Lemon Ginger Dressing—Add Some Zing to Your Salad
“Lemon Ginger Dressing” was written in collaboration with soon-to-be Registered Dietitian Alyssa Alyssa Maranges.
Simply delicious, this lemon ginger dressing can make your salad much tastier while delivering healthy nutrients.
Ginger delivers a zesty flavor, while the combination of the lemon with honey provides a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity that is sure to please your taste buds.
In addition to being delicious, this dressing is also very healthy for you.
Why Make Homemade Salad Dressings?
Homemade salad dressings are great because they are easy to make. Plus, you can control the ingredients!
A healthy diet is all about finding foods that you love and that are good for you. By taking control what you add to your dressings, it is easy to find the perfect balance for you.
Benefits of the Lemon-Ginger Dressing Ingredients
There are many health benefits to the ingredients in this dressing.
An excellent source of healthy fats, olive oil has numerous health benefits.
For one thing, olive oil has powerful antioxidants that can help you prevent and fight chronic disease.
It can also help reduce inflammation, protect against heart disease, fight Alzheimer’s disease, and treat inflammation-related diseases (like arthritis, for instance).
What’s more, olive oil is not associated with weight gain. The most shocking study was one among 7,000 people in Spain. In the context of the Mediterranean diet, researchers found that large consumption of olive oil was not associated with higher weight.
One important characteristic of healthy fats, such as olive oil, is that they add flavor to a meal while keeping you full for longer. Just remember to have moderation in all foods you eat, including the healthy ones.
Lemons add acidity or “tang” to the dressing while also providing a boost of vitamin C. This nutrient boosts the immune system and guards against the negative effects of free radicals (those elements that cause diseases like cancer).
Getting vitamin C from food has proven to be more effective for health than taking a supplement. Plus, it tastes much better!
Lemon juice can also help to detoxify the body and improve digestion.
Add extra zing to your salad using grated fresh ginger root. Ginger will add that kick to your salad and a new level of freshness.
This ingredient is not only delicious but is also a powerhouse for your health. Ginger has been used to aid in the treatment of a number of diseases, including:
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Digestive health (indigestion, constipation, and ulcers)
- Cardiovascular health
Ginger is also well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been used medicinally for centuries and continues to be a popular home remedy today.
A little bit of sweetness can go a long way, and honey is the perfect way to add it to this dressing. Honey can help you balance the acidity of the lemon ginger dressing.
Not only does honey provide sweetness, but it also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
Everything just tastes better with garlic! When you’re thinking about how much you want to add, be aware that raw garlic will add a strong, sharp taste to your salad dressing.
Eating raw garlic is great for immunity, heart health, blood sugar stability, and brain health.
Should I use ginger root or ginger powder?
For a salad dressing, the flavor you get from the actual fresh root is like no other.
What is the best way to store fresh ginger?
Store the ginger root in an air-tight, glass container.
Do I have to peel the ginger root?
Yes, the easiest way to do this is with either a peeler or a spoon.
Can I use lime instead of lemon?
Yes, if you only have limes go ahead and use them. I would recommend trying both and then choosing which one you prefer—the health benefits are more or less the same.
Do I need to use a whisk?
I recommend using a whisk as it helps thoroughly mix the ingredients more cohesively.
Another option is to shake it in a Mason jar.
How long does the dressing last?
The dressing should last about seven days if stored properly. The best way to store it is in the refrigerator in an airtight container. A Mason jar is your best option, but really any container that is sealed will do.
Remember that storing this salad dressing in the refrigerator will solidify the fat. So, take it out of the refrigerator 15 to 20 minutes before use.
How to Make -Lemon Ginger Dressing for Salads
Lemon Ginger Dressing for Salads
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a mason jar, shake, and serve!
- Store in the mason jar and refrigerate.
Looking for other healthy salads and salad dressings? Try these:
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Dr. Su-Nui Escobar is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Miami, FL. She is passionate about helping women over 40 live their best lives through healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Su-Nui is a doctor in clinical nutrition, able to translate complicated evidence-based science into practical advice. Su-Nui is the former spokesperson of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.