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A salad and flavorful vinegars

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The best salad and dressing I've ever had

I went to a luncheon at a support group Thursday. A lady who couldn't come sent a beautiful spinach/strawberry/ walnut salad and had us pour a homemade vinaigrette over it all just before the dinner. I went through the line last and no one had taken any of that salad. Too bad for them, because it became the bulk of my lunch.

Today I went to the farmer's market. Yep. I bought spinach and strawberries first thing. Guess what I had for dinner. Yep a spinach/strawberry/walnut salad. That part was easy, but I hadn't paid attention to the dressing, only that it stuck to the walnuts and was delightful.

So I set up the nutribullet and whirled rice vinegar with garlic, raspberry blush white balsamic vinegar, 3 roasted garlic cloves, bonnes herbes, a scallion, and a teaspoon of olive oil.

It was exactly what I wanted (based on my intuitive eating desires.) It was heavenly. I can't remember ever feeling that strongly about those other unmentionables I used to be addicted to. It seems like I am finally really tasting food now.

Why is that? I loved to eat before. Was I only tasting sweet and salty?
I know I wasn't chewing like I am now. (TMI? sorry)

Well, I'll never know the answer to that Why? question. But I'm delighted with this change.

Note to Fisher011: Bones Herbes is a typo. Parisien Bonnes Herbes is an herbal blend of chives, dill, basil, French tarragon, chervil, and white pepper. I buy it from Penzeys Spices. Every time I open the bag, it smells like I just picked all those things fresh from my herb garden.

And someone else wondered about my vinegars. When I realized I either needed to find some or order from Dr. Fuhrman, I went to the salad dressing section in each store I shop in. I already was enjoying aged balsamic vinegar. I knew I could find wine vinegars and apple cider vinegar. So I just went vinegar grazing. I'm not sure where I found them all because I went to my local organic health food store, Publix, Winn Dixie, and Walmart. What I found was

Nakano Seasoned Rice vinegar with roasted Garlic, a no fat, low calorie food
20 calories per Tablespoon 240 mg sodium

Alessi White Balsamic Raspberry Blush Vinegar
20 calories per Tablespoon 0 sodium

Bragg Organic Braggberry fat free Dressing & Marinade
20 calories / 2 Tablespoons 0 sodium

Apple Cider vinegar: 2 calories per tablespoon 0 sodium

Pomegranate Juice concentrate (4X) 0 sodium
38 calories per tablespoon

Colavita Balsamic vinegar 8 calories /tablespoon

Some Fuhrman recipes talk about fig vinegar. So for those I whirl dates or figs with one of the vinegars in the nutribullet.

And this has become like a hobby. I plan to seek out new markets that might have new and different vinegars for my salads.

I also turn fresh orange juice into a salad topping.

All of the above can be whirled in a nutribullet with some nuts to add a healthy nutrient dense needed fat to your salad greens.
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