Tuesday, August 22, 2006

RECIPE ~ Green Salad Dressing

This title doesn't necessarily refer to the salad being green -- it's actually green dressing! Low fat, full of flavour, and really unique and zesty, this recipe is my adaptation of the one by Juice For Life, the veg bar in Toronto that also has a fantastic cookbook pictured here (you can order it from their website.) They seriously make healthy vegan cuisine a delight!

2 cloves garlic*, minced
1" piece of ginger*, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp raw honey, agave or maple syrup*
2 Tbsp mayonnaise (soy or regular) or yogurt*

Place all ingredients in a blender and liquify until smooth. Toss with 1 whole head of lettuce, leaves washed and torn, and garnish with slivered almonds or walnuts. Makes about 3/4 cup, enough for 1 large salad.

VATAS choose honey and mayonnaise
PITTAS omit garlic and reduce ginger to half; choose maple syrup
KAPHAS reduce oil to 1 tsp; choose honey and yogurt.


veronika said...


Thank you!

Amy said...

zing! great dressing! I like making it with only about a tsp of maple syrup so it's a little less sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

Jess said...

Hey Claudia - I'm wondering if this recipe is ok for Pittas, since I've been told (I'm a pitta) that yogurt is aggravating to Pittas. Your insight would be helpful - thanks!

Claudia Davila (Fran) said...

Hi Jess! Yes, this recipe is a little pitta-aggravating because of the garlic, ginger and yogurt. Yogurt is too sour for pittas but if you reduce the amount to only 1 Tbsp (while also reducing the garlic and ginger to minimal amounts, and choose maple syrup for the sweetener, and in fact even the vinegar is too sour*), then you should be just fine. The idea isn't necessarily to completely remove pitta-aggravating foods from your life, just to minimize them and make sure you have pitta-pacifying ingredients in abundance (like the cilantro!)

*you can add just a splash of the apple cider vinegar and supplement the rest with apple cider for a very fresh pitta-pacifying adaptation of this recipe, though it will be sweeter so you may only need a teaspoon of maple syrup in the end :-)

Jess said...

Just did this variation and it was delicious! I tossed it into a salad of quinoa, beans, dandelion greens, celery, cucumbers, and sunflower sprouts - yummy. I feel totally cool ; ) Thanks so much Claudia!

Anonymous said...

The whole problem is you need ACV to help with digestion, it helps immensely, but at the same time will aggravate PITTA, so what to do ??

Aleya said...

Addictive! I didn't have yogurt or mayo so used tahini instead. Absolutely delish...thank you for this recipe and all the others too!

Pat Desrosier said...

I just tried this out and subbed lemon juice and dry ginger tea. I used agave nectar. It was very satisfying and put me at peace knowing this was in alignment with my constitution. It was very yummy! Thank you.

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Sara said...

Would someone be so kind as to share exactly what they did for the pitta pacifying version and include the amounts of each item used please? As in, share their updated recipe version with amounts of the pitta pacifying dressing. Thanks so much! I'm trying to follow pitta pacifying plan and am in need of a go to salad dressing and love many of the items in this one.