Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dijon Date Dressing

I topped this

and this

with this

and although this

is my preferred way of getting my greens, I do try to eat salad, too.

Now seriously?

Who wants to come to a vegan blog and see lettuce leaves? You? Really? Okay.

Here is a salad dressing to top those lovely greens you are going to eat today. It is oil free. So now it is also guilt free.

Happy weight loss, and good feelings all around. Say goodbye to store-bought dressings filled with oil and preservatives.

Dijon Date Dressing
From Joel Fuhrman's, "Eat To Live"


Serves 4

1 cup water
1/3 cup raw cashew butter or 2/3 cup raw cashews
4 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons no-salt seasoning (I used Costco's no salt seasoning, and you could back off on this a little bit -- it's quite strong)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (again, you could go lighter on this)
4-6 dates, pitted
1-2 cloves garlic, minced


Blend all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.

(You could use other alternative sweeteners if you don't have dates, or if your blender struggles with these bad boys).

P.S. You may be curious as to what I put in the 2nd salad pictured above. You should be. It was delicious.

Here's what's in it

Spring mix
Broccoli and carrot slaw
Cilantro leaves

Pico de gallo
Black beans from a can, rinsed
Cucumber slices

1/2 Avocado, cubed
1 lime, juiced over top
Coarse ground black pepper

Topped with:
Hatch chile chip crumbles
Dijon date dressing (VERY lightly drizzled)

A trick with salads is that if you juice a lemon or lime over the top of it, then it adds zing and flavor and significantly reduces the amount of dressing you need to use to cover your salad, and it tastes so good and fresh, too!

There's a little southwest for ya...

And the first salad pictured above is zinged out (peppered and spiced up) by Daikon radish shreds, green onions, cilantro, and tomatoes...on spring mix.


Inspiring words from Dr. Joel Fuhrman:

"...Raw vegetable consumption showed the strongest protective effect against cancer of any beneficial food. However, fewer than one in a hundred Americans consumes enough calories from vegetation to ensure this defense."

"I tell my patients to put a big sign on their refrigerator that says, "THE SALAD IS THE MAIN DISH."

"The word SALAD here means any vegetable eaten, raw or uncooked...I encourage my patients to eat two huge salads a day, with the goal of consuming an entire head of romaine or other green lettuce daily. I suggest that you go and make the sign and tape it to your fridge now--and then come back. If you plan on doing it later, you may forget. If you learn but one practical habit from this book, let it be this one."

Feel inspired yet???


  1. going to print out Dijon Date dressing and try that one right away! I tried the dressing that goes with the Citrus Avocado Salad and it wasn't strong enough tang to it. Plus that one had olive oil in it. So not my favorite which means I have so much more to try until I find a favorite! I also bought all the ingredients to make Natalia Roses Raw Tahini dressing. This is the first week I bought a huge thing of spinach and between me and Brandon went through the entire thing!

    I am so happy that our local Harmons in Farmington UT has medjool dates and so many organic things. They have all the regular stuff and then all the things I need to adjust to my food allergies- it is the best of both worlds! I think people are discovering it more because the organic stuff goes the fastest! It is so hard for me to go any further like to Sunflower or Good earth and even then they don't have everything I need so then I have to go to 1-2 more stores.I just don't have the time for that or the energy. What a relief-Harmon's!

    1. Raw Tahini Dressing is my absolute favorite!! Whenever I can't possibly fathom eating another salad (happens every once in a while) I make Tahini dressing, and life tastes so good. I don't know what it is about that dressing (maybe it's the apple cider vinegar? My body seems to LOVE that stuff!!!) that makes me feel like super-woman and excited every taste-bud on my tongue! I hope you have an awesome experience with it, too!

  2. I believe in hanging signs and I believe in the power of words and seeing them over and over again. Will have to hang a salad sign-really helpful!

  3. Do those chips kind of taste like Dorito's with mexican seasoning?

  4. The words about salad being a main dish have really stuck with me, too. The chips are basically tortilla chips with a green chile/spicy coating. Mexican seasoning is a good way to describe it...

    Harmon's sounds awesome...vegan jealousy! I have to shop like at 3 different stores, plus Amazon. I just go to a different store every week.