This deliciously light salad dressing is a quick, easy alternative to commercial salad dressings. Most salad dressings available today contain soy and gmo ingredients. Making your own is not difficult or time consuming. It is easy and doesn’t contain any sketchy ingredients that you don’t want to put in your body or the bodies of your family members either. In fact, using a dressing with a healthy oil is actually good for your body in numerous ways. The body needs fat to be consumed with the vegetables in order to extract the most nutrients from the vegetables. This is because fat soluble vitamins need fat to be properly absorbed by the body. Don’t be afraid to add fat to your vegetables. It’s actually better for you than fat free, as long as you are using a healthy oil like the olive oil in this recipe. This nice vinaigrette dressing only takes a minute to throw together. Measure all ingredients directly into the blender in the order listed using the measuring marks on the blender jar. Store in the refrigerator, but take the bottle out of the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before serving, as olive oil will solidify somewhat in the refrigerator. Shake before using.
Easy Garlic Balsamic Salad Dressing
4 oz. extra virgin olive oil
2 oz. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp sea salt
A pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/8 tsp. xanthan gum*
Measure olive oil into blender jar. Add xanthan gum. Blend for 15 seconds. Measure vinegar directly into blender jar. Add garlic. Blend until smooth. If using a blender with a presetting for dressings, blend the xanthan gum and olive oil first, add the vinegar and then use the dressing setting.
Use immediately or refrigerate for later. *This salad dressing recipe can be entirely GMO free when made of non-GMO ingredients, including the xanthan gum. Ener-G xanthan gum and Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum are not made from GMO ingredients. If you cannot find xanthan gum locally, you can purchase it through Amazon.com. Click on the photo for a link that takes you directly to the product. Xanthan gum emulsifies the dressing so it doesn’t separate as much.
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