This is my favourite salad dressing. It’s good on practically everything and is the perfect thing to eat during the cold weather. Food can be medicine, and this dressing will deliciously help to fend off colds and flus.
But I’ve got to confess, this is not my recipe; it was created by my good friend Lauren when she was helping me get ready for a pizza party. She threw some things together and lo and behold, this amazing salad dressing was born. I love when amazing salads and veggie dishes take some of the spotlight from pizza, and the salad that Lolo made did just that.
I use this dressing all the time when coming up with nutrition protocols for clients, and I usually put it in my cleanse guidebooks. It’s full of amazing ingredients that will help to stimulate your immune system and keep you healthy during the cold weather.
Health benefits of the ingredients:
- Shallots – a member of the amazing onion family. Onions are a true superfood – all onions can be used as medicine. Onions are especially good for us in the colder weather, as they have diuretic, diaphoretic and anti-microbial properties. This means that they make us pee, sweat, and help our bodies fight off unwanted germs and bacteria. Onions also contain germanium, a powerful immune system stimulant. And re: taste, as Anthony Bourdain said in his book Kitchen Confidential, shallots add a little fanciness that onions just can’t.
- Garlic – it’s known as nature’s antibiotic. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and can help to increase circulation. Just like onions, garlic contains germanium, which will keep your immune system happy.
- Ginger – it warms you up, baby! Ginger is a peripheral circulatory stimulant, so if you find that your hands and feet are constantly cold, get some ginger up in you. Because it’s known as a warming food, adding a little ginger to your salad dressing will help to make your salad more warming (ever notice how eating a cold salad in the cold weather will make you colder?). Ginger’s also a fantastic digestive aid as it increases circulation to the digestive organs. Ginger can even help to increase the absorption of nutrients in your food.
- Lemon juice – another antibacterial ingredient, lemon juice is super cleansing and alkalizing. It’s a great alternative to vinegar in salad dressings.
- 1 small shallot minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (crush them and let them sit for 5-10 minutes before chopping and adding to the dressing)
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp ginger, grated
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- Put all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Or, if you like a smoother texture, whiz in a small blender or Magic Bullet.
How I love to use this dressing:
- On kale – massage in this dressing and top with grated beet or carrot, dried cranberries, a sprinkle of red onions, and any other veggies you love.
- On butter lettuce – I made this two weeks back in San Francisco with all the amazing produce. Kind of like the Big Salad at the County General, here in Toronto… a shallot dressing on butter lettuce is kind of like magic.
Wishing you a healthy immune system. xo Andrea