There are certain foods that I consider life changing, either due to their amazing nutritional benefits (ie hemp seeds) or purely because of how delicious they taste (ie Beetroot Brownies!)
I recently created this kick ass salad dressing and consider it life changing! It transforms the most ordinary dish, like a simple salad into the most delicious dish! Since making this dressing it’s become a staple in my house, every weekend I make sure to make up a batch, so I’ve got it on hand for during the week.
This dressing is a great opportunity to use a different oil to add some diversity to your diet. This dressing works well with extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil or hemp seed oil. I recently made this with a combination of all 3. Both flaxseed oil and hemp seed oil are rich in omega 3 and 6 fats, these are healthy fats important for skin health, reducing inflammation, hormonal health and heart health.
I use this dressing on a simple salad of cos lettuce, sliced avocado, toasted almonds and thinly sliced red onion. It’s also amazing drizzled over steamed vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower.
What you’ll need:
3 medjool dates (pitted) approx. 50g*
¼ cup hot water
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbs baby capers
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ tsp sea salt
2 tsp djion mustard
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup oil (extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil or hemp seed oil)
How to put this together:
A very simple recipe, all you need are the above ingredients and a good blender, I use my NutriBullet.
- Add the pitted medjool dates to small bowl and top with the boiling hot water, set aside to soften up.
- While the dates are softening add all of the other ingredients to your blender, this includes the dried thyme, baby capers, garlic, sea salt, djion mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil.
- Add the softened dates and water to the blender. Blend for 1 minute until smooth, thick and creamy.
- Pour into a clean jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, although trust me it won’t last that long!
*Make sure you use medjool dates, these are fresh dates and they are much softer than the dried dates. Once you’ve soaked them in hot water they will blend up completely in this dressing and add a lovely sweet flavour. This won’t work with hard dried dates. You can purchase medjool dates in the fruit and veg section of your supermarket, they are usually stored in the fridge.
Happy sprouting, baking and cooking!