The good healthy fats in the dressing that accompany the salad are amazing at not only reducing inflammation within the body but also aids in speeding up the metabolism. It’s super easy to make, can be made Vegan (dressing has anchovies) and can be stored in the fridge for 2-3.
The health benefits of this dressing are brought about by the oils that are used to make it. The specific combination of flax and sesame oil provide this dressing with an amazing anti-inflammatory kick.
Flaxseed oil is an incredible source of omega 3 fatty acids, a good source of Vitamin B1, copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium and phosphorus. The oil is beneficial for skin health, the health and strength of the cardiovascular system, moreover by being amazing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents flax seeds are also great for aiding in combating cancer.
Sesame oil is a great source of calcium and copper, making it great for bone integrity, improving growth, development and healing. The inflammatory properties of sesame oil aids in reducing systemic swelling, inflammation and discomfort in joints.
Olive oil contains anti-inflammatory properties called oleocanthal. The oleocanthal in olive oil acts like ibuprofen in the body, affecting the same pathways. They both block cyclooxygenase enzymes in the prostaglandin-biosynthesis pathway which aids in reducing inflammation across the body.
- 1/4 cup flax oil
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
- pepper to taste
- 3 anchovies or 1/2 tsp of salt for a vegan option
- 1 lemon juiced
- Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until well incorporated and slightly frothy
- This will make more dressing than you will need for the salad, so you can store the rest of it for later.
Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has been working as a nutritionist since 2013 and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.