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Ask the Chef: Superfood Salad Dressings

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Apr 6, 2015 1:30:18 AM

Can you recommend some ways to make superfood salad dressings?

Good news: you're immediately on the right track by looking to make your own salad dressing in the first place … all superfood-talk aside! It's so much easier to control the quality of ingredients that go into your homemade dressing versus store-bought, as while a DIY version is profoundly simple, many commercial varieties “make it complicated†by using downright awful additives (GMO canola oil, artificial food colorings, high fructose corn syrup, and excessive sodium, to name a few). Whipping up your own batch can last you weeks at a time yet takes just minutes to make. Read below for a few ideas on making exceptional dressings that are not only delicious, but also made out of clean ingredients, and enriched with superfood nutrition.

Creamy Hemp - Love a good creamy dressing? Use raw cashews and hemp seeds blended with a little water and your favorite herbs, savories, and a dash of Dijon mustard. You'll be amazed at how flavorful the fresh version is in comparison to a bottled variety, and will gain additional protein and skin-healthy omega fats at the same time.

Antioxidant Vinaigrette - One of my favorite ways to easily boost a simple vinaigrette is by quickly whisking in an antioxidant-rich superfruit powder. You can do this with acai powder, pomegranate powder, goji powder, maqui powder … pretty much anything! Adding a dash of sweet syrup like agave, maple or yacon can help accentuate the flavor even more.

Flavored Oils - If you're a salad dressing minimalist - as in, a drizzle of oil and lemon is all you need - try boosting the flavor of your oil by infusing it with superfoods. Simply use dried superfruits like goji or dragonfruit, in conjuction with herbs like thyme or lemongrass, and store the oil for at least a month before using.

Naturally Sweet - Some salads go great with at sweeter-style dressing (roasted beet salad with honey-mustard anyone?). Excitingly, you can make these sweet dressings using low-glycemic and more nutrient-dense ingredients to make them even healthier, such as using lower calorie and prebiotic-rich yacon syrup, or even blending in dried fruit like antioxidant-infused mulberries.

Needless to say, salad dressings are a great place to have some fun playing around with ingredients. For a couple superfood recipes to start you out with, try this delicious Creamy Ranch Dressing; or my seasonal favorite, Maqui Berry Vinaigrette.

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