• 2 lemon's juice
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. raw almonds soaked
  • 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • dash of pepper
  • optional:
  • 1 tbsp honey

Today I wanted to share with you a simple and delicious way you can make a real difference in your health.  All you need is a strong blender like the Vitamix {my BFF} and a handful of ingredients to make this tasty homemade dressing!

Sounds easy already right?  I am sure you can agree most of us don’t eat enough vegetables or salads and when you do, you smother all kinds of unsuspecting ingredients atop those lively greens.  I am with you that salad dressing makes the greens taste all the better but isn’t it nice to know we don’t have to sacrifice our health with store bought dressings?!

Unless you are my husband, who can eat a head of romaine all by it’s crunchy self, then this simple dressing recipe will get you to eat more salads and cut up raw vegetables pronto!  His normal salad dressing includes a squeeze of lemon and olive oil {boring I know}!  Although, he does lick the spoon when I make my homemade dressings.

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You may be asking why we don’t use vinegar and that is a great question which I have addressed in other salad dressing posts.  In a nut shell, vinegar actually encourages candida and yeast in the body.  It is one of the culprits for many symptoms we see come in the clinic. From itchy ears and eyes, bloating, brain fog, and skin rashes to name just a few, that could be caused by eating foods like vinegar and other foods that promote yeast.

Eliminating vinegar in the diet and store bought bottled dressing is a simple tip for better overall health!  Next time your in the market, take a look at those bottled dressings and I dare you to try and pronounce some of the ingredients on the label!  The oils they use are cheap and most likely genetically modified.

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As you can see our pup {who is an old girl , 13} loves salad and anything crunchy!  A pooch after my husband’s own heart!  She is often my shadow when I am taking my food pictures because she is no fool and knows mum will give her a treat!

However, this time she obviously couldn’t wait for it because when I was called away from my photo shoot, due to some escape artist chickens {happens too often}, the fur ball decided to help herself.  No will power on her part and it was salad of all things not a juicy piece of Tandoori Chicken like last weeks post!

I hope after you make this simple salad dressing you will have no will power to keep eating more greens and vegetables too! Oh and here are a few of my other favorite dressings that you will absolutely love: Roasted Chicken with Champagne Dressing ,  Tahini Dressing, Ranch Dressing, Ginger Dressing, Creamy Chive Dressing,  and  Strawberry Mint Lime Dressing to name just a few!

As I was cleaning up, my dog was still at it trying to find a way to get more treats!  I can’t blame her for eyeing that tangy dressing because it is so good!  Lastly, here is a link if you are new to soaking nuts and don’t understand the health benefits it offers.  Cheers to your health friends!

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Lemon Cayenne Dressing {paleo, vegan, vinegar & sugar free}
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lemon’s juice
  • ½ c. coconut milk
  • ½ c.olive oil
  • ½ c. raw almonds soaked
  • ½ tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cayenne
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • dash of pepper
  • optional:
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract or oil
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions
  1. In a 1-2 cup size glass jar fill with raw almonds and cover completely with filtered water.
  2. You can soak just the ¼ cup almonds needed for this recipe or more.
  3. Just make sure your glass jar has room for the almonds to expand.
  4. Any size jar you use fill with almonds ¾ full and completely fill to top with filtered water.
  5. Soak almonds up to 3 hours but over night is best. Rinse nuts and refill with fresh water.
  6. In a strong blender mix all ingredients, including soaked almonds and puree until creamy.
  7. Taste and add more spice, pepper or salt.

Notes
You can use any other soaked nut like cashew or walnuts. I put the link in my post for more details on why and how to soak nuts. Or if nuts are an issue you can replace it with hemp seeds, or soaked pumpkin seeds. I have even used ¼ cup of coconut butter! Adding soaked nuts {or coconut butter} lends a creamy texture and flavor to the dressings all the while being dairy-free. For a little sweetness with the spice add the honey! The spices give you the flavor and the lemon replaces that bite we love from vinegar. Read my post why we stay away from vinegar. Please use organic when you can.

With a Spoonful of Health,

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