Tomato Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe

If you like tomato sauce and vinegar, you will like this ‘tart’ salad dressing. Lately, my salads are a combination of baby arugula and spinach. I get organic spinach because it’s on the Dirty Dozen List.

‘Overall, this study provides support to the potential use of whole food, un-concentrated dietary nitrate found in natural, commonly consumed vegetables like spinach, as an effective way to aid in maintenance of cardiovascular health [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4525132/]’.

Here’s how I make my Tomato Balsamic Salad Dressing…

  •  I have these small Tupperware® containers
  •  Pour tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon
  •  Add powdered or salted garlic and also onion
  •  A shake of Italian seasoning
  •  Shake of pepper
  •  A little hot sauce
  •  Shake it up
  •  All this is by eye and taste
  •  You can’t make a mistake
  •  This is a ‘no oil’ salad dressing

I used to buy my salads in a bag. Granted, they were washed already, but I have thrown countless bags of salad away because it went bad. It has something to do with moisture. It gets that old smell, and you don’t want to eat it.

Precut Produce
Photo courtesy of Full Circle Market®

I have been buying my spinach and arugula in these see through plastic boxes. They seem to keep the contents dry and it lasts longer, although I don’t buy the baby kale because lately it seems it goes bad even in these see through boxes way too soon.

‘I have been very happy overall with Full Circle Market brands. They carry many products like coffee, too. I give them a five star rating’ ~ your author

Because of the Coronavirus, something must be different with the baby kale, I am not sure. I know I use a personal shopper these days so I don’t have to go to the store and expose myself to the potential virus. I cherry pick my produce, but for now I must leave that judgement in the hands of others. Sometimes, you can’t be too picky. I’d rather eat than not.

‘I add arugula and spinach to my fried potatoes in the morning and eat a salad made with these, maybe for lunch, maybe also for dinner’ ~ your author

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4525132/
Website Title Clinical nutrition research
Publication Month July
Publication Year 2015
Access Day 06
Access Month april
Access Year 2020
Article Title Effect of Spinach, a High Dietary Nitrate Source, on Arterial Stiffness and Related Hemodynamic Measures: A Randomized, Controlled Trial in Healthy Adults

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

 

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