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Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing


Spring is here and so are salad days. I enjoy eating salads especially when there are baby greens and mixed fruits in my salad.  I feel that adding fruits to your salad is the best way to get into the habit of eating salad, mangoes and strawberries are the best. They make salads interesting and appetizing. To make it a little more enticing and healthy, you can try a variety of homemade salad dressings.


Why a salad dressing? According to nutritionists and food scientists, eating a salad without fat is actually less healthy. (read more here and here). The reason is that fat is needed by our bodies to absorb the nutrients in vegetables. So why homemade? Simple, because not all fats are same, and not all salad dressings are the same (read an interesting article on this topic here). So it is important that you choose good fats and other clean ingredients to make your own salad dressing.


Ingredients: 
  • Organic chia seeds - 2 Tbs.
  • Yellow mustard seeds - 2 tsp.(if using black mustard, use only 1/2 tsp) 
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Unpasteurized Apple cider vinegar - 3 Tbs
  • Local unfiltered honey - 2 Tbs
  • Sea salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Filtered water - 1 cup
  • EV Olive oil - 3 Tbs.
Directions: 
  • Blend everything except olive oil in Vitamix at high speed for about a minute or till you get a creamy dressing. Add olive oil an whip for a few seconds. 
  • Transfer to a glass bottle and keep refrigerated up to a week. 
  • This serves 3 to 4. Enjoy with you favorite salad ! 



Recipe source: Eat The Rainbow

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