Perk up your greens! (All low FODMAP salad dressing recipes)

I am not a big fan of store-bought salad dressing just because so many of them have unheard of ingredients and just don’t taste that great.  Many of my clients with sensitive stomachs can’t eat onion and garlic and they are staple ingredients in most dressings too.  So… I thought I would share some easy to whip up, tasty, and healthy (i.e. no artificial junk) dressings with you.  Don’t get me wrong, I grab a pre-made dressing on occasion, but home-made dressings truly tastes so….much better!

One of my favorite place in the whole wide world is Paris, France.  I love running on the Seine with the Eiffel tower in the background. I mean, really, who wouldn’t love that?  I also love the food in Paris, particularly the mustard-y dressing that is so simple and so tasty over baby salad greens.

Since I have been craving so much salad these days {post holiday sweets overload, I am sure}, I have been whipping up homemade dressing too.  To make a nice French style mustard vinaigrette, be sure to start with a good quality Dijon mustard.  When making this dressing, I use  Maille, Dijon Originale.

Simple Mustard-y Dressing:

1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar
2 tsp. fresh chives, chopped (traditional recipe calls for a shallot but for my FODMAP followers use chives)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard* best quality such as Maille
3T  olive oil-good quality, of course!

Mix salt, vinegar, and chives and let sit for a few minutes to infuse flavor.

Add mustard and olive oil and whisk to blend.

This dressing is great over baby salad greens but also tastes great mixed in with a pint of chopped cherry tomatoes.

I also am a BIG fan of this easy Asian dressing that tastes great over grilled chicken, rice noodles or lettuce greens.  Toasted sesame oil gives this dressing a nice flavor.

Along with Tamari, a naturally brewed soy sauce. I use the reduced sodium variety.  

Whisk it up and it is so yum!

Asian Sesame Soy Dressing:

1/3 cup peanut oil or olive oil

2 TB. sesame oil

3 TB rice wine vinegar

2 TB tamari (soy sauce), reduced sodium

2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

1/4 cup scallions, green part chopped

ground pepper

Whisk all the ingredients together and enjoy!

And here are a few more yummy dressing for you to try!

Orange Drizzle  Dressing:

This dressing is tangy and sweet.

Great over salad greens, mixed with a handful of orange sections and toasted walnuts.

(Dressing from my book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS, Alpha, 2010)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 TB orange juice

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 TB maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Whisk ingredients together and toss with greens.  Yum!

Poppy-seed dressing:

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1-2 TB red wine vinegar-to taste

2 TB  milk (lactose free for those with lactose intolerance, though this small amount should be tolerated by most)

1 TB poppy seeds

1-2 TB sugar (to taste)

Place all the ingredients in small glass jar with lid. Shake vigorously.  Enjoy over spinach salad with strawberries slices and toasted walnuts.

Try these yummy dressings made with real ingredients.  And do me a favor and take a look at some of those bottled dressings in the store or even your refrigerator!  If you don’t recognize the ingredients, perhaps, you should not be putting them in your body. Just saying’…