For those who strive to live a real food lifestyle, there are few handier or healthier companions than a good salad. Few dishes invite such a diversity of ingredients to nourish the body. And the process of making a salad can nourish the soul: the relaxing repetitive motion of chopping the vegetables; the attention to beauty when combining colorful ingredients; the mixing and tossing once dressing has been added.
Speaking of dressing… Whipping up a homemade salad dressing is simple, too, and vastly more nutritious! Store-bought, processed versions often contain high fructose corn syrup, loads of sugar, preservatives, and industrial seed oils that are high in inflammation-promoting omega-6 fats. Low-fat versions are even worse; in addition to the extra sugar they often use to replace the taste lost from removing fat, they also prevent your body from absorbing and using many of the nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) that the rest of salad ingredients provide, since our bodies require fat in order to assimilate most nutrients. The beauty of home-crafted dressings is that you can control exactly what goes into the final product – and they taste better, too!
Just ask Jane Elder Kunz, our co-founder and owner of Traders Point Creamery, who frequently prepares her famous (and enticingly easy) salad dressing to enjoy on her equally famous salads. It is full of good fats for maximum nutrient absorption and simple on-hand ingredients for easy preparation any night of the week.
But its real secret is the milk!
Here is a personal note from Jane, along with her recipe…
The following recipe is what I use on a nightly basis for my family.
The secret IS in the milk: the milk neutralizes the acid of the vinegar. One of my kids liked it so much that when he was young he would actually drink it!
Jane’s Sensational Salad Dressing
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon of organic cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon of organic stone ground mustard
5 to 6 tablespoons of Traders Point Creamery whole milk
Mix oil and vinegar together, add salt, sugar, mustard and mix. Add milk and stir (the secret: do not add milk until near ready to serve). Dress your salad and enjoy!