Raw Salad Dressing

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If you’re going to go raw, you’re probably going to be eating a lot of salad. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing – there are many different types of leafy greens you can start with, and depending on the other ingredients (vegetables, sprouts, nuts, fruits…) you choose, variety will not be an issue. That said – a great salad dressing can transform a healthy salad into ambrosia for the gods. Here are some suggestions you may want to check out.

Care 2 Make A Difference – 5 Favorite Raw Vegan Salad Dressings
The book Everyday Raw, by Matthew Kenny, has some fantastic salad dressing recipes that I have added to my repertoire. Adding a “living” dressing to live greens boosts healthy enzymes and the fresh taste seems like the perfect fit for these dog days.

Naturally Radiant – Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing Recipe
If you’re already drinking green smoothies every morning, then you’re doing pretty well for vitamins and minerals. Mostly. One set of vitamins that is under-represented in your smoothie, unfortunately, is the B vitamins. This salad dressing recipe will help rectify that.

Gone Raw – Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing
This is a really nice on a green salad. I served it along side my Amazing Fajitas tonight. It comes out creamy and light green. [I love cilantro – so I had to include at least one dressing recipe which would show off that wonderful flavor!]

Green Lemonade – 5 Easy Raw Salad Dressing Recipes
Leafy greens (particularly DARK leafy greens) are loaded with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and blood alkalinizers for superior health and energy. Get started eating more leafy green salads with these easy-to-make dressings. [My note: check out the avocado basil dressing – wow!]

Growing Raw – Best Salad Dressing Recipes
My best salad dressing recipes will inspire you to eat salad all day! These raw homemade salad dressings are low in fat, low in calories and majorly high in flavour. Fresh food ingredients can be blended up in surprising and delicious ways to make healthy salad dressings that will inspire your tastebuds.

And thank you to Katrink for posting this recommendation for salad dressing ingredients on www.rawfoodsupport.com – you’re only limited by your own imagination! [One thing that’s missing from the list below is fresh cilantro – it makes a great addition to mexican salads, asian salads – heck, I could live on the stuff!]

There isn’t really a recipe but more a listing of items my raw food instructor uses to make dressings and some combos of them.
He uses 5 ingredient groups for creating his salad dressings. Groups A, B, & C are the main ingredients. D & E are items added depending on mood or salad. He also likes to add water to most dressings to allow for the use of less oil and to thin out the nut butters and blend the seeds. Always add the acids (C) last because that will make the dressings thicker and creamier.

(A) Oils/Fats- Olive oil, Flax oil, Coconut oil, Nut butters, Tahini, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkins seeds, Pinenuts, Almonds, Cashews, Macadamia nuts, Avocado
(B) Salts – Celtic Sea salt, Crystal salts, Nama Shoyu, Miso ,Sea vegetables
(C) Acids – Lemon, Lime, Orange, Grapefruit, Tomato, Sauerkraut, Apple Cider Vinegar
(D) Sweets – Dates, Figs, Dried Fruit, Honey, Orange, Berries, Papaya, Mangos
(E) Herbs & Spices – Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Chili, Peppers, Cayenne, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Dill, Mint, Curry, Sun Dried tomatoes

These dressings are all made in a blender.
Here are some combinations that can be made but by all means make up your own and be sure to write down the amounts and ingredients as you make them.
The first 3 on the list are the ones he demonstrated today, I will also list the ingredients of the salads he used them on.

Basic Tahini – Water, Tahini, Nama Shoyu, Lemon juice, Garlic (this was served on baby spinach and onion salad)
Spicy Thai – Olive oil, Almond butter, Nama shoyu, lime juice, honey, ginger, garlic and thai pepper (this was served on cabbage, bok choy, raisins, coconut and scallions)
Date dressing – Water, olive oil, miso, lemon juice, dates and garlic (this was served on a mixture of baby greens)
Creamy Italian – Water, macadamia nuts, celtic salt, apple cider vinegar, garlic, basil and oregano
Tropical Vinagrette – Flax oil, celtic salt, apple cider vinegar, mangos, papaya, mint and garlic
Sun Dried Dream – Cashews, celtic salt, grapefruit juice, apple cider vinegar and sun dried tomatoes
Ageless – Water, sesame seeds, miso, sauerkraut, garlic
Avo Dressing – Avocado, celtic salt and lemon juice
Curry Cream – Tahini, celtic salt, orange juice, ginger and curry