Most of you know that I was recently diagnosed with several food allergies, one of which is causing some itchy rashes on my legs and arms. To really know which food is the issue, I have to quit all foods on the list for 3 months, and then re-introduce one by one to see how my body is adjusting.
One of those ‘foods’ is brewer’s yeast, which means no beer or wine and subsequently no vinegar! We eat a salad for lunch every single day of the week, so this was devastating news. It was very informative to watch my reactions to these new “restrictions.” The best part about restraints is the freedoms that arise within them!
So, I needed a salad dressing that tastes good without vinegar (very hard!). This creation, after some tweaks, is my new favorite dressing and I do not miss vinegar :). I will continue to play with variations with different herbs and will post soon.
Spicy Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
a pinch of chipotle powder/cayenne pepper (optional)
I usually coarse chop all non-liquid ingredients first. I used a food processor to continue chopping adding the liquids one by one. If you don’t have a food processor, just shaking a bottle or a jar should be sufficient. Happy salad eating!