If you're anything like me you won't be able to pass up the incredible bounty of tree ripened fruits that are available at this time of year. In New England, apples and peaches are plentiful. Weekend apple picking means a week full of applicious eating. I've been dicing my red beauties and adding them to salads, oatmeal, smoothies, muffins... and salad dressing. Flavoring with whole foods is an adventure because moisture content/juiciness varies as well as sweetness/tartness. So, I can guarantee that your dressing won't taste just like mine... but it will taste great and recipes like this one give you license to play with your food! You need to taste and adjust and experiment. The dressings I'm sharing today showcase the beauty of whole food dressings. You'll get nutrients and healthy fats from the nuts and avocado, so additional oils aren't necessary -- the dressing will come together in a beautifully emulsified and creamy way.Dress salad greens and veggies or change it up and dress a cabbage slaw mixed with apples and serve over naked greens. Top with a sprinkling of pecans or walnuts and a tsp of chia seeds per serving for that boost of calcium. [caption id="attachment_484" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Harvest Salad with Apple Dijon Dressing"][/caption] Apple Dijon Dressing (yield 1+ cup, depending on size of your apple) 1 macintosh apple or other tart apple ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard ½ cup avocado 2 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp ginger, fresh 4 brazil nuts, optional 1 medool date, optional Combine all ingredients in Vitamix, other blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. If your apple is quite tart and you need to balance the dressing, adjust the flavor by adding a date and blending again. The brazil nuts add a hint of creaminess and a ton of selenium, but don’t really effect the flavor. Use them if you have them for that nutrient boost. Spicy Peach Dressing [caption id="attachment_485" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Apple Celery Cabbage and Carrot Slaw with Spicy Peach Dressing over romaine"][/caption] (yield 1+ cup, depending on size of your peach) 1 ripe peach, cut in half, pit removed ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup raw cashews 2 cloves garlic 2 Tbsp ginger, fresh 1 tsp Bragg’s Amino’s sriarcha, to taste, optional Combine all ingredients in Vitamix, other blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add ¼ cup of water, if necessary, to loosen the consistency of the dressing. Everything depends on the juiciness of the peach, so if the dressing is too thick just add that water and blend again. Spice up the dressing with sriarcha… I reserve a portion of dressing to toss with greens for my boys and then liven up the remaining dressing by starting with 1 tsp of sriarcha. If you’re not feeding kids or if you prefer things spicier, start with 1 tsp and taste, then adjust if you want more heat.
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