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One simple change you can make to drastically improve your health is to remove any and all processed sauces, dips and dressings from your diet.  Store-bought dressings in particular are often lacking in nutrients and fiber, and are high in unpronounceable preservatives, salt, sugar and unnecessary, unhealthy fats (and can taste artificial). 

Try this super easy and quick formula for making your own amazing salad dressings, dips and sauces.  Have fun, play with the ingredients.  The possibilities are endless!


An Acid:  vinegars or fresh citrus juice
A Fat:  EVOO, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, avocado, tahini paste, natural nut butters
An Emulsifier: Dijon mustard, honey, maple syrup or hummus
A Flavor Enhancer: herbs, garlic, spices, ginger, chilies for flavor.  Milks add a creamy texture

Avocado Lime (makes 1-1/4 cups)
1/4 cup lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/4 tsp lime zest
1 avocado, diced
2 Tbsp EVOO
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp pureed garlic
Pinch of sea salt

Vegan Caesar (makes 1 cup)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/4 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp EVOO
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup organic plain unsweetened soy milk
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp pureed garlic
Pinch of sea salt

Add your ingredients to a mason jar and shake vigorously or use an immersion blender until thoroughly combined.  Adjust your ingredients for taste and enjoy on your salad or toss with your favorite vegetables.  Article and recipes from the June issue of Clean Eating (www.cleaneatingmag.com/)