Friday, August 12, 2011

Flo's Notoriously Delicious Salad Dressing

It's a busy day today, so I decided to finish my rant about essential fatty acids with a recipe. Also I was doing a bit more reading and there seems to be some evidence that omega-3s from fish have greater health benefits than plant-based ones. The plant based omega-3 fatty acids need to be converted by the body whereas the ones found in fish oil are already in the right form. You can get fish oil in bottles, they have lemon and orange flavors to help you get them down, or there are capsules as well (which yours truly sells).
At any rate, I hope to have instilled in you some interest in this and I hope you've learned a few things. The over consumption of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids creates a world of pain, literally.

So, on to my salad dressing. It's delicious and healthy so give it shot:

-Equal parts flaxseed and olive oil (you can also use a bit of grape seed oil)
-Dash of sesame oil
-Balsamic vinegar
-Generous dash of soy sauce or Bragg
-Garlic, crushed
-Dijon mustard, about 1 or 2 tsp (too much makes it bitter)
-Italian seasoning and any fresh herbs you might be growing such as basil, oregano, rosemary...

Here are a few extra tips to take a salad from mediocre to awesome:

Grow basil so you can add some dress to the salad, also I've been using some mint here and there and goes really well with summer!

Candied Walnuts. Walnuts are super healthy for you and when you wrap them in caramelized maple syrup.... Look out! The trick is to use low to medium heat and keep stirring until they have caramelized. Also add a little salt and pepper at the start.

Alright, off to work.... Thanks for reading and let me know how your salad turns out!

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