Dress your lettuce cleanly

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Brian O’Driscoll

Just because you are eating salad doesn’t exactly mean you are always eating the cleanest meal for you.  The sneaky hidden nasties are often in the dressings. Why eat lettuce and simply pour in high calorie, clogging blue cheese dressing.
Here are some lighter whole food alternatives that might replace the ones in the commercial salad bars. Lets be frank,  all though we may love them, it’s better to make it yourself.

Pesto – Happy Cow Way

2 cups of basil
1 cup cashew
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 nutritional yeast
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil ( drizzle slowly for processing means)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 water

Blend all together in high speed blender adding the olive oil and water just enough to reach the consistency you want. Store in air tight container, I use a jar. Keep in mind it thickens when it sets.

Lemon Tahini Dressing
3 tablespoon of Tahini
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoon of miso

mix with spoon in bowl or with a blender

This isn’t a dressing what its incredible as a complement to yummy whole grain toast:

Miso Almond Spread

1 cup of almonds
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons miso
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup of water

Soak almonds in 4 cups of water over night – strain and rinse well
In a blender place almonds and the rest of the ingredients, blending until puree is smooth. Store in an air tight container in fridge, can be stored for a week at a time. This is amazing with toast and some sliced tomatoes and cracked pepper

Remember when you are heading to regular lunch location and you get your salad, you don’t have to accept their dressings, you can transport your own dressing from home in a small mason jar.

It’s a little effort to make to ensure your healthy option stays exactly that.

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