Use this dressing for salads, or to drizzle over steamed vegetables to liven them up. Its also great for knocking a cold or flu on the head. If you have some left over, store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge to avoid its delicate health-giving oils from being damaged. Keeps for a week in the fridge. Tamari is a naturally gluten-free soya sauce found in Asian shops and health stores, which also stock healthy cold-pressed (or “virgin”) nut and seed oils.
4 tbs extra virgin sesame, rape or sunflower oil
1 tbs (2 dsp) apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar or lemon juice
1 tsp tamari sauce (for SC diet substitute generous pinch Himalayan/sea salt)
1 dsp peeled, finely grated fresh root ginger
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Optional extras (health + flavour boosters):
I finely chopped red chilli
½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon freshly chopped coriander
1 dessertspoon sesame seeds
1. Place the basic dressing ingredients in a screw top jar.
2. Add an optional extra if using, shake well and drizzle over salad, a grilled chicken/fish fillet or steamed veg.
Why this recipe is good for you:
Extra virgin (cold-pressed) raw sesame, rape and sunflower oils are a great source of unrefined omega 6 fatty acids. These delicate and easily-damaged oils are essential for digestive health, skin and hormone balance as well as energy, weight management and immunity. Damaging, toxic, “-trans fats” are created when omega 6 oils are extracted from seeds/nuts at high temperature, when they are heat-treated for longer shelf life, or when they are fried. All non virgin (non cold-pressed) nut and seed oils contain toxic trans fats and belong in the bin. Beneficial omega 6 oils are found in (raw, unsalted) hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower and ground sesame seeds. Ginger, garlic, Chinese 5 spice and chillies are high in antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory, immune-supporting effects. Keep your precious omega 6 oils airtight in the fridge, otherwise they’ll go rancid quickly. GOOD FOOD GOES OFF! Other healthy oils include extra virgin olive, coconut, avocado which are all monounsaturated oils. This means they are not so easily damaged and so you can heat/cook them.