Choosing to make homemade salads and dressings is a game-changer for gut health
Every fresh ingredient added carries its own array of beneficial microbes and fiber, essential for a thriving gut microbiome. Store-bought dressings often contain preservatives, sugars, and unhealthy fats which can disrupt this delicate balance.
By crafting your own dressings, you're ensuring the use of whole, natural ingredients like olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar, and fresh herbs — all promoting a happy gut!
Basic Salad Dressing
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 small garlic clove, pressed or minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice (or red wine vinegar)
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
½ tsp of acceptable sea salt
¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
3 cups mixed greens
1 cup sliced onions
1 cup spinach
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes cut in 1/2
1/4 cup cucumbers diced
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl (or shake all ingredients together vigorously in a sealed jar) until thoroughly combined.
Serve. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for between 1-7 days. If you choose to refrigerate the dressing, it must be stirred or shaken again before serving.
Mix all the ingredients with the basic salad dressing and you are all set.