Two Make-Ahead Avocado Dressings

Two
Make-Ahead
Avocado
Dressings

These tasty dressings
can be refrigerated
for up to 3 days.

Lunch

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Avocado Vinaigrette

  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • A pinch of salt
  • Pepper to taste

    Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, very fine
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion

Avocado Vinaigrette

Makes 1 cup, about 16 Tablespoons

Cut avocado open in half and scoop out meat inside. In a blender, place all ingredients and mix well until smooth.

Drizzle the dressing along the sides of a salad bowl, toss in the salad greens, and mix with the dressing right before serving. This dressing can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


Creamy Avocado Dressing

Makes 1 cup, about 16 Tablespoons

Cut avocado open in half and scoop out meat inside.  In a blender, place all ingredients and mix well until smooth.

Spoon out the dressing into the bottom of salad bowl, toss in the salad greens, and mix gently with your hands right before serving.  This dressing can keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

 

Lime-Cilantro-Vinaigrette

Lime-Cilantro
Vinaigrette

Salads

This recipe is from The Culinary
Institute of America’s The Diabetes-
Friendly Kitchen cookbook
(2012, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

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INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ teaspoon arrowroot or cornstarch
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro

Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

MAKES 1 CUP

This vinaigrette is one of the favorites at The Culinary Institute of America and it’s easy to see why.  The classic combination of lime and cilantro will add a bright, fresh flavor to any dish.  It can be used in any salad or even with cooked vegetables.


1. Whisk the arrowroot with about 2 tablespoons of the broth to form a smooth paste.

2. In a small pot, bring the remaining broth to a boil and stir in the arrowroot paste. Return the mixture to a boil and stir constantly until the broth has thickened.

3. Remove the pot from the heat. Stir in the lime juice and agave syrup and cool completely.

4. Gradually whisk in the sesame and peanut oils. Season with the salt and add the cilantro.


Nutritional Information Per Tablespoon Serving:  Calories 32, Protein 0g,
Carbohydrates 0.5g, Fiber 0g, Total Fat 3.5 g, Saturated Fat 0.5 g,
Sodium 40 mg

 

Ginger Pomegranate Twist

Ginger
Pomegranate
Twist

Need an afternoon pick me up that doubles as a snack? Enjoy this refreshing drink and wait 15 minutes – you won’t feel like having a snack!

Drinks

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INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 and 1/3 cup cool filtered water
  • 1 and ½ tsp pure lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or ½ tsp stevia
  • 1 tbsp chia gel (see below)
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds (arils)
  • Ginger slice, about ¼ inch thick
  • Ice (optional)

    To make the chia gel:
  • Mix 1 tbsp of dry chia seeds with 9 tbsp of filtered water
  • Stir to prevent clumping
  • Wait 10 minutes for chia to gel
  • Put into a reseleable container and refrigerate

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Ginger Pomegranate Twist

Makes one 8-ounce glass of punch

Powerfully fruity pomegranate gets a light zing from the lime, while the ginger adds a kick of complexity. Chia seeds and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds add fiber and fight hunger.

DIRECTIONS

Simply combine all ingredients and stir for about thirty seconds to ensure that the sweetener is dissolved.

Cut your ginger root slice, and place it in your garlic press. Squeeze it over the pomegranate mixture and the ginger juice will begin to drip. Use about five to eight drops of ginger juice (or to taste).

Freely customize the fruit balance to your liking! Add more water or ice cubes for a milder drink.


NUTRITIONAL NOTES: The combination of fresh pomegranate seeds (arils) and chia seeds provides you with two kinds of fiber: the soluble fiber of the chia gel, plus the soluble and insoluble fiber of the pomegranate seeds.  Combined, they will help to keep you hydrated and feeling satisfied longer.  In addition, ginger benefits digestion and several compounds in pomegranate juice may help protect against diabetes. This delicious beverage also provides a little protein and a sprinkling of healthy omega-3 oils. Pomegranate-700-60

Recipe by Emily Morris at the MySeeds Chia Test Kitchen