I had a lot of herbs in my kitchen today so decided to make a salad dressing with lots of herbs in it.  Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour and nutrition to your dressings.  If you find that your herbs dry out quickly, put them in water and treat them like flowers.  They will stay fresh longer and will also add colour to your kitchen.  It will also inspire you to add fresh herbs to your meals if they’re in front of you.  I added some parsley, cilantro (coriander) and basil.  Then I added spme garlic, green onions, avocado, raw honey, brown rice vinegar, flax seed oil, sea salt, cracked pepper and olive oil.

Making your own salad dressings is great because you can add whatever ingredients you like most.  If you want it creamier, add more avocado.  If you want it a little stronger, add more garlic.  The raw garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Adding raw honey to your salad dressings will provide you with a healthy sweetener so you don’t go for something artificial later on.  It also has natural enzymes which support the body.  Parsley is excellent to add to your dressings because it not only tastes great but has a high calcium content.  Olive oil is good for supporting heart health and flax seed oil is high in omega 3’s.  Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids which the body can’t produce so they have to be obtained in the diet.  Other omega 3 food sources include walnuts, salmon and ground flax seeds.

So here’s the approximate recipe because I didn’t have my measuring cups out…

Green Power Dressing
1/3 cup basil
1/3 cup parsley
1/3 cup coriander (cilantro)
1 spring onion (green onion)
1/2 avocado
1 garlic clove
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp brown rice vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup flax seed oil

Add your ingredients into a food processor or blender, except for the oils.  Pour the oils on top until they cover the ingredients, depending on your chosen amounts.  Get used to tasting your dressing after and adding more of a certain ingredient, based on your preferences.  If it’s a little too sweet, add more vinegar, garlic or sea salt.  Alternatively, if it’s too strong add more honey or avocado.  Keep it in a jar and it will save up to 2 weeks.  Pour it over some mixed greens or add it on top of quinoa or roasted vegetables.  The flax seed oil is very delicate and is damaged through heating.  By adding it on top of your warm vegetables, brown rice or quinoa, the health benefits of flax seed oil will still be available to your body.  Enjoy!

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