2009 Contributed by Christine Gannage, Adaptations by Maraline
LEMON MINT WHIRL DRESSING w/garlic
This recipe is a longtime everyday dressing in Christine’s family, generational. Thanks so much, and everyone please enjoy!
So simple, yet a flavor difficult to describe, your taste buds and your nose will say French or maybe Lebanese, something exotic, but so purposeful and healthy, I can see how it becomes a staple dressing very quickly!
1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 med cloves of fresh garlic
Goodly handful of fresh mint (out of season 1 T. of more of dehydrated or dried)
1/2 tsp Real Salt, Celtic Salt, or Himalayan Salt
Cold Pressed Oil to liking (olive oil works great, as do others)
Blend (Tribest Personal Blender works great) or puree all ingredients, except oil, once emulsified add the oil slowly (pulsating) until you get the thickness of dressing you are prefer.
PS Christine uses 1/2 olive and 1/2 sunflower, it’s also good with a bit of Sesame Oil and a dollop of Tahini!
For a creamy version I add Veganaise *(dip or dressing) and as a change-up for a more exotic dressing I’ve made it with 1/4 c. whole fat coconut milk and coconut oil.
When I asked Christine how long this remained fresh, her comment back to me was “hmn, don’t know for sure, I make it every 5-7 days because it’s used up so quickly.”
* Important to mention, I have not tried to store it with the Veganaise, usually I will use standard recipe from the refrigerator, add the Veganaise to the portion I want, i.e., adding more Veganaise if I’m making a dip, and less for a creamy dressing or sauce.
–Maraline’s notes on storing: When I prepare this favorite and other dressings, I also add 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp of Living Clay to this recipe before pureeing. Living Clay is rich with minerals, tasteless, and a way to passively cleanse, but these are not the primary reasons why I add it. The primary reason is that Living Clay seems to keep the dressing emulsified much longer, meaning blending the lemon and oil together, holding it (like store-bought) for serving right out of your refrigerator door. Works like a charm! I also mix this up with different oils, some are mentioned in the body of the recipe.
So, there you go! Enjoy, let us know how you like it, and how you change it!