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Healthy Dressing or Butter Substitute

This is a delicious blend I’ve been making for years. Depending on how thick or thin I make it, I use it as a dressing for salads, steamed veggies, pasta, etc. or as a spread for bread or toast on its own or in a sandwich. It’s savoury, so I don’t use it with sweet things like jams, or with nut butters, etc. For those kinds of things I just use straight coconut oil.

The basics:

Any kind of cold-pressed, organic oil such as flax, hemp, olive, coconut, etc.

Garlic – either powdered or fresh minced


Nutritional yeast

Other possible ingredients:

Kelp powder – this gives the dressing a thicker texture and is a yummy way of getting iodine.

Cayenne pepper

Black pepper

Mustard – either prepared or dry



Italian spices – rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, basil – fresh or dried


Maple syrup

Vinegar – any kind.

Sundried tomatoes  

Whatever you can think of!

Specific amounts of the various ingredients isn't really that important – just blend them to taste. If you like lots of garlic, then add lots; if you like it thicker, add more nutritional yeast and kelp; if you like spicy, add more cayenne; etc.

This is the blend I make most often as a dressing:

1 tbsp flax oil

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp kelp powder

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tsp Tamari

It is so easy to whip this up. Especially if using dried garlic and spices, you can put this together in about a minute and have a very healthy, nutritious, delicious spread or dressing. It’s a good way to eat your omega 3, 6, and 9 oils without having to take them straight or in gelatin capsules. You can make up a bigger amount and keep it handy in the fridge. Be sure not to heat this dressing as it destroys the fragile oils. It’s fine to add it to hot foods after they’ve been cooked though.

Be sure to keep track of your recipes if you create something you absolutely love and want to repeat!

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