You'll Want To Put This Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Salad Dressing On Everything
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the same old salad dressing. I’m not knocking the classic oil-and-vinegar combo, but sometimes you want a little something different but don’t want bottled dressings, with their long ingredients list of "I can’t even pronounce that." Instead, take five minutes to whip up your own.
This recipe boasts some anti-inflammatory foods and hits that magic sweet spot of sweet-savory-tangy that will have you wanting to enjoy it on all the things.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments and has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Miso, a savory paste made from fermented soybeans, boasts beneficial probiotic bacteria. There are several different varieties of miso, with red, yellow, and white being the most common. Each has its own distinct flavor. This recipe uses white miso, which has a mellow, savory flavor that will up the umami factor of whatever you add it to.
Lemon adds a refreshing zing of flavor and a powerful vitamin C boost, which is important to immune system function.
Olive oil has been studied for its anti-inflammatory benefits and is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Tahini is a sesame seed paste that provides a warm, nutty flavor. It’s another great source of healthy, unsaturated fat and also contains magnesium, which is essential to optimal health and a potent stress reliever.
This dressing will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, so feel free to make a bigger batch to enjoy all week long!
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Dressing
Makes ¾ cup
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoons white miso paste
- juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup tahini
- Whisk together ingredients until well-combined.
- To serve, toss dressing with salad; use as a marinade for chicken, fish, or tofu; or use as a dip for vegetables. It’s also wonderful drizzled over hummus.
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