Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crazy Chia Seed Dressings? Crazy Good!

A few weeks ago, Debby, The Healthy Librarian, did a post about a new idea that she had: using Chia Seed as the thickener in salad dressings instead of nuts. Debby calls them "Crazy" dressings because the concept is so out there, so different, that she thinks it's crazy. But once word of these dressings gets out, no one is going to be calling them crazy.

So many of us are trying to limit the volume of nuts that we eat, either keeping it to an ounce or two per day (a la Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations) or eliminating most nuts altogether (a la Dr. Esselstyn's recommendations). And many, if not most, oil-free salad dressings contain either nuts in their whole form, or tahini, which is ground sesame seeds.

So of course I was intrigued by the idea of a dressing thickened by chia. It's not that chia is calorie or fat free, it's not. It's just that the fat that is in chia is the uber healthy and rare kind--omega 3.


My first go around was a bomb, but I wasn't giving up. This idea is too hot to ignore.

My second two attempts were outstanding, and I'm ready to share them with you.

Thanks Debby, for being a continual inspiration!


Crazy Asian Chia Seed Dressing

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1 cup Eden Extra Soy milk
1 1/2 Tbsp Chia seeds
1/4 cup mellow white miso
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1-3 Tbsp date or maple syrup, depending on desired sweetness

Tip: I keep a large piece of fresh ginger in a zip lock baggie in my freezer at all times. When I need fresh ginger, I just grab my micro plane and grate the frozen ginger into the dish I am making. It would be difficult to precisely measure the ginger that you are using, but it has never mattered. I just eyeball the amount. You don't even have to peel the ginger if it's organic.

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

Crazy Russian Chia Seed Dressing
adapted from a recipe in this post

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1 cup Eden Extra Soy milk
1 1/2 Tbsp Chia seeds
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard (or any mustard really)
1/2 tsp salt
10 drops Nu Naturals liquid Stevia or up to 1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 cup ketchup (a sugar free/natural ketchup-there are many now carried at Whole Foods)
1/4 cup pickle relish

Place all ingredients EXCEPT ketchup and relish into a blender and blend for one minute. Transfer to a bowl or jar and stir in ketchup and relish. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

What do you think? Are you going to give Crazy Chia Seed Dressings a try?  If you would like to view the comments section, please click on the title of this post (the orange text above).
 
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