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Way 10 - Make our own salad dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Greek salads are light, refreshing, and healthy—thanks in part to their simple and easy-to-make dressings.

Toss your dressing with a mix of romaine lettuce, fresh mint, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, and sliced chicken breast, for an authentic Mediterranean lunch or dinner.

Credit: © Christian Jung / Fotolia

"Extra-virgin olive oil-derived oleocanthal associated with the consumption of Mediterranean diet has the potential to reduce the risk of AD or related neurodegenerative dementias," scientists reported in a new study in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

Virgin Olive Oil and a Mediterranean Diet Fight Heart Disease by Changing How Our Genes Function per research published in the July 2010 print issue of the FASEB Journal.

After three months, olive oil polyphenols made a significant impact on the expression of genetic changes influencing coronary heart disease. Results also showed that the consumption of virgin olive oil in conjunction with a Mediterranean diet can positively impact lipid and DNA oxidation, insulin resistance, inflammation, carcinogenesis, and tumor suppression.

Per Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal, "Not only does this research offer more support for encouraging people to change their eating habits, it is an important first step toward identifying drug targets that affect how our genes express themselves."

Here's to using Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the 'base' in our own dressings to remain "AWAKE! ALIVE! AWARE! and Appreciative of ALL that IS".

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    Thanks for the links and recipe. I love greek salads but never make my own dressings.
    1187 days ago
    I am a big fan of extra-virgin olive oil. I actually put it on my popcorn (instead of butter) when I pop it at home.
    1189 days ago
    Great blogs! I love the Mediterranean diet.
    1191 days ago
    You are right about the extra virgin olive oil. It is indeed wonderful for health. The Greek issues are special too.
    1192 days ago
    Make my own most of the time also- much healthier sodium-wise.
    1192 days ago
    Me? I go straight to dry spices and whole olives. emoticon Gotta love that olive flavor!
    1192 days ago
    Like Linda, I tend to go for just balsamic vinegar and EVOO. Lately we have been experimenting with different flavored/infused olive oils and balsamics, since we now have and Under the Olive Tree store near us.
    1193 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I have been using the olive oil mixed simply with Balsamic vinegar to make a quick dressing for myself. I sprinkle spices on the salad to perk up the flavor. I do know I have to add more healthy fats to my diet. Walnuts and almond butter are my go to ones. Wish I could get into fish, but don't like the idea of having to prepare it or the smell not being able to be cleared out because of no uptake fans in here.
    Thanks for the links!!
    1193 days ago
    thanks. always make my own. favorite is for cucumber salad and adding mint and garlic along with the other spices
    1193 days ago
    always make my own dressing and I like to experiment with different vinegars.
    1193 days ago
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