When it comes to salads, it’s always better to make them with fresh, organic vegetables from your local farmers market, and they always seem to taste better with a homemade dressing. Making your own salad dressing is beneficial not only for your wallet, but also for your health. Many store bought salad dressings are full of sodium, which can lead to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (1), so the next time you have a salad, try using some of the ingredients you already have at home!
Cilantro Lime Dressing
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup cilantro
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Add all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk until emulsified.
This dressing is delicious over your favorite whole grain such as quinoa, freekeh or sorghum!
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 63 calories, Fat: 7 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 1 gram, Sugar: 0.5 grams, Sodium: 50 milligrams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
1. Long term effects of dietary sodium reduction on cardiovascular disease outcomes: observational follow-up of the trials of hypertension prevention. The British Medical Journal. http://www.bmj.com/content/334/7599/885?query=rft.jtitle%25253DCirculation%2526rft.stitle%25253DCirculation%2526rft.issn%25253D0009-7322%2526rft.aulast%25253DYu%2526rft.auinit1%25253DH.%252BC.%252BM.%2526rft.volume%25253D98%2526rft.issue%25253D23%2526rft.spage%25253D2621%2526rft.epage%25253D2628%2526rft.atitle%25253DSalt%252BInduces%252BMyocardial%252Band%252BRenal%252BFibrosis%252Bin%252BNormotensive%252Band%252BHypertensive%252BRats%2526rft_id%25253Dinfo%25253Adoi%25252F10.1161%25252F01.CIR.98.23.2621%2526rft_id%25253Dinfo%25253Apmid%25252F9843472%2526rft.genre%25253Darticle%2526rft_val_fmt%25253Dinfo%25253Aofi%25252Ffmt%25253Akev%25253Amtx%25253Ajournal%2526ctx_ver%25253DZ39.88-2004%2526url_ver%25253DZ39.88-2004%2526url_ctx_fmt%25253Dinfo%25253Aofi%25252Ffmt%25253Akev%25253Amtx%25253Actx