Tasty Tuesdays – Lemon and Lime Dressing
Finding healthy alternatives to favourite foods is always fun. This straightforward lemon and lime dressing is refreshing and will enhance the flavours of most any salad. It can easily be bottled up and stored in the refrigerator for an extended period of time. If your taste buds favour something less sour, try adding a wee bit of honey or maple syrup.
- 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 lemons
- 1 lime
- salt & pepper
- In a jar combine the olive oil, fresh lemon and lime juice.
- Add a dash of salt and quite a bit of freshly ground black pepper.
- Shake well and use on a fresh salad.
- *If this is too sour for your taste try adding 1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup.
- The salad pictured here is a mix of red leaf lettuce, Belgian endive, radicchio and pine nuts.
In comparison to leading store bought salad dressings, this concoction has fewer calories, no cholesterol and a lesser amount of fat and sugar. Lemons and limes are exceptionally healthy and really warrant our praises. These beautifully coloured fruits contain an abundance of essential minerals and vitamins A, B, C and E (USDA, 2012). Aside from being a much healthier salad dressing option, these citrus fruits also have antibacterial, antioxidant and anticancer properties (Santos, et al., 2011). The high levels of vitamin C found in these fruits combat inflammation by neutralizing free radicals, while also contributing to a healthy and strong immune system (Pham-Huy, et al., 2005). As well, this water soluble vitamin improves heart health by decreasing the chances of a stroke (Cassidy, et al., 2012), and averting the development and advancement of atherosclerosis (Hu, et al., 2002). Researchers have discovered an interesting and possibly important compound found in citrus fruits called limonoids. These phytochemicals are highly absorbed by the body and are under investigation for their potential to prevent proliferation of cancer cells (Roy and Saraf, 2006). Interestingly, studies have also shown that lemon and lime juices stimulate digestion and assists with the prevention of kidney stones (Kumar, 2007). If this myriad of health benefits weren’t enough, keep in mind that lemons can be an excellent alternative to using harsh chemical cleaners. Before throwing those squeezed lemons into the compost consider using them to clean your sink! Please take a look at the upcoming post which shows you how to inexpensively and naturally clean your sink using baking soda and lemons.