Love your salads more!

21 Jun
  

When in Rome do as the Romans do! One of the many legacies of ancient Rome is its unique cuisine. But you don’t need to be in Rome to start eating tasty healthy food. 

 

 

The Romans are popularly know for their use of olive oil. It is important not to confuse pure olive oil with regular vegetable oil.  Pure olive oil should have a deep green/yellow color and a rich, thick consistency. Olive oil is versatile in the kitchen – you can use it to cook with or to dress cold dishes. 

Instead of pre-bottled dressing for your salad, try using a simple mixture of olive oil and vinegar!

The nutritutional benefits of the olive oil are many. Balsamic vinegar is also very good for you and practically born to dress salad.  Red wine, white, cider or any other vinegar can also be used.  One bottle will last a long time because a little goes a long way.

On account of my Italian background, I have been using olive oil and vinegar to dress my salads all my life. It is no wonder that studies consistently show that Mediterranean countries are the healthiest in the world.  Substituting olive oil, a monounsaturated fat, for saturated fats or polyunsaturated fats can: 

  • REDUCE blood pressure
  • Inhibit the growth of some cancers
  • Benefit people at risk for or with diabetes
  • Lessen the severity of asthma and arthritis
  • Help your body maintain a lower weight
  • IMPROVE your skin (retains moisture)

Why not pre-made dressings?
They are HIGH in cost and calories, and usually fat (which clogs up your arteries), and all those bottles clog up your fridge too.

To use on your next salad, simply drizzle the olive oil then the vinegar over the salad lightly and toss.

Next time you’re eating out, ask for pure olive oil and vinegar.  Chances are they have some.

BON APPETIT!

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One Response to “Love your salads more!”

  1. William July 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    The ingredient list on pre-made salad dressings can get to be a bit scary! Some quality olive oil with some good balsamic vinegar (or just about any other type of vinegar) is very complementary to salads, I think. Very fresh without being overpowering and you know what goes into it! Throw in some dried herbs, some grated parmesan, some crumbled feta, or some pressed garlic, who needs more!?

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