The Perfect Dressing?
I'm a big believer in having a good handful of dressings up your sleeve. Just five will liven up one basic chicken salad into five little heavenly salads.
Most classic dressings work off the principle of two to three parts fat (olive oil, sesame oil, walnut oil etc) to one part sour (vinegar, lemon, lime etc). As we want each meal on the Louise Parker Method to contain a little dose of fat we actually want some good fat in your dressing. Depending on what you're actually dressing, determines how much fat you need to dress it with.
For example a higher fat protein such as feta in a salad calls for a lower fat dressing as you've already included all the fat you need.
A really low fat protein source such as lean chicken will mean you'll need to add one of our slightly higher fat dressings (containing at least half a tablespoon to a tablespoon of oil - check with your Louise Parker Dietician as it depends on your individual needs and what phase you're in - fat loss or lifestyle).
My Green Goddess not only has the most ridiculous 80's name but a ridiculously fabulous amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and Vitamin C. It takes 90 seconds to make (we LOVE quick and easy) and lasts a good few days in the fridge. Everyone loves it and it just transforms the most basic salad into something special.
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For the dressing
- 170g of 0% Greek Yoghurt (I love Fage)
- Juice of 2 lemons (try limes too)
- 2 tablespoons of good olive oil
- 2 cups of densely packed mint
- 2 cups of densely packed parsley
- 2 cups of densely packed basil
- 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt (I love Malden)
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
I use a Vitamix (they are scarily expensive but I use it twice daily and have done for years so for me it's probably one of my best kitchen investments - along with my Grohe taps but that's for another day!)
This recipe makes a big jug but you can half the portions of course. It's so low fat that you can be generous with your portion but you'll probably do well with 3-4 tablespoons per salad.
Simply combine all the ingredients and blend for 30 seconds. Once blended, add a good handful of chives, chopped finely with kitchen scissors.
Play around with the ingredients and don't be afraid to experiment. Protein and calcium rich Greek yoghurt and either lemons or limes make a beautiful base for zingy dressings and work gorgeously with mustards, tarragon or cumin and coriander. Let me know on Instagram or Twitter if you'd like some more dressing ideas or if you have any questions you'd like me to blog about. I'm here to help you transform your habits in any way I can.