Quick and Easy Salad Dressings–Healthy Too!

Blue cheese dressing

I like blue cheese salad dressing but have been avoiding it because almost all commercial brands use soy oil as the base for salad dressings, including mayonnaise.  Someone recommended using raw sour cream as a salad dressing, which worked very well, and then it occurred to me to add some blue cheese to the sour cream.  Yes, it is a great salad dressing, and I no longer need worry about the soy oil.  It’s also very quick and easy to prepare.  Here’s the simple recipe:  combine one tablespoon of raw sour cream and one tablespoon of organic blue cheese crumbles.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste, mix lightly, and it’s ready to use.  This amount is one serving, for more servings just increase the amounts of sour cream and blue cheese–one for one.

Bragg’s Hawaiian dressing

For a very different flavor, here’s another easy and oh-so-good salad dressing using Bragg’s organic Hawaiian dressing and marinade.  Again, the proportions I use are one-for-one, one tablespoon Bragg’s Hawaiian dressing to one tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil, plus sea salt and pepper to taste.  This makes one serving.

Basic vinaigrette

To make a basic vinaigrette, combine organic extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s organic raw apple cider vinegar in three to one proportions, for example, three tablespoons olive oil to one tablespoon vinegar.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste. For one serving, dip a fork into a jar of organic prepared mustard or dijon mustard, then use the mustard fork to beat the olive oil/vinegar mixture.  Use more mustard if making more than one serving.  The proportion of olive oil to vinegar and amount of mustard may be changed to suit your taste.   For a milder dressing, freshly squeezed lemon juice may be substituted for the vinegar.

Thousand Island Dressing

Combine two tablespoons homemade mayonnaise, one teaspoon unsweetened ketchup, dash of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon organic sweet pickle relish (this is optional and yes, it has some sugar, but this is a small amount).  If you have some handy, add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice.  This makes one serving.  Chopped boiled egg may be added for additional flavor and nutrition.

Each of these dressings can be made in a minute or two, are delicious, and contain only healthy, nutritious ingredients.  Pour dressings over whatever salad mix or local farmers’ market greens you like, and enjoy your healthy salad.

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