This recipe combines the flavors of olive oil and apple cider vinegar to provide a light, delicious, creamy, and tart dressing that is dairy free!
The flavor of this salad dressing takes me back to the many summers we spent at St. George Island, Florida with our dear family. My kids would play all day with their cousins bouncing back and forth from the pool to the ocean. The sun was hot and the days were long.
In the evenings we would all prepare a meal together. Shrimp, fish, or oysters and a big huge green salad. This dressing was on request as it is a favorite among us all.
Creamy yet dairy-free it has a nice tart flavor that pairs great with salads for the warm months of summer. Olive oil and apple cider vinegar provide a light tartness as mayonnaise is added to make it creamy. Herbs and garlic come together for a deep satisfying flavor.
Not only is this dressing delicious, but it is health promoting as well. However, not all apple cider vinegar is created equal. Make sure to buy a Apple cider vinegar is the key ingredient and not all are created equal. Make sure to buy a raw brand with the “mother” which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotic microbes. It should be unfiltered, unpasteurized, and cloudy as this is a sign that the friendly enzymes and bacteria that promote healing have not been removed. In addition, the raw garlic adds prebiotic microbes which are important as they feed and help gut friendly bacteria multiply. The mayonnaise added should be of great quality. Make sure if you purchase from a store that it contains healthy fat. If you can not find a healthy store-bought mayo, I suggest making it yourself. There are many easy recipes to follow. If you are interested in a probiotic rich mayo, see my recipes for Salty Kombucha Mayo or Homemade Mayonnaise (with live enzymes)
Creamy Apple Cider Salad Dressing
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp djion mustard
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp sea salt
In a pint sized jar, combine all the ingredients. Place a lid and shake really well. Let it sit for 15 minutes (make a salad perhaps) and shake again. Serve right away or store in the fridge.
Note: Olive oil becomes solid when cool. To warm the dressing before use, place the jar in a bowl of hot water until it warms slightly and shake well before serving.
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