Clean eating is a principle that features unprocessed, sustainably sourced and wholesome foods. But I like to take this principle another step by creating meals that actually make you feel “clean” after eating. Not heavier, fuller, and tired, but light, energized and refreshed. This lemon vinaigrette does just that. It gives a simple salad the right amount of tang and flavor that makes it delicious and satisfying yet with added nutritional benefits. Lemon juice aids in digestion by stimulating stomach acid and bile production. It also supports liver function, which helps you to detoxify. Plus, the vitamin C in lemons help to boost your immunity and promote healthy skin. Clean eating doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy, in fact, it’s often the simplest of recipes that become the favorites.
I love it with this arugula salad as I find it is the perfect offset the tangy bite of arugula and fennel. It’s also great drizzled over avocado toast.
A citrusy dressing perfect with arugula and fennel
Put this on chicken or fish, a dip for veggies or potatoes, or make this a base for your salad. You can’t go wrong with the creamy texture and flavor that the fresh herbs and garlic bring to this sauce. As you often hear me say, throw in any fresh herbs (a kitchen staple!) that you have on hand. Tarragon gives a subtle, savory twist. Rosemary creates earthiness. Basil, parsley, and dill for freshness and bite. Mix and match and don’t be shy. This sauce is the secret for turning an otherwise boring, say, chicken breast and potatoes dinner, into something much more!
This is my go-to salad dressing every summer. A handful of fresh herbs is all you need to transform your usual salad into something more creative, fresh, and satisfying. I make this differently every time, depending on which herbs I have on hand. I will give you the basic recipe, but feel free to add whichever herbs you have. You can’t screw it up, trust me!
Have you ever noticed how dark in color fresh herbs are? That’s because of their high concentration of phytonutrients. They are nutrient powerhouses in small form, packing more nutrition per ounce than it’s larger leafy green friends. They also have a wide-range of disease fighting properties. Here’s just a few things herbs can be helpful for:
Basil: The essential oils of basil have strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat digestive complaints, arthritis, appetite stimulation, and kidney support.
It’s spring….and there is nothing better than seeing the farmer’s markets opening again after the long, cold winter. New vegetables to choose from calls for new inspiration. And that’s exactly what I got from my chef brother-in-law who came up with this salad for one of our restaurants. Pure genius. And so, I’m passing along this little bit of inspired taste to your table…because you don’t have to be a genius chef like my brother in law to make this at home.
Everyone needs that one ‘go-to’ recipe to make a fast and delicious salad on the fly. This is mine. It’s a recipe that my French mother-in-law handed down to me, it is a typical French Vinaigrette. The first time I went to France, I fell in love with having a salad at the end of each meal because of this dressing. It cleansed the palate and ended the meal on a light, fresh note.