How to Make a Vinaigrette with Garlic – We all know that most store-bought dressings aren’t exactly the healthiest food items out there. Filled with refined-sugar, emulsifiers, and lots of empty calories, a store bought dressing can quickly diminish the health benefits of your salad.
Thankfully, making your own salad dressing from home is simple, easy, and much better for your health! Something as simple as keeping a mason jar filled with a batch of this tart and tangy Prebiotic-Rich No-Oil Vinaigrette Recipe with Garlic in your fridge at all times is an easy and tasty way to dress your salad and boost your prebiotic intake simultaneously. Let’s get into the details!
How to Make a Vinaigrette with Garlic
If you’ve ever wondered How to Make a Vinaigrette with Garlic from scratch, this is the recipe for you! Free from unnecessary and harmful additives and refined-sugars, this Homemade Salad Dressing is full of flavor, and health benefits!
While buying a store bought salad dressing is convenient, making dressing from home is a very low time and effort recipe as well! All you need is 8 ingredients, and 5 minutes of your time. With this, you can have a totally crave worthy salad dressing, full of plant based nutrients and prebiotics! Whip up a double batch and keep it in the fridge for the perfect easy way to finish off your salad.
By the way, we love our Pampered Chef Garlic press for $20 and use it all the time to add crushed garlic to so many different Clean Cuisine dishes. We also use it to add a hefty amount of garlic to the vinaigrette recipe below made with Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.
Earlier, we mentioned that this Vinaigrette with Garlic is loaded with prebiotics! While most people have heard of probiotics, prebiotics are a lot less frequently known or discussed. Quite simply, prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (mainly oligosaccharides and non-starch polysaccharides). These act by promoting the growth and/or activity of beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics are the soluble fiber that your gut can actually consume and utilize for many health-promoting purposes. Basically, you can think of prebiotics as “food” for your intestinal flora.
Also, since prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates, they potentially help with weight loss. Interestingly, in a Canadian study, subjects who took a daily dose of oligofructose (a prebiotic fiber) experienced reductions in blood glucose and insulin not seen in subjects who took a placebo. They also lost more than twice as much weight!
How to Get More Prebiotics
If you are eating from the Clean Cuisine anti-inflammatory diet pyramid and getting a wide variety of unrefined plant foods, then you should have no problem obtaining plenty of prebiotics in your diet. However, it still helps to be aware of where they can be found, and how you can increase your intake of them…
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar such as Bragg Organic is an excellent source of prebiotics. This tart and tangy condiment could even help with blood sugar levels; a 2007 study in Diabetes Care on diabetic human patients found that blood glucose levels were four to six percent lower in those who took two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed compared to those who didn’t.
The most common prebiotics are fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), inulin and galacto-oligosaccharides. However, pectin should also be included as it too has some prebiotic potential. These prebiotics are found in various unrefined plant foods such as raw garlic, leeks, onions, tomatoes, asparagus, wheat and bananas (note: prebiotics are also found in human breast milk.)
Prebiotics from plants are easy to incorporate in your diet on a daily basis. For example, having a banana smoothie for breakfast and tomato sauce with whole grain pasta for dinner could help you boost your prebiotic levels.
Eating garlic on a regular daily basis is another easy way to boost your consumption of prebiotics. It also helps enhance your body’s ability to detoxify itself and improve health in many other ways too.
Supplement with Prebiotics
In addition to getting prebiotics from your diet, you can also supplement with them. Some people may choose to supplement with prebiotics if they are traveling and unable to maintain their normal diet. If you are looking for a good prebiotic supplement, we particularly like Optiflora Prebiotic and Probiotic System.
More Ways to Use Vinaigrette with Garlic
While we traditionally use our Vinaigrette with Garlic on salad, there are also many other ways we’ve learned to love and enjoy this recipe! Here are just a few of the ways we use our Vinaigrette with Garlic on a regular basis…
- Fresh Veggie Dip: Raw veggies are an easy, nutrient-dense and healthy snack. And while delicious on their own, in our opinion, they’re 10 times better when dipped in our Vinaigrette with Garlic! A tasty and savory way to add some flavor to your raw vegetables, this dressing is one to keep on hand for many reasons!
- Plant Based Noodles: Instead of grabbing for your traditional tomato sauce, try our Vinaigrette with Garlic on top of your plant-based noodles! This dressing is great on zucchini noodles, bean or lentil noodles, or even gluten free noodles! This dressing is a great way to switch it up!
- Dip for Meat: This dressing is seriously a delicious dip for grilled chicken, steak, or even turkey,!this Vinaigrette with Garlic is a great alternative to sugar-filled dips!
More Healthy Salad Dressings
Making homemade salad dressings has become a regular part of our of meal prep routine. Here are just a few of the staple salad dressings in our fridges, that we simply can’t live without!
Vinaigrette Recipe with Balsamic: Whether you enjoy clean eating or not, you’ll love salad with our Homemade Vinaigrette Recipe Balsamic!
Recipe for Green Goddess Dressing: This Recipe is for salad lovers and haters alike! My Green Goddess Dressing Recipe is guaranteed to add a punch of flavor that tastes amazing!
Caesar Salad Dressing: Clean Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe is creamy and delicious. You won’t even believe that this homemade caesar dressing with no mayo.
Ready for the full recipe? Let’s get into it!
How to Make a Vinaigrette with Garlic
Here’s How to Make a Vinaigrette with Garlic, perfect for keeping in your fridge for an easy, healthy, and tasty way to dress your salad.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender, and process until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer to a mason jar and refrigerate.
Vinaigrette will keep for up to a week stored in the refrigerator.
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