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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Chef and The Dietitian - Episode 43 - Take 5 Salad Dressing

People are always asking me and Chef AJ for oil-free easy salad dressings. Well, this one's for you. Take 5 Salad Dressing is 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make. Enjoy this fat-free dressing on salads, baked potatoes, steamed veggies, cooked whole grains and legumes, or anything else that needs a little pizzazz.

2 TB. Water
2 TB. Lemon Juice
2 TB. Low-Sodium Miso
2 TB. Date Syrup (or Maple Syrup)
1 TB. Low-Sodium Dijon

8 comments:

New Medicine Group said...

I am a fan of much of what you suggest, but this dressing is a real disaster.

No fat, low sodium, date syrup!!??
* Good fat is essential to every cell in the body, and a dressings are one of the best ways of taking non-heat treated oils
* Natural salt (not sodium chloride) is an essential biochemistry stabiliser
* Date sugar is one of the highest fructose contents possible

I am afraid this is a nutritional disaster that believes its a health food...

girlsmiley said...

Thank you for this simple recipe. I love your books and your videos :-)

Julieanna Hever MS, RD said...

New Medicine Group: We do not recommend oil, sugar, or salt...that is the premise of *The Chef and The Dietitian*...we only use whole plant foods without those ingredients. There is plenty of evidence showing the risk of consuming these processed foods. Further, date syrup is not date sugar and it does not have the "highest fructose contents possible". Foods that are higher in fructose content include honey, agave, whole apples, grapes, pears, etc. Besides, evidence shows that it is the excess sugars that matter more than the type of sugar with respect to increased incidence of weight gain and associated chronic disease. Date syrup is cooked dates and can easily be considered a whole food since the fiber is retained, unlike date sugar...besides, all sweeteners need to be used in moderation. And we get plenty of sodium from our diets and it is not necessary to supplement with "natural salt".

loveandkale said...

"dressings are one of the best ways of taking non-heat treated oils?" Why would anyone want to intentionally ingest oil, unless they were trying to deliberately create heart disease or diabetes?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_42LfH8veEU

Of course we need fat, but we can get all the fat we need from WHOLE FOOD sources such as nuts, seeds and avocado.

If date syrup offends you, simply use whole dates in the recipe or omit them entirely for a tangy, delicious dressing.

seriousway said...

This looks good except I don't like dijon or mustard of any kind. What could be substituted for that to give it a different flavor?

Julieanna Hever MS, RD said...

Maybe balsamic vinegar???

Elissarward said...

What would be a typical day of food in your household? I am a wife and mother of four and am struggling with how to parlay all this information into real day to day life.

Hannah said...

How many whole dates for this recipe would you use if you didn't have date syrup?

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