salad dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad

I always ate a version of grilled romaine out at restaurants and loved it. It's probably even better on the BBQ, but it was cold out so I just used my cast iron. This would be a great dish to serve for a dinner party as well.

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of romaine, sliced in half crosswise
  • avocado spray (I use Chosen foods)

Dressing:

  • 6 tbsp cold pressed olive oil (I used 23 Degrees check them out) 
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Option- top with capers, fresh parmesan, or red pepper flakes

Whisk all dressing ingredients until smooth. Top grilled romaine before serving.

Directions:

Heat cast iron to medium-high heat. Spray avocado oil in pan, place romaine in pan, grill for about 2-3 minutes each side. You could also do this on BBQ!

Add dressing, and optional toppings.

 

 

Turmeric Avocado Oil Dressing

FACT: The healthy fat in salad dressing helps your body absorb the good nutrients out of all those veggies you top it with, says a new study in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. It showed that people absorb more of the heart-healthy carotenoids in fruit and vegetables when they toss their salads with dressings high in nutritious monounsaturated fats, hence my avocado oil packing the great kind of fats.

Whole foods have the ability to nourish, support and heal our bodies, the way nature intended them to. You’d be surprised at how many kitchen staples act as immune system builders, improve digestion, flu fighter, cancer preventers, increasing metabolism, and anti-aging warriors and at the same time adding flavor to our yummy foods.

STORE BOUGHT SALAD DRESSING:
What is so bad about store bought versions? Here are a few common ingredients that they add and why you should avoid them...

  • SUGAR: imbalances blood sugar levels, depletes nutrients in the body and encourages weight gain, see more on sugar here
  • POOR QUALITY OILS (canola oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, soy oil): these become problematic when added to products that undergo light, air, and pressure.
  • ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS: another word for chemicals and preservatives.
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INGREDIENTS: 
1 teaspoon of organic ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (can use any type)
1/4 cup avocado oil (I am loving the one from Chosen Foods since its cold pressed, use CODE VIDAWELL20 for 20% off)

*Note: you can add local raw honey if you need that balance, I personally like it this way.

DIRECTIONS:

Put all ingredients, as listed in to a glass jar or shaker bottle with a tight fitting lid. Shake well!!

NOTE: If you prefer a thicker dressing put all the ingredients in a blender with 1/2 an avocado – blend well.