SESAME GINGER DRESSING


The complex Asian flavors in this salad dressing can carry even the most simple ingredients. It is similar to the dressing that is sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores under the same name. Making this quick dressing yourself means you can use better quality ingredients. All homemade dressings can be sweetened with liquid stevia, to taste.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet since olives grow easily throughout the region. Extra virgin olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy type. EVOO is also a powerful antioxidant and claimed to lower your cardiovascular risk. The ADA endorses the Mediterranean diet for Type 2 and Prediabetics.

 

Garlic is closely related to the onion and packs several healing benefits. It is a powerful antibiotic and has been studied to show that it protects the health of the heart. One study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that garlic oil had a significant potential for preventing cardiomyopathy. This is a type of heart disease that affects many diabetics.

 

Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory root. It is widely used to treat upset stomachs and indigestion. This familiar flavor is not just limited to ginger ale and provides the most healing benefits in its fresh root form. Most spice sections in grocery stores at least carry the dried powder version. Ginger can increase insulin release in diabetics – which is a good thing.

 

Mushrooms contain the amino acid ergothioneine which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. When eaten raw mushrooms can contain higher levels of prebiotics to help foster healthy gut bacteria. The benefits continue, as mushrooms are also antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer.

 

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KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

Good kitchen tools, like good ingredients, are important for success. If you have a conventional blender that can be used instead of an immersion blender.

  • Immersion Hand Blender – The ideal toolkit for making salad dressings, marinades and other sauces. Also useful for pureeing soup while still in the pan.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

Follow the instructions below to make this simple and savory dressing. Add liquid stevia, to taste, if desired. To reduce your calorie count, add fresh water to dilute the other ingredients to your desired consistency.

 

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The complex Asian flavors in this salad dressing can carry even the most simple ingredients. This dressing is also great on steamed fish or chicken with veggies. Low in carbs and sugar but high in flavor!
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Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 1.25 c
Ingredients
  • Olive Oil, ¾ c
  • Rice Vinegar, ¼ c
  • Garlic, 1 clove or 1 tsp powdered
  • Ginger, 1 tbsp fresh or ¼ tsp powdered
  • Sesame Oil, 2 tbsp
  • Sesame Seeds, 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Mushrooms - Shiitake, ½ c fresh or re-hydrated
  • Tamari, 1 tbsp (sub Soy Sauce)
Instructions
  1. OPTIONAL: Dry toast (no oil or butter needed) the garlic in skillet over medium-low heat until the outside is lightly brown (5-10 minutes).
  2. Add the olive oil, rice vinegar, tamari and sesame oil to the immersion blender container.
  3. Add the garlic clove (or powder), ginger (or powder), mushrooms to the blender container.
  4. Blend until the ingredients are fully combined.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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