Bored with Your Salad? Try New Dressings! : Guest Author Cherie Soria

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If there’s one thing we raw fooders love, it’s our salads!

A big, fresh, organic salad everyday is a great way to get your greens, not to mention all sorts of other yummy veggies without too much prep time or hassle. But they can get a little ho-hum after a while, especially in the winter months when the vegetable selection gets thin. That’s why I have put so much energy into salad dressings.

There is no limit to the variety of exciting salad dressings you can make once you understand the principles involved. A good dressing can make you totally satisfied with your salad every day, even if you don’t consider yourself a “good” cook. Salads never have to be boring—you are free to create a delicious new dressing for every salad!

Making Tasty Dressings
The most flavorful salad dressings have five important components:

  1. Tart/sour/acidic
  2. Sweet
  3. Fatty or creamy
  4. Salty
  5. Herbs and Spices

Many ingredients satisfy two or more of the five components, so it’s possible to create a simple yet delicious dressing using only three ingredients. For example, pineapples, oranges, and tamarind contain a natural balance of two important flavors: sweet and tart. These fruits, therefore, satisfy two of the basic elements. That makes them ideal as a base for salad dressings.

You may also use several different ingredients from the same category. For example: garlic, ginger, and hot chili peppers all fall into the spice category and, when combined with other ingredients from the basic five, they can help to create extraordinarily flavorful dressings for salads.

Celery, sea vegetables and miso all fall into the salt category, yet they can be used together in one recipe to add different salty flavors and create an individual, yet united, effect. When using more than one salt ingredient, use much less of each salty seasoning. Salt should be used sparingly, so the addition of herbs and spices are very important, since they help to flavor dressings without the overuse of salt.

Making It Creamy
Another important element is fats or other ingredients that add creaminess. The majority of salad dressings contain oil, although it is not necessary. There is no limit to the number of dressings and sauces you can make using whole-food fats (like avocado, young coconut and tahini) or fruits (like mango, pineapple, tomatoes, and cucumbers) that thicken and add creaminess. Whole-food fats are great sources of essential fatty acids, which are necessary for good health. A few whole, soaked raw nuts and seeds can also be used to achieve the creamy texture people enjoy so much on their salads. For easy digestion, we recommend you use only one fatty ingredient in a dressing at one time.

Remember that food preparation is an art, not a science, so you can’t make a mistake. If you’re interested in gaining more confidence in the kitchen and learning how to make great tasting raw vegan foods, I invite you to join us at Living Light Culinary Institute on the beautiful north coast of California. We have been teaching individuals, chefs and instructors the art of “making healthy living delicious” since 1998. Living Light is a California State Licensed Private Post Secondary School, so your certification means something. Why wait! Going to Living Light will change your life!

Cherie Soria

Cherie Soria

Cherie Soria and her husband, Dan Ladermann, own and operate several raw food businesses besides Living Light Culinary Institute, including the Living Light Cafe, Living Light Marketplace, a retail store providing gifts for chefs and products for healthful living, and the historic, eco-friendly Living Light Inn, all located on the beautiful Mendocino coast of northern California. They travel extensively around the world promoting the raw vegan lifestyle and have received numerous awards and accolades for Living Light International, which is recognized as one of the leading raw food businesses in the world. It is Cherie’s mission to spread the benefits of gourmet raw cuisine throughout the globe by training teachers and individuals to inspire others. She is the author of several books, including the classic Angel Foods: Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies and The Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger (co-authored with Brenda Davis, RD and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD.) For information about Living Light go to Cherie’s website, or find her on Facebook. You may also check out her blog, Food for Thought, and read about the Living Light Chef Experience.


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  1. Lance says:

    Wow! I am definitely going to try that recipe out!! I LOVE fresh, organic salads, particularly if you have a nice, healthy dressing to add. I like the the components for this one are VERY simple as well.

    I’m familiar with Chef Soria as she is an AMAZING Chef! She has very popular book out called the “Raw Food Revolution Diet”

    I highly recommend it for anyone looking for more recipes that are creative yet very do-able.

  2. viviiana says:

    great ideas….would it be possible to get a pecipe of her favorite dressing?

  3. Wendy says:

    What recipe?

  4. Rob T says:

    Wendy, don’t be mean to us guys! He was refering to the recipe of ideas which are great. Just because you gals are smarter than fellers… hmmmph!!!

  5. Marlene says:

    Hardly mean…I was going to ask the same question: “What recipe?”

    The response seems more like a ‘canned’ comment.
    Maybe just a promo for the book that was linked.

  6. Em says:

    From the title of this post, I was looking forward to at least one actual recipe…

    I’m not saying I can’t play around with the components, which are well known – of course I can. But from the title, I was hoping for some specific inspiration.

    Now that I’m reading it again, I can see how it’s signalling a pep talk to ‘try new dressings’ rather than actually sharing any…

  7. Laura says:

    An example of how to put these principles into use would have been helpful. I think the idea was to inspire creativity, which is great, but how about helping us with a clear-cut example of a dressing made with these elements and an explanation of why they work? I’m not very good at this kind of thing, so this article was basically useless for me. I guess I’ll have to buy the book (maybe that was the real idea).

  8. Laura says:

    I also agree that the first guy who posted sounds really fake.

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