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Easy Tomato & Basil Dressing

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For someone who has been following a healthy low-carb diet for almost a decade, I have a big confession to make… leafy greens and I don’t get along.

I can tolerate or even like cooked spinach and kale (as long as they are properly seasoned), or mild crispy greens like romaine or iceberg, but I'm not a fan of raw dark leafy greens like rocket and watercress.

In fact, my absolute favourite is Greek Salad which contains no greens at all. All I do to let the flavours combine is to add a big glug of extra virgin olive oil.

On the other hand when I prepare salads that contain greens, using olive oil is simply not enough. Creamy dressings, herby vinaigrettes or even flavoured mayonnaise are ideal for leafy salads. Apart from making your greens more flavourful, they will help your body absorb all those fat-soluble vitamins from veggies. Recipes like Tuna Salad, Smoked Salmon & Avocado Salad or Easy Avocado & Egg Salad are just perfect when served with healthy high-fat dressings or mayonnaise.

I can't promise you will love dark leafy greens but you may be surprised how much of a difference dressings make! This Italian-style salad dressing is perfect with salads, fish, chicken or even meatballs.

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Nutritional values (per serving, 3 tbsp/ 45 ml)

Net carbs2.2 grams
Protein1 grams
Fat17 grams
Calories163 kcal

Calories from carbs 5%, protein 2%, fat 93%

Total carbs2.6 gramsFiber0.4 gramsSugars0.8 gramsSaturated fat3.6 gramsSodium81 mg(4% RDA)Magnesium8 mg(2% RDA)Potassium131 mg(7% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 1 1/3 cups)

  • 1/2 cup sour cream (115 g/ 4.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup paleo mayo (110 g/ 3.9 oz) - you can make your own mayo
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened tomato paste (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, drained (37 g/ 1.3 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (15 ml)
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Im a bowl, mix the sour cream, mayonnaise and tomato paste. Easy Tomato & Basil Dressing
  2. Add finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, basil and lemon juice. Mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Easy Tomato & Basil Dressing
  3. Transfer to a jar, seal and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Serve drizzled over salads, fish, chicken or meatballs. Easy Tomato & Basil Dressing

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 3 tbsp/ 45 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream, sour
0.8 g0.4 g3.2 g33 kcal
0.1 g0.2 g13 g117 kcal
Tomato purée (paste, unsweetened)
0.3 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil, drained)
0.9 g0.3 g0.7 g11 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 3 tbsp/ 45 ml
2.2 g1 g17 g163 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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