3 Gut-Healthy Spring Salad Dressings

The best way to avoid that post-lunch food coma? Eat salads for lunch! 

With the weather beginning to warm and spring in full bloom, I find myself reaching for more fresh raw dishes, especially salads. By far one of the easiest ways to incorporate plant diversity into your diet, and science has shown us that the more types of plants you eat, the better your gut health.

If done right, salads are anything but boring - they can be totally drool-worthy. The key to a delicious salad is a great dressing, and these three will take your greens to the next level. They’re delicious and packed with gut healthy nutrients, and are gluten/dairy free + vegan. 


3-Minute Salad Dressing

This is my “I-have-no-time-but-I-need-a-dressing” recipe, it’s SO quick yet SO delicious. 

Ingredients: 

4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tbsp Vinegar (red wine or apple cider)

2 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses (or maple syrup, or honey)

1/4 tsp Salt 

Pinch of Black Pepper

Mix together and toss with your favorite salad greens for a quick, easy, and gut healthy salad option! 


Mediterranean Style Dressing

Ingredients: 

2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar 

2 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

4 tbsp Olive Oil

1 Garlic Clove, minced

Dash of Maple Syrup 

Whisk together and enjoy! 


Gut Healthy Kimchi 

1 Cup Kimchi

100g Silken Tofu 

2 tbsp Filtered Water

Juice of 1 Orange

1/4 tsp Sesame Oil

1 tbsp Miso

2 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses

Blend ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth, add to your favorite greens and enjoy!

 

 

Not heard of pomegranate molasses? They are frequently used in the middle east and becoming more popular in the west. Pomegranates are one of my favorite gut-healthy foods, high in antioxidants and polyphenols; studies have shown that they can improve blood flow, exercise performance, and healthy blood pressure/cholesterol levels. They are basically a powerhouse of nutrients! Pomegranate molasses is basically concentrated pomegranate juice - I like using it as a sweetener because of the added benefits of polyphenols, but if you don't have easy access to it, you can sub with maple syrup or honey.

Most molasses on the market are filled with added sugar, additives, and preservatives, so I use Molassity. They are the only organic California Pomegranate Molasses and are made with only 1 ingredient: Pomegranates! Their molasses is a great substitute for when pomegranates are out of season, and can be used in so many other recipes as well (Use the code Platefulhealth for 15% off)