Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Recipe: Salad Dressings (GMO Free)

Salad dressings and mayonnaise are very difficult to find in GMO free versions in the grocery store.  Plus they are usually filled with so many strange chemicals that making your own, fresh, at home is a more healthy alternative.  Its also less expensive, which gives you more money to purchase healthy food for your family. 

Make some in just 3 to 5 minutes:  (Makes 250 ml (1 cup)

Oriental Vinaigrette Dressing 
1/4 c. olive oil, grape seed oil or other GMO free oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. GMO free Tamari or soy sauce
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. dried onions
1 fresh garlic clove, minced
1/4 c. water.
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a mason jar, put on lid and shake until well blended.  Allow to stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.  Refrigerate unused portion.

This is a perfect dressing for a salad made from suey choy (chinese cabbage), bok choy, bean sprouts, and grated chinese radish (diakon or red heart), and chives.   Top with sesame seeds or cashews for some extra protein and flavour.

Lemon and Poppyseed dressing (GMO free)
1 med. certified organic lemon
2 tbsp. poppy seeds
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. grape seed oil, olive oil or other GMO-free vegetable oil
1/4 c. water
1 tbsp. liquid honey (creamed honey may contain GM canola) or maple syrup or cane sugar

 Grate peel from lemon and place in a blender.  Express the juice from the lemon, remove seeds and add to blender.  Discard rind.  Mix all other ingredients into a blender.  Blend well for 1 minute.  Dressing will become creamy and have bits of black poppy seeds.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

This dressing is very good on a baby spring greens salad with its fresh, mild taste.  Try adding dried cranberries and slivered almonds to the salad. 

If your berries are store bought instead of home dried, check the label for soya oil, corn syrup, 
canola oil or added sugar, before buying -- these 4 ingredients are often the cause of GMO contamination in processed foods.  Avoiding non certified organic sources of soy, corn, canola and sugar will carry you a long way in avoiding GMO foods in your diet.  And you will save money by preparing your own food from scratch at home.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for those great recipes. I buy the expensive french mustard and when the jar is almost empty, I throw in some EVOO and white or red balsamic. Shake and serve.