sesame-ginger-flax salad dressing


Simple Salad with Flax Oil

Sunday: I don’t think I’m getting enough Omega-3 in my diet. A crazy raw vegan facebook friend kindly shared a link with me recently of renowned expert in “good-for-you-fats”, Udo Eramus (watch it here). As he was going through the (very, very long) list of benefits of Omega-3, I was mentally checking off the things I really need help with right now, including increased energy levels and lighter mood, help with carbohydrate and general food cravings, digestion improved skin / hair condition and nail strength, and healing of injuries as I’m still plagued by a skiing injury from Feb 2010I had been looking at these issues independently of each other and suddenly I have hope that increasing my Omega intake will help with all of it – fingers crossed hey??

It just so happens that I bought a bottle of flax seed oil recently. I had first bought some last year but had to throw it out because it expired before I could use it – I didn’t know what to do with it and in all honesty, I was scared of the stuff!  But if I thought I was determined to actually use the damn expensive stuff before I listened to Udo, I certainly am after!! I know I can add it to smoothies, so I will make a more concerted effort to get off my bum and make those more often (I keep saying that and waiting for it to actually happen though!) And I also thought I should try it as a salad dressing since I’m also trying to get more into those as well.

Wednesday: I got home from work late tonight, totally starving! I hate eating a lot just before bed but knew I needed something, and as I had started pulling together this blog on Omega 3, thought it was the perfect opportunity for a light salad and experimental dressing. I didn’t have high hopes to say the least and it was surprisingly delicious! Tasty, light, filling (well enough to get me off to sleep without a rumbling tummy), and HEALTHY! Yay :)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbls cold-pressed flax seed oil
  • 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt, although they do have different flavors)
  • Few grinds of fresh pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger (on micro-plane), tightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp Victoria Taylor’s Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning – granted, not all of you are going to have this laying around and I’m sorry about that but I love her herbs! Not entirely raw I suppose but I was given the whole collection before I went raw so need to use them for something…

Instructions:

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended
  • I then let it sit and ‘marinade’ while I prepared a simple, simple salad of baby spinach, arugula, grape tomatoes (quartered), 1/2 avocado sliced
  • Confession time… I went to wrap the other half of the avocado when I finished my salad and decided it might taste good mashed up with the rest of the oil so I grabbed a fork, mashed it up in the skin and mixed in the oil. I was right, it was good!

I’ll keep you posted on any noticeable benefits of my increased Omega-3 intake over the next few weeks and would love to hear any experiences y’all may have had!

xx

July 31, 2011 update… My increased Omega-3 intake, through salad dressings and Karyn’s Green Meal Shake is working wonders for my skin and hair! I actually feel like I’m anti-aging as I quickly approach the big 3-0!!

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