Overview

This is a handy, savory raw dressing that keeps in the fridge nicely for four. It tastes best on the second day, because it's a lot thicker and almost creamy.

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Throw it all in the blender and...blend!
  • 2. Keep blending 'til thoroughly mixed.
  • 3. Use right away or refrigerate.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

This is a handy, savory dressing that keeps in the fridge nicely for four or five days. It tastes best on the second day, because it's a lot thicker and almost creamy.

Beware: garlicky!

When not in a garlicky mood, I love to use a simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing. But when I'm in the mood for some zing, I go for this raw garlic salad dressing recipe.

I find that this is a versatile dressing that, in some ways, mimics a ceasar salad dressing (on day two and after, because it's thicker after having been refrigerated).

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is a good source of Vitamin E.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Vitamin K.

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This recipe is similar to a Lebanese family recipe that my grandparents have made for years. Its my FAVORITE!!!

The main spice they use is Za'ater, which I think goes perfectly with this salad dressing. I personally love to add a pinch or two of really hot chile powder (like habanero)!

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Hi LJ, can u pls address Dekkers comment below re Botulism?? I'd like to know if there is a major issue with combining raw garlic and oil.

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Is there any way to make something similar to this without oil in it?

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Dorothy's Review

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I made this for the first few days of a full body cleanse! The lemon was a bit tarter than I expected. I may try lime or a mix for the next batch! I'll post a photo under a separate comment (phone issues), if that's ok?!

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Photos are always welcome, Dorothy! :)

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I made this and fell in love! I have to make all my salad dressings due to health issues my diet is extremely limited. I crave salad because of this dressing. I love the tangy flavor the lemon provides and rich texture from the olive oi. So happy!

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Hi Natalie! I'm happy this suits your needs!

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healthgrrl's Review

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Super yummy dressing! The only oil I generally keep in the house is coconut oil which I didn't think would really work. So, I used a half cup of cashews and a half cup of water to replace the olive oil. The dressing turned out fantastic! Another great recipe from the Rawtarian. Thanks!!!

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So glad you liked it, Christine. Way to troubleshoot without the olive oil! Sounds like an interesting twist, actually. I might have to try your tweaks because they sound creative and wise. Glad to have you here with me!

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I love your site LJ and have shared it with others. About the botulism, I have been eating raw garlic with olive oil for many years now. I have never gotten botulism either.

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Glad to read that, Lori! Thanks for sharing

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Hi LJ, can u pls address Dekkers comment below re Botulism?? I'd like to know if there is a major issue with combining raw garlic and oil.

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Since there is an acid in the recipe (lemon juice) and since it's wisely kept refrigerated, there isn't much danger of botulism. It's best to use this within a week, and to thoroughly peel and clean the garlic. (Garlic itself isn't the culprit, it's really bacteria from the soil the garlic was grown in.)

http://theolivepress.com/news-blog/be-aware-of-the-risks-of-botulism-with-homemade-garlic-infused-oil#.VCmOhGddV8E

http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Botulism

http://umaine.edu/publications/4385e/

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Thank you, Sharon, for your comment & links.

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Hi Emmeline - I haven't experienced this problem myself

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Hello! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it :)

I added nutritional yeast and some water to the sauce, then tossed the sauce with lightly cooked beets, carrots, broccoli and brown rice, topped with avocado. It was absolutely delicious!!

If you're curious - I was inspired by Life Alive, a great vegetarian oasis and organic cafe http://lifealive.com (one of my all time favorite places).

Thanks again!
- Erin

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Is there any way to make something similar to this without oil in it?

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This recipe is similar to a Lebanese family recipe that my grandparents have made for years. Its my FAVORITE!!!

The main spice they use is Za'ater, which I think goes perfectly with this salad dressing. I personally love to add a pinch or two of really hot chile powder (like habanero)!

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I just wanted to let you know it is very dangerous to combine raw garlic with oil. There is a risk for botulism.

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I have tried a recipe similar to this with equal parts olive oil and lemon juice. Instead of adding the herbs I use dulse flakes. It gives it a little bit of a "fishy" flavoring like you have added anchovies. I find it somewhat mimics a Caesar dressing. Delicious!

