Asian salad dressing
Use this dressing for salads, or to drizzle over steamed vegetables to liven them up. Its also great for knocking a cold or flu on the head. If you have some left over, store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge to avoid its delicate health-giving oils from being damaged. Keeps for a week in the fridge. Tamari is a naturally gluten-free soya sauce found in Asian shops and health stores, which also stock healthy cold-pressed (or “virgin”) nut and seed oils.
4 tbs cold-pressed sesame, peanut or sunflower oil
1 tbs (2 dsp) white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (avoid vinegar for yeast-free diet)
1 tsp tamari sauce (omit if on a yeast-free diet)
1 rounded tsp peeled, finely grated root ginger
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional extras (health/flavour boosters):
I finely chopped red chilli
½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
1 dessertspoon sesame seeds
1. Place the basic dressing ingredients in a screw top jar.
2. Add an optional extra if using, shake well and drizzle over salad or steamed veg.
Why this recipe is good for you:
Cold-pressed, raw sesame and sunflower oils are a great source of unrefined omega 6 fatty acids. These delicate and easily-damaged oils are essential for digestive health, skin and hormone balance as well as energy, weight management and immunity. Damaging, toxic, “-trans fats” are created when omega 6 oils are extracted from seeds/nuts at high temperature, when they are heat-treated for longer shelf life, or when they are fried. All non virgin (non cold-pressed) nut and seed oils contain toxic trans fats and belong in the bin. Beneficial omega 6 oils are found in (raw, unsalted) hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower and ground sesame seeds. Ginger, garlic, Chinese 5 spice and chillies are high in antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory, immune-supporting effects.