Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Salad SOS: Living Without Salt, Oil, or Sugar

Making whole food recipes and not adding any additional salt, oil, or sugar is growing in popularity. It is now called SOS, vegan SOS and raw vegan SOS dishes are the healthiest we can eat based on the latest research discussed in Books like the China study and covered in movies like Forks Over Knives. Basically we are leaving out extra calories that are unnecessary. Individuals on a weight loss plan can easily avoid about 500 -1000 calories per day by not using added oil or sugar. Smart fitness professionals are advocating this as part of a healthy lifestyle because you get results fast.

Raw onion and garlic are stronger in raw vegan SOS recipes as below so you want to use less than in cooked dishes. In general, do this when you create your own recipes too. We use dates for sweetening because dates are a whole food with all its natural properties. Chia seed can be used to help thicken a dressing. Dressings can be used as sauces too and even dips if thickened with a little extra chia seed.

We start with a simple Fruit Vinaigrette recipe and then we will make small changes to create a set of dressing recipes quickly. If you like things spicy just add more cayenne or spices. You can use a Food Processor, regular blender or high speed blender to make these recipes. Soak the dates in some of the recipe water or liquid if using a regular blender or food processor. If you substitute fresh herbs for dried use about 3 times as much as the dried (1 tsp dried equals 1 tbsp fresh). If your dressing seems a little thick just add an additional tablespoon of water one at a time and mix well.

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Here are is the original vinaigrette followed by some variations to get you started:


 

Strawberry Vinaigrette         

(Raw, Vegan SOS)

Ingredients*:


1 cup sliced Strawberries (about 8 medium Strawberries)
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
 

(Optional:  1/8 tsp ground black pepper, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp maqui berry powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Raspberry Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Raspberries
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, dash of Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp Goji Berry Extract Powder, 1/4 tsp Camu Camu Berry Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Italian Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Italian herbs mixture, dried (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1/2 a very small clove of Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced or 1/4 tsp powdered)
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, dash of Cayenne Pepper, 1/4 tsp Ginseng Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred

 

 Mango Chili Lime Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Mango, fresh
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
1 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
1 tsp Chia Seeds

1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Lime Juice
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

(Optional: 1/4 tsp Camu Camu Berry Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

 French Style Tomato Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup Tomatoes
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
3 Medjool date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper

Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

(Optional: 1/2 tsp Tomato Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Medjool Dijon Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or red wine vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped red or white onion
2 or 3 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper
1 very small clove of Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced or 1/4 tsp powdered)
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Almond or Cashew Butter
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
2 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1 tsp Lemon Juice
 

(Optional: 1/8 teaspoon ground Black Pepper)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Creamy Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


2 tbsp Tahini
3/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped Red or White Onion
2 Medjool dates pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
2 tsp Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
 

(Optional: 1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper, 1/4 tsp Ginger Powder)
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred


 

Green Cucumber Vinaigrette

(Raw, Vegan SOS)
 

Ingredients*:


1 cup diced Cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp finely chopped white onion
1 Medjool Date pitted, chopped and soaked with water above
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper

1/4 tsp Spirulina Powder
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
 

Preparation:


1. Blend all ingredients. This dressing will get a little better sitting overnight in the refrigerator.
 

* All organic preferred
 

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