It’s the simple things that make life awesome right! Like a salad!
Believe me, I have scoured shelf and shelf at various stores reading labels with high hopes, only to be crushed when I see a promising Avocado or Olive oil based dressing in which somewhere, hidden in its ingredient list, are things like soybean oil, safflower oil or canola oil. Sometimes with the word ORGANIC in front of them! Who cares if it’s organic!
Have you seen how canola oil is made and what it’s made from? YUCK!
Is it that hard to make a clean full fat salad dressing? Well probably not. But it’s cheaper to use those crappy Industrialized Oils to cut the cost a little. I know the drill. The food industry is a hard biz to make a buck in. The overhead and cost of ingredients for the manufacturer to give consumers high quality clean products is outrageous. But those IO’s (industrialized oils) are cheap! Making it almost impossible to find a good IO free dressing on the market.
So what is a keto salad eating person to do?
Buy some Mayonnaise! …so now let’s look for a mayonnaise! If your goal is a creamy dressing, you may need mayonnaise as a base. Think of this as a quest to find the Holy Grail!
Check the back of that jar friend. You’ll be hard pressed to find a store bought mayo that doesn’t contain one or more of those nasty, no-good IO’s. In fact, they will say Olive Oil Mayonnaise, until you start reading the back, and that’s where they suck you in…they cut that more expensive stuff with a soy, canola or safflower oil. (Insert adult words and gestures towards the food industry here!)
Hold out a little hope! There are a few quality products on the market. However finding them is again, like finding the unicorns…it’s hard depending on your geographical location and the fact that they may not exist. Ugh!
Once you do find that unicorn of a Mayonnaise you’re also going to need a pot of gold from the end of a rainbow, because they are expensive!
We are not out of luck yet! We are going to make our own mayonnaise! It’s easy!
Now that you’ve done that, lets make the dressing.
- 1 cup Easy Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp water (to thin the mayonnaise, leave it as thick as you like)
- 2 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, coarse grind
- 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
- 2 tsp Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute (you can sub in any dry spice mix you like, I have even used Weber’s Chicken seasoning blend or a BBQ blend)
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
Now dress a beautiful salad!
This salad dressing costs a fraction of what store bought “clean” dressings cost. You can use this as a sauce to top steak, chicken, pork chops, salmon or even eggs. It’s as versatile as it is delicious.
Flavor your mayonnaise based dressing with practically anything you like. Let us know about it on IG or Facebook!
This post is #LukeTheGoldendoodle approved!
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