The Art Of Undressing

There are times when it’s all about adornment...

And then,

there are those moments

when taking it all off

becomes poetry unto itself...

Naughty things.

I’m talking about salads.

"Eat lots of salads."  Yes, we know.

We are more than familiar with that mantra.

"Dark, leafy greens." 

Then what?

Let’s glance down the neckline of what we’re really getting at here.

What goes onto our salads is as important as what goes in.

We all know to avoid the super trans-fatty, commercial glop that calls itself salad dressing on a market shelf.

Ok, fine.

So we saunter into the natural foods store.

Everything here is clean and healthy, right?

No way, baby.

I become incensed when I get on a label-reading jag in a health food aisle.

Sugars, soybean oils, strange additives...wtf??!!

Not cool.

In many moons of eating clean, I have discovered exactly two dressings on the market which pass my admittedly high standards. They are both made by Bragg’s, the company who so kindly introduced apple cider vinegar to the mass market.

They have two delicious ones: Sesame Ginger and Balsamic Vinigrette.

I don’t buy the Balsamic often, because it contains onions. Onions are fine, they just don’t work for me. Perhaps no coincidence that the ancient Egyptians did not consume onions either, as they do not grow in harmony with the lunar cycles...

"Darling, can you just picture those barbarian Romans, devouring...onions?"

"Darling, can you just picture those barbarian Romans, devouring...onions?"

Which means I have bought TONS of bottles of Sesame Ginger over the years. Tasty as it is, after two weeks straight of it, I am BORED.

Shake off dietary inertia  with me, won't you?

Hit it, Niagara...

That's better.

So now we’re left with the classics: fresh lemon or lime and sea salt, with a drizzle of olive oil. Mmmm.

Or apple cider vinegar in place of the citrus. That’s nice too.

But then...you know what happens... 

So the Girl gets concocting.

How something really fun, zesty, slightly retro Thousand Island-ish, but with a kick?

Exotica Dressing

  • 1 C. raw cashews, soaked for 6 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Organic tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 stalk organic celery
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of organic paprika or cayenne
  • Water, Celtic salt, pepper, and liquid stevia to taste

Smooth it all in a high-speed blender, adding water as needed for a consisitency you like. You can totally omit the cashews if you are allergic, or just want a lighter version, it just won’t be as creamy. Add less water at first, as the water in the veggies will thin the dressing as it sits in the refrigerator.

Add a little salt, pepper, and a few drops of stevia as you like. And as much red spice as you can handle...

This is amazing on crisp romaine, marinated mushrooms, chopped cabbage...on top of a veggie burger...in a salad wrap...mmm! 

Now, how 'bout a flirty vinaigrette loaded with beautifying properties?

Vampy Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tbsp raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, soaked 6 hours, rinsed and drained.
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 C cold pressed olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh or dried burdock root
  • 1 Tbsp fresh or dried nettles
  • 1/2 Tsp Celtic salt, or to taste

Blend everything on high speed until creamy. You may need to add pure water or more citrus to thin it out a bit, as much as you like...

You can find the burdock and nettles fresh, usually, in your health food produce section, or dried where they keep the bulk herbs. Both are high in silicon, as are the pumpkin seeds, a mineral essential to smooth skin, shiny hair, and strong nails.

If you’re pressed for time, all these ingredients can be tossed in your salad, as opposed to a dressing, and tossed with citrus and olive oil. The burdock gives a nice crunch with the pumpkin seeds!

A few thoughts, my Loves, on creating your salads. 

Besides the things you gravitate toward, the things you love, like tomatoes let’s say, keep these in your inner circle:

Organic cucumbers - Leave the skin on. It contains the mineral sulphur, considered to be the foundational mineral of beauty, as a good sulphur intake provides glowing skin and hair. Cukes are also a good source of B vitamins (a little pick-me-up), and extremely hydrating.

Radishes - High it silicon and Vitamin C, they also aid digestion and eliminate toxins.

Celery - Bloat-busting, anti-inflammatory, high in calcium, silicon, iron, magnesium, and Vitamin A.

Nutritional yeast - An excellent source of vegan B-12 (one itty bitty teaspoon provides a day's worth!), high in protein (as much as an egg or a glass of milk), high in fiber and folic acid.

Avocados - Rich in beauty fats, antioxidants they contain glutathione, which slows the aging process and boosts immune functions.

 

Salads are kind of awesome, after all...

Happy foraging, Bunnies!

 

xxx Alise

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