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Transform Your Diet (And Your Skin!) Easy and adventurous salad dressings

When I am unsure what to eat on a busy day, I always find that salad brings me back to being happy. It gives me great energy and glowing skin, plus I feel great knowing I’m doing good for my body.

Dressing is key to taking salads to the next stage. Dressings transform a simple tossed salad into a tasty celebration. You should make your dressing if you haven’t done so already. Here are some quick, easy ideas to boost your vitality.

The Salad

Use the freshest organic produce that you can. You can find good crops even in the middle of winter. Use colorful lettuces like romaine or red leaf lettuce, arugula spinach, mesclun, baby kale, and your favorite vegetables. You will be able to thank your body for the nutrients, enzymes, and hydration they provide.

The Dressing Ingredients

The best skin food! Citrus and apple cider vinegar stimulate the liver, while omega-rich oils promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. Miso, an ancient ingredient, is bursting with probiotics that improve digestion. Garlic is an immune booster, and healthy salts are rich in minerals. Ginger soothes and warms the stomach. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Try these out and see what you feel like!

You can whip up a tasty dressing in just ten minutes if you keep a few basic ingredients on hand. This is the list of ingredients for a basic dressing.

  • Cold-pressed oils such as hemp, flax, or extra virgin olive
  • Fresh lemons or sweeter citrus fruits such as oranges
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sea Salt, Tamari, or Braggs Aminos

If you want a creamy vinaigrette, add a dairy-free cream option. These nutrient-rich ingredients are excellent dairy substitutes. Mix one of the following ingredients into your basic vinaigrette using a blender or whisk.

  • Tahini or Almond butter
  • Mashed Avocado
  • Cashews soaked for 4-8 hours in water, then drained. Blend until smooth
  • Miso is mild and adds saltiness as well as a creamy texture.

Exploring herbs and spices is the fun part.

  • Fresh ginger and garlic are perfect for every day.
  • You can use fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, or thyme by the handful. Use dried herbs in smaller amounts.
  • Mustard for French dressing
  • Anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, cayenne, and curry powder
  • Dulse flakes add flavor and minerals

You can also use this sauce to top steamed vegetables or grains.

Find your favorite blend! Here’s one of my favorites:

  • Miso Tahini with a Citrus Twist
  • Flax Oil, 1/4 cup
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water or juice from 2 tbsp. Of a small Orange/Tangelo. Water
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Braggs Aminos, Tamari
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Rice Miso
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame Tahini
  • Finely chop one clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp. Ginger grated
  • Oregano fresh, 1 tsp or dried.
  • Dash of Cayenne


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Bonnie J. Sung

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