Hey all. I am new to the site, but have read a bunch up here while getting into eating the evolutionary diet. My question is this... are there any commercially available salad dressings that are paleo approved? (and also don't contain EDTA, free glutamic acid, etc). And if not, what do some of you guys make salad dressing out of? Coconut oil? any recipes? I love salad, but I'm getting sick of eating them dry all the time!
Balsalmic vinegar (just a tad), olive oil, minced garlic, cracked black pepper...Mix it up and it's amazing!
I've noticed recently that even buffets are cheating on the oil in the bottle now; the last few have definitely not been olive oil.
I now throw a small bottle of vinegar/olive oil in my purse when I'm going to eat out so I can at least hit the salad bar if the menu's not favorable. The last time I visited a friend's house I also took the o/v because I didn't want to ask her to have them available for me. She knows I "eat weird" so she was fine with it.
And I agree with all those who said you can't trust commercial dressings, even those labeled oil and vinegar.
I wouldn't trust the commercial stuff. If I'm at a salad bar, I'll just use red wine vinegar and olive oil
I made up a yogurt dressing (if you're ok with yogurt), but I don't have amounts. The base is yogurt, olive oil and a splash of lemon juice. From there add other seasonings and herbs that you like.
My recipe is 1/2 olive oil, any 1/2 vinegar or lemon, 3-4 cloves raw garlic minced (love my garlic), salt, and pepper...sometimes i'll throw in some dijon mustard to change it up. I don't bother mixing ahead of time just add it to the salad and toss.
Unfortunately...even the "healthy" salad dressings all have canola oil in them. Believe me I have checked!!!
I make my own, usually a nut oil with some lemon, zest, whatever fresh herb is on hand, maybe shallot, a splot of vinegar. Or just a squeeze of lemon over the greens with a bit of flaky sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You literally can make a dressing out of most anything - its fun to play around. Store bought is kind of for the birds, sorry.. homemade means you get exactly what you want :)
Did you do a key word search on the top right? Loads of recipes and such, should be helpful in addition to what the others have posted. Cheers!
Guacamole! Or guacamole & salsa.
Yogurt or sour cream with lots of dried seasonings and a touch of honey is quite good too.
With all homemade dressings, mix the leaves to coat, then a bit of salt directly on the greens really rounds out the flavors.
I like to use bacon grease mixed with a bit of balsamic vinegar for a dressing. Salt & pepper to taste and there ya go :)
Or just scrape the drippings out of the pan and onto some greens and veggies.
Oftentimes, I just use citrus (lemon or lime) with a good olive oil and S&P. If I feel fancy, I add a garlic clove minced up, salted, then smashed with the flat of the knife. One of my faves is champagne vinegar, olive oil, tsp of good mustard, smashed garlic, and S&P. For an Asian flair, try wheat-free tamari, sesame oil, grated ginger, sesame seeds, smashed garlic, and rice wine vinegar. Add wasabi to that for a kick in the mouth.
To spice things up, you can use the juice of any lacto-fermented kraut or veggies as the acid in place of vinegar/citrus. Or the juice from a jar of olives.
Greek yogurt is a great base if you do dairy. Lime juice + yogurt + olive oil + cilantro + S&P is great for Mexican slaw.
Side note: Who knew I had so much to say about salad dressings? Must be the latte talking...
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