This is one of those recipes that ‘true’ health food eaters may turn up their nose at. So, yes, I’m going to tell you up front that this recipe is high in sugar. I generally use turbinado sugar, so the sweetness is still packaged with most of the nutrients it was meant to come with, but it’s still a lot of sugar. If you are accustomed to eating lots of unsweetened whole foods already you may want to cut back on the amount of sugar in this recipe, or skip it altogether.
Or, if you’d like, you could probably even substitute 2/3 cup of honey for the sugar in this recipe.
However, if you’re still trying to transition from processed foods, or need lots of variety to be able to enjoy greens on a regular basis, this salad dressing is for you. It’s sweet and tangy, but based on real foods instead of having msg or corn syrup or other weird chemicals.
I use my homemade fermented ketchup as the base for this recipe, and generally use fermented garlic cloves, so it has a dose of probiotics, too. And the flavor is strong enough to cover up the flavor of olive oil, which makes it a good way to get that particular healthy oil into my diet.
Healthiness rating: Kinda Healthy to Healthy
On it’s own this recipe could range from ‘mostly not bad for you’ to ‘actually good for you’ depending on what sweetener you choose and the quality of your ingredients, and of course its real strength is in nudging you toward eating more salads.
Yumminess rating: Yummy
It tastes like bottled French dressing, but without any weird chemical aftertaste.
(based on this recipe)
2/3 cup ketchup (preferably homemade)
1 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup olive oil (or oil of choice)
1 tsp pink himalyan salt
2 cloves garlic (fermented, if desired) OR 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup chopped onion OR 1 tsp onion powder
optional: 1 tsp paprika
Put all ingredients in blender. (If using powdered onion and garlic a mixer may work just as well.) Blend on high for about two minutes, or until garlic and onion are thoroughly blended and oil is fully emulsified.
Besides being served on salad, this dressing can be used as a dipping sauce for onion rings, or mixed with equal parts mayonnaise and dash of hot sauce for a sandwich sauce.