Need a new salad dressing idea? This versatile one is like nothing you’ve tasted before! And with fresh (or frozen) strawberries it’s a perfect compliment to a summer menu. It’s medley of flavors make any green salad liven right up, but goes especially well with arugula, beets and goat cheese. I can even imagine it in the middle of a cocktail shrimp ring. With it’s pretty pink color it’s also perfectly suited as a fruit salad topping.
Using lucuma creams this dressing right up, the chia seeds give it a nice texture with healthy fats and the coconut vinegar gives it that prefect tang. This is a staple to keep in the fridge so make a big batch : )
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 T powdered lucuma
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 T coconut sugar or nectar
- 1/8 t sea salt
- Blend all ingredients until smooth. Allow dressing to thicken before serving.
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) contains 11 grams of fiber, 1 gram of usable carbohydrate, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (of which 5 are ALA omega 3’s), 18% RDA of Calcium, 30% RDA Manganese, 30% RDA Magnesium and 27% RDA Phosphorous. At 101 calories per ounce this makes them one of the best foods for certain nutrients calorie for calorie. (1)
Strawberries are not really “berries”! They are a member of the rose family and are technically the enlarged receptacle of the flower. Regardless of that technicality they are still packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants known as polyphenols. They are among the top 20 fruits in their antioxidant capacity and 8 berries deliver more vitamin C than an orange. (2)
Sources for this article include: