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.
Serving size 3 tbsp/ 45 ml
Allergy information for Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Dressing
✔ Gluten free
✔ Nut free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
✔ Beef free
Nutritional values (per serving, 3 tbsp/ 45 ml)
Net carbs2.2 grams
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
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