an easy, delicious salad dressing for any occasion!
Lose It Salad Dressing Recipe
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3-4 drops liquid stevia
- 1/2 tsp of Bragg’s liquid aminos
- 1 tsp finely ground flax seed
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper
- 1/2 small clove of garlic
Add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Whisk together. Then move to a smaller bowl or container if desired.
In most cases, the dressing is what makes the salad. And this dressing is just what you need to enhance your salad without taking the healthy out of the equation. So grab your whisk and try it out!
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Emilyn Gil is a 22 year old English Major at UVU. She started writing at age 6, and since then has won several awards including the Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and was featured in the Kolob Canyon Review in Cedar City. Aside from the written word, her other passions include performing in the occasional musical theater production, and playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. Emilyn currently resides in Orem, Utah with her husband Jorge. You can find more of her work online at emilyaddn.blogspot.com or on Instagram at @emilyncan.