Salads are a great go-to option on any diet. But those dressings and toppings that take them from blah to brilliant? They’re usually guilty of hiding sneaky carbs. Take charge of your lunchtime routine by making your own dressings that are jam-packed with flavor--without the sugar! This easy vinaigrette stores well in the fridge for up to a week. Just keep it in a mason jar and shake well before adding to your meal.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Amazing ACV</p></h4>
Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV, is a serious superfood. It’s made by adding a helpful bacterial colony called the “mother” to apple cider. The resulting tangy vinegar adds an amazing depth of flavor to foods when used to deglaze a pan or create a sauce. By choosing raw ACV “with the mother,” you get tons of health benefits, too. It dramatically improves insulin function and lowers blood sugar levels after meals. It can also help with weight loss. Studies show that not only does eating ACV with a meal help you feel fuller, you may end up eating nearly 300 fewer calories for the rest of the day!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Keeping Kosher</p></h4>
Salt is salt, right? Wrong! There are dozens of different varieties, from plain iodized table salt to fancy Himalayan pink salt and even black lava salt. Many of these are best used to finish a dish, but some have specific purposes during cooking. Kosher salt is one of those. It doesn’t include additives like iodine. Plus, it has a larger grain than the salt found in your average shaker and therefore dissolves more slowly. That means you can better control your seasoning when cooking. You can also use that rough texture to do fun tricks like create the intense garlic paste we use in this recipe! Though doctors often warn you to watch your sodium levels, a certain amount of salt is actually good for you. It helps you stay hydrated and can balance your electrolytes—particularly important if you’ve been exercising.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Apple Cider Vinaigrette</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 2 mins | Cooking Time: 2 mins| Serves: 4</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 4 tablespoons olive oil
* 3 tablespoons raw, organic apple cider vinegar (we like Bragg’s)
* 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* ½ teaspoon monk fruit extract
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
* ¼ teaspoon onion powder
* ¼ teaspoon mixed dried herbs
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. After mincing the garlic, sprinkle it with the kosher salt while still on the cutting board. Use the side of your knife to smash the salt into the garlic and work it back and forth gently to form a paste.
2. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Alternatively, shake all ingredients in a mason jar until well combined.
3. Drizzle over salad and enjoy!