Fresh Salad Dressings Perk Up an Ordinary Salad
It’s official: summer is here and it’s time to welcome the season with all kinds of salads that sparkle with flavor—once they get a delicious topping like this Easy Avocado Salad Dressing! Yes, there are many commercial salad dressings that will do, but there’s nothing quite like the taste of a fresh dressing you whip up yourself just before eating.
Any simple green salad (like the salad with cucumbers, carrots, and sunflower seeds pictured here) will shine with this garlicky sauce. What about dressing up an ordinary potato salad? Or try this on a black rice salad? Bean salads transform from ho-hum to woo-hoo with this dash of delicious!
As many of my readers will know, traditional Ayurvedic practitioners generally do not recommend raw-food salads and caution against eating them daily, since raw foods take considerably longer to digest than cooked foods. Because raw-food salads are usually light and cooling, they tend to increase vata and kapha. Nonetheless, we Americans do love our salads, especially during the hot days of summer. If you have strong digestion, you may tolerate the raw-food standard. In any case, the garlic in this dressing will help you to better digest those raw veggies, and the avocado will help pacify vata.
At home, I save salads for late spring through the summer and early autumn when it’s still warm in the Carolinas. I serve salad greens with seeded raw cucumbers, as they are easier to digest when seeded, and they are so cooling on these hot summer days. Then I may add avocado and/or roasted vegetables and some kind of seeds or nuts.
Not interested in salads? This dressing will also perk up many an ordinary side dish. Grilled summer squash and asparagus or any steamed vegetable will be so much more flavorful when drizzled with this tangy dressing.
Enjoy this Easy Avocado Salad Dressing in 10 minutes or less.
PS Looking for more quick salad dressing recipes? See pages 210-212 in your copy of Sacred & Delicious!