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.
Cilantro: Is known in Europe as a helpful treatment for diabetes. Also a great at helping the body detoxify from heavy metals.
Parsley: Parsley contains a flavonoid called apigenin which has strong anticancer actions. It’s powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties has made it helpful in treating and preventing urinary tract infections, bad breath, arthritis, and heart disease.
Dill: One of my favorite herbs for dressings, dill is great for digestion, detoxifying, and reducing gas. It’s essential oils have also been shown to help with insomnia as the flavonoids stimulate calming hormones in our systems.
Make a batch of this for the week. You can also use this for marinating meat, or as a light sauce for fish or chicken.
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup parsely
- 4 basil leaves
- 3 dill fronds
- 4 sprigs of cilantro
- 4 tarragon leaves
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- Finely chop garlic and mix with salt
- Add red wine vinegar to garlic and salt mixture and let sit for 5 minutes up to 1 hour (this "cooks" the garlic a bit, reducing the bite)
- Chop fresh herbs and add to garlic mixture
- Whisk in olive oil and season to taste
- Be creative! Replace the basil for rosemary for a more savory dressing, or more cilantro for a zestier kick.