Why It's Good to Make Your Own Salad Dressing

Managing your intake of healthy fat is critical to providing your brain with what it needs to work it’s best. Unfortunately, the types of fats found in packaged foods- including pre-made salad dressing- is not the healthy kind. Most often these foods are made with cheaper oils that have high amounts of free radicals such as canola, sunflower, and safflower oil. Salad dressing, in particular, can be full of rancid oils, sugar, and other food chemicals which detract from the health benefits of the salad that we put it on.

Instead, try making your own salad dressing, using olive oil as the base and adding different types of vinegar and spices to tweak the flavor. Here’s a salad dressing recipe that you can use to boost your healthy fats and boost your brain power!

1. Use 1 cup of oil (extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil)

2. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar (balsamic, red wine, apple cider, pomegranate) or citrus (lemon, lime, orange)

3. Add salt and pepper to taste

4. Optional add-ins:
a. 1 tsp fresh chopped herbs: dill, parsley, cilantro, parsley,
b. 1/2 tsp spices: turmeric, italian seasoning, garlic powder
c. 1 garlic clove, pressed
d. 2 tbsp Tamari sauce

To make your dressing, mix the ingredients together in a glass jar with a lid and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.