Herbal Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette

Yes,this lemon vinaigrette dressing is as bright as it is versatile. With just a change of fresh herbs; cilantro, parsley or mint —or a combination of several herbs, it will complement a range of salad ingredients. The key here is using fresh lemon juice and balancing it with a small amount of natural sweetener. Continue reading

Chia Fresca

Chia FrescaAlso known as Mexican Lemonade, Chia Fresca is simply lemon water with chia seeds and sweetener. This version is sugar-free and only ever so lightly sweetened with liquid stevia or maple syrup. Super refreshing, you can sip this all day long, keep hydrated and gain the nutritional benefits of the chia seeds. Winning.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chia gel or seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia or 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Simply combine all ingredients, shake, and you’re done. The seeds will settle to the bottle of the container. Shake intermittently if you want to keep the seeds in suspension. Just like a summer snow globe…

Chia Fresca Separated

NOTES:

How to Make and Use Chia Gel
Chia Seed Nutritional Information

 

Raw Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer Kale Salad“Eat more kale”. I wish it had been MY idea to print this clever slogan on T-shirts. But, at least I can live the slogan. This is my new favorite way for its flavor and ease. The lemon vinaigrette actually softens the raw kale, which usually requires a separate step.

My mother made this salad for me during a recent trip home to SeattIe. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that what seems a modern combination of flavors was not, inspired by her latest Food Network marathon. Rather, the credit actually goes to her mother. I hope you will enjoy Virgie’s Raw Kale Salad as much as I do. It is irresistibly light and zesty. It is also rates high on the convenience factor. Feel free to make it in advance, as it will not wilt as quickly as other salads. Great job grandma!  Serves 2-4. Continue reading

Ginger-Lemon Tea

Ginger Lemon TeaInspired by the ‘Good for Everything Tea’ at an organic, vegan restaurant in the East Village, this drink is a simple twist on classic ginger tea. It is a constant companion during my monthly detox, an illness or cold weather. I make a quart or more and sip on it all day. Served hot or cold, this drink provides an immune boost and helps clear nasal and lung congestion. The honey option will also help soothe a sore throat. Don’t be too cautious with the cayenne. This drink is not the same without it!  Serves 2-4.

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Raw Kale Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Tahini Lemon Kale Salad DressingFor detoxification, cancer-prevention and nutritional-density, kale is king! Juicing and steaming are common preparations. But, many people are hesitant to use it raw? Could there be such a thing as too much “crunch” in a salad? This simple and flavorful preparation changed my mind. The trick is letting the leaves soften before dressing and allowing the salad to “rest” before eating. Lacinato “dinosaur” or black kale work particularly well. Serves 2-4. Continue reading