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Mmm now there is an excellent idea! I love dulse. Fishy = yum! As long as it doesn't include real fish heehee

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I'm not sure if my story belongs on this comment thread, but here goes. You can move it if needed :)

To make a really long story super short, I have gone from your average American fast food eating, pill popping young adult to basically a hippie eating plants and seeing an acupuncturist and chiropractor. I am also a type 1 diabetic.

To make it a bit longer, In the past 6 months, through nutrition alone, I have gone from 5 pills a day to two, and cut out an injection of basically poison I was doing every two weeks. My insulin needs have gone down drastically as well.

Growing up I was an extremely picky eater. I ate bagels and cream cheese, fries, nuggets, burgers, pizza, etc etc. I didn't like anything green, and the only fruits and veggies I ate were apples and carrots, occasionally. Good ol' American youth diet, right? In high school I drank 4-6 sodas a day for a good amount of time, slurpees, Red Bull, you name it. I cut down on the caffeine for awhile, and then in college went back to it. I work in a very stressful, high paced, crazy schedule environment, and I thought the only way to get through was fast food and Red Bull. I was always tired, felt terrible, zero energy, and so on. I knew it was bad for me, but I didn't realize how detrimental it was, and it was fast and easy. I have always liked cooking, but didn't necessarily cook the healthiest foods.

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It had nothing to do with my eating habits, my type is an autoimmune disorder.

I was very active through this whole journey, raced mountain bikes, hiked, rock climbing, etc. So I was in pretty good shape, and then I tore the labrum in my hip. The labral tear was secondary to another hidden condition, and I had a pretty serious hip surgery that laid me out for quite some time. I stopped exercising and sat on the couch proverbially eating cheetos for 6 months. I got a bit back into physical activity, and promptly had to have shoulder surgery because I tore the labrum in my shoulder. Back to the couch. Then my wife left.

A little over a year ago, I started dating my current girlfriend, and shortly after we decided we needed to get in shape. We did P90X, Insanity, and started P90X2. We were following their high protien, low carb diet, and I felt OK, but I was still hungry all the time and still insatiable. I blamed the diabetes, and then 6 months ago watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". I realized that all of my problems may be stemming from malnourished cells, as I was eating "healthy", but was not getting nearly enough greens.

I did a three day juice fast, and that changed my life. I felt great, had energy, lost weight, wasn't hungry all the time, and cut down on my insulin needs. I started reading, watching documentaries, and learning. I started incorporating juice into my high protein, low carb diet. I did a few more juice fasts, cut down on animal products, and started eating more whole grains. Then I read "The China Study" a few months ago. I started transitioning to a plant based, whole grain diet, and then started learning more about raw. The last week in December, I went vegetarian and started uncooking more raw foods. I have more energy, many of my medical problems have either lessened or gone away completely, and I'm going full steam ahead with a plant based, partly raw diet. The most amazing thing, that made me a total believer, is I stopped taking insulin for 5 days. 5 days without insulin is unheard of for a type one diabetic, and none of my western doctors understand it. My acupuncturist and chiropractor are all about it though. I'm having a hard time getting rid of butter and Parmesan cheese, but besides that I don't really eat any animal foods.

I am traveling for work next week, and when I get home, I'm doing a 7 day raw food challenge. I want to see how it affects my health for the better!

I understand if this is too long of a post for comments on a salad dressing, and if you want to hear more of my story and fill in many of the holes I just glossed over, please email or facebook me, I'd love to talk to you further! You've been a big inspiration to me ;)

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What a great story to read (probably not so much to go thru tho) and I thank you for sharing. It's by way of our failures & mistakes that we achieve the greatest success!

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Congratulations. Thank you for sharing and thank you Rawtarian for letting this stay up on the site. :)

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<3 Awesome MH.

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Wow!! What a great story! I don't even know you, but I sure am proud of you. Keep up the good work, sir!

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Well, I love pears, so maybe you're the weird one! :)

And up until about 18 months ago, I only ate fries and chicken nuggets. Up until 6 months ago there were very few veggies, and now I'm trying to go almost all plant based and mostly raw. So maybe the vinegar love will come as my taste buds evolve....

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I am curious - what happened 18 months ago to set you on this journey, Mike?

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