Post Updated June 11, 2020
I am currently OBSESSED with summer salads and this salad dressing! I usually eat between 1 – 2 salads a day during the summer with this dressing because I love it so much. It’s fun to create different salads everyday too. My “standard” salad base is lettuce, (lately I am loving organic red lead lettuce, but it may be butter leaf, or green leaf, or romaine, etc…), cucumber, tomato, and some kind of either baby greens or sprouts. Right now I am loving organic baby arugula and broccoli sprouts. Then I will add leftover veggies from the night before sometimes, or whatever looks good and fresh when I go to the grocery store. You could also add some berries as well. The idea is to vary the plant foods you eat so you get all of the colors of the rainbow in your diet, which provides vital phytonutrients and antioxidants that help your body naturally heal and prevent disease. One of the very first things I have my functional medicine patients focus on when making nutrition changes, this is a great way to accomplish that.
Scroll down below for the recipe.
Here are some reasons why the ingredients matter in your salad dressing and what they help treat or prevent:
- EVOO: Is a powerful polyphenol and antioxidant. Helps treat High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Alzheimer’s dementia
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Improves Digestion, Blood Sugar Balance, Healthy Aging, Supports Weight Loss, Allergies, Candida Balance, Liver Detoxification, Cancer
- Mustard: Rich in Phytonutrients. Helps with Skin Conditions such as dermatitis, Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Bronchitis.
- Lemon: Improves Digestion, Liver Detoxification, Weight Loss, High Blood Pressure, Skin Health.
- Garlic: Improves Cholesterol and Blood Pressure, Fights Cancer, Treats Infections, Hair Loss, Dementia, Diabetes, Clears Skin.
- Honey: Seasonal Allergies, Immune System Support, Wound Healing, Boosts Energy
How I make mine: I personally LOVE vinegar, always have, so I actually use less EVOO, and more Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon juice than I have in the recipe above, but not everyone likes it that tart. I also omit the honey sometimes if I want it extra tart. And I usually don’t put the dill in the salad dressing directly, I add fresh minced to the top of my salad. Also, I may change it up from dill to cilantro, which is another favorite of mine. You can also play around with adding Italian seasoning to the base of salad dressing, or some ginger, turmeric, dried rosemary, or onion powder to change it up a little. I recommend making small batches when you experiment though, as sometimes ingredients that go well together in theory don’t turn out that way in reality.
Scroll under Recipe Notes for 2 more Salad Dressing Recipes for the Summer
Red Wine Vinaigrette – Contributed by Dorothy Gaynor
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup EVOO
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Mix everything together in a glass container and enjoy! I use Ball jars to keep mine sealed.
- Make sure you shake it up every time before you use it.