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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANGEL1066 6/24/2013 8:29PM

    I love spinach salad! Ours is coming up nicely now, and the strawberries are coming on. Can't wait to try your concoction - it sounds heavenly!

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CRAFTSFAN1 6/24/2013 5:09PM

    Yummy! BRAVELUTE, You are giving a new dimension to my favorite dressing: the vinaigrette. emoticon

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CIERAPOET 6/24/2013 4:36PM

    emoticon Happy Monday!
emoticon Ready to eat! Having a late lunch so I better get in the kitchen. I'm using some cole slaw mix and my own dressing. Thanks for sharing this with us! I know what you mean about your taste buds. I used to love to eat to. Couldn't wait to eat. NOW I have to make myself eat. Eating like this will inspire me to eat more often as I should an don schedule! Enjoy a great day!
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GEORGE815 6/24/2013 12:09PM

    Sounds delicious.

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CTUPTON 6/23/2013 7:51PM

    Parisien Bonnes Herbes is an herbal blend of chives, dill, basil, French tarragon, chervil, and white pepper. I buy it from Penzeys Spices.

My daughter gave me this for Christmas last year! Chris emoticon

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CTUPTON 6/23/2013 7:45PM

    I just bought a Nutribullet. You gave me some great ideas!

Chris emoticon

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PEAWINKLE 6/23/2013 5:38PM

    Mmmhh, that salad sounds delish!

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LESLIELENORE 6/23/2013 4:18PM

    Oh yum! Now I want spinach...

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BRAVELUTE 6/23/2013 3:03PM

    Sounds good. I often eat choopped tomato and onion on black beans. I'll have to try your dressing. It would probably be enough protein with the beans. But I have been wondering what to do with my black bean spaghetti. So you/ve sparked my next pasta salad: black bean spaghetti, tomato and an avocado dressing with a little Greek yogurt for added creaminess, on a bed of spinach.

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JEANNETTE59 6/23/2013 2:50PM

  emoticon I love greens with fruit and nuts!

You might also enjoy spinach or baby kale or spring salad blend or even a combination of these greens, topped with black beans and grape tomatoes.
Dressing blended avocado, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and chili powder or chili sauce to taste. You can blend in some plain Greek yogurt to boost the protein.

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L*I*T*A* 6/23/2013 11:28AM


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MARILYNROBERT 6/23/2013 11:16AM

    I know about not chewing food enough. I'm working on that one but have a long way to go.

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SHARJOPAUL 6/23/2013 10:48AM

    Sounds SSSSOOOO good

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MUDDER91 6/23/2013 10:07AM

    That sounds great! I think I would probably have added a couple of walnuts to the blender rather than the oil. Also, I JUST bought some raspberry blush vinegar. How amazing is that??? I got it at a really weird store that sells expired stuff, so that doesn't help Fisher011. Sorry.

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AJDOVER1 6/23/2013 9:27AM

    O yum!

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FISHER011 6/23/2013 3:15AM

    I love it when you share your tasty vegan treats & wise wisdom emoticon
I want to make this yummy spinach, strawberry, walnut salad!
Looking at how you made the vinaigrette, I need to know where I can buy raspberry blush white balsamic vinegar & what is bones herbes?
Thanks so much for sharing :)

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POPSY190 6/23/2013 3:06AM

    Like the sound of this.

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CHRISTASP 6/23/2013 3:05AM

    Sounds very good. Maybe you could start bottling and selling the dressing!

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DIXIEMCCALL 6/22/2013 11:18PM

    Sounds delicious!

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FUNLOVEN 6/22/2013 10:13PM

    I don't think any of us do a very good job at tasting our food. Thanks for giving me something to think about the next time I eat.

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