The other day, after looking at the ingredients of our “natural” salad dressings, I thought we may need to make our own. Maria loves lots of dressing, well, maybe we all do, but it can also be expensive. Well, I am happy to share we came up with something all plant based, healthy and delicious, better than anything you could pour out of a glass bottle. (Seriously! And just two, healthy ingredients)
We found a couple of beloved items in the fridge and tried them out, and it was a HUGE success. Not only did everyone love them, but the kids could use as much as they wanted, and us too, guilt free. Plus, it’s very versatile, I even gave it to my boys as veggie dip, and they gobbled them up, feeling so fancy and fresh with their huge amount of ‘dip.’ (Mwahaha)
So, here are the two ingredients:
One ripe mango, and two small cucumbers (Or one large one, I suppose) In our opinion, salad dressing is best sweet, and this dressing is so yummy and sweet, and the cucumbers with their high water content give it a good pour ability.
Cut the cucumber and mangos up, put in food processor or blender and mix for about a minute.
When you pour it on your salad, you feel a little indulgent, being able to cover each piece with this yummy, sweet, healthy stuff, which is a fun luxury–then you think–wait, this stuff is good for me!
We made pitas for dinner with grapes, chopped almonds, one tiny piece of chicken we pan fried and lettuce from the garden and a couple tomatoes. I honestly think it was the yummiest meal we’ve had. Everyone asked for seconds, so I have to go chop almonds again–because I wanted more, too.
Before dinner, I let the kids snack on left over veggies from Elijah’s party. The kids are always starving right before dinner, so I lay out veggies often and let them go for it. With this veggies tray, I had just chucked the dip that came with because the dairy was the least of our worries, but gave them some of the dressing to dip them in. They LOVED it, the mango is so sweet.
Not going to lie, we were pretty darn proud of ourselves! A new staple that makes you feel great!
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We need more ideas! What are your salad dressing recipes? We love making things ourselves because we don’t like creepy ingredients, and it’s so much cheaper. How often do you each salad, what is your favorite kind?
His face is so cute! And Maria’s huge smile, just cheered my day. That’s a great idea for a salad dressing. I usually just do olive oil & balsamic vinegar. I just guess at proportions but its mostly olive oil with a dash of balsamic, whisked up & poured over. But I’m not sure if its really child friendly, it might be too sour – you could probably add a little honey to sweeten it. I definitely don’t eat salad as much as I should at the moment, but our lettuces are just now getting to the right size to be picked so I’ll probably eat salad for lunch must days now til autumn. There’s nothing better than making salad from your garden! 🙂
I am making this mango dressing tonight –
Your pitas look lick ya lips delish!
I really wonder what this sauce tastes !
I usuaslly make over a liter of salad dressing, and put it in bottles…
1/3 vinegar of your choice
2/3 different kind of oils,
big soup spoon of mustard
perhaps a bit of sugar
and then I jus blend it all together.
niam ! 🙂
Yum! I’m making those pitas for dinner tomorrow. Quick question –
Did you put the mango dressing on the pitas, as well?
Yes, we coated the ingredients first, then added into the pita! Yum!
greetings.. from Indonesia 🙂
I’m going to have this for dinner, looks so fresh and delicious
i was wondering about the cucumber, should i peel off the skin first before i blend it in the processor?
thanks before 🙂
Hi Akiko! We are hoping to head your way later this year!
The skin of the cucumber is nutrient dense, so we leave it on. We have a high powered blender so you’d never know! Try it both ways and see what you prefer, although I’d recommend leaving it on if you can.
Take care ❤️
Your kids are growing up so fast! I’m going to have to try this dressing, with the addition of a half of a jalapeno or some chipotle peppers. Because we are just spicy like that.
Wow what an awesome recipe, I cant wait to try it 🙂