French Salad Dressing
Ingredients (as always, as organic as possible)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil or
macadamia nut oil
Ĺ cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
Juice of one lemon
2/3 cup honey
1 medium Sweet Onion
Celtic Sea Salt
1 pinch fresh crushed garlic (optional)
In all our recipes, we've discovered two new healthy substitutes. In
place of apple cider vinegar, we sometimes substitute
Coconut Vinegar. It's fermented, like apple cider vinegar, and
it contains many minerals and electrolytes. It's also slightly less
sour than apple cider vinegar. And in place of extra virgin olive
oil, we sometimes substitute
Macadamia Nut Oil. This link will bring you to the most
inexpensive version we've found on the web. You can read about it
Macadamia Nut Oil ─
Healthier Than Olive Oil.
Because you are health conscious, you have probably read about the
problems with buying extra virgin olive oil; that most of the time
you are being ripped off. This is why I can recommend getting your
olive oil and apple cider vinegar from Braggs.
They make quality products and you just cannot go wrong with them.
In a blender combine the lemon
juice, salt, onion (chopped), and honey. Blend on a low setting till
everything is blended together. Turn up the blenderís speed to
somewhere in the middle. (You can add the optional pinch of garlic
at this point).
Editor's Note: the type of onion
you use is really up to you. The yellow onion is the most potent and
contains 11 times more flavonoids than
the Western White.
Shallots actually contain more antioxidant activity than any onion. For most
recipes that are sweet, the sweet onion is a nice addition. However,
some like their onions more potent. Additionally, a red onion
blended in will modify the color. It's really up to you.
Combine the ketchup and vinegar
into one container. Then, add both the ketchup/vinegar concoction
and the olive oil at the same time, pouring slowly.
The dressing comes out creamy
with a slightly pink color and makes approximately one quart of
Blue Cheese Dressing recipe,
if you use olive oil, this has to sit for a while because the flavor of the olive oil
is just too strong. About two days is all that is needed, but shake
daily (let the ingredients get to know each other). If using
macadamia nut oil, it's ready to use right away.
In Minnesota we love mixing
French and Blue Cheese together, so you might want to try our
Cheese Dressing too.
Erythritol for the honey, just use under a cup, or even
Better Stevia for the honey, use 3/4 of a teaspoon. You can use
half the amount of olive oil and add either some coconut milk or
cottage cheese. But do NOT be afraid of the olive oil if you are
dieting. I'll let you in on a little secret: just sniffing olive oil
makes you feel fuller faster.