Salt Craving Vinaigrette- Phase 1

fotolia_99512779Sometimes we crave something salty and some of us might crave salt all the time! Here’s a wonderfully simple way to enjoy a nice salty, tangy vinaigrette without the negative impacts of too much salt consumption and all the flavors you want for your salt craving. Better still, it’s raw and vegan! 

Vinaigrette with Salt                                             

  • 1 C. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • ½ C. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano

Vinaigrette without Salt

  • 1 C. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • ½ C. lemon, lime juice or raw coconut vinegar
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger or ginger juice
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. fresh basil, diced
  • 2 tsp. fresh oregano, diced
  • 2 tsp. fresh cilantro, diced

Place all ingredients into a bowl and whisk or place in a jar, put on lid and shake

Ingredients to Replace Salt

  • Citrus – lemon, lime. Orange, grapefruit and other citrus
  • Cayenne pepper, hot peppers
  • More fresh herbs, or dried herbs
  • Vinegars, preferably raw vegan like coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic and or onion, shallots
  • Celery/Celery juice (contains salt)
  • Nori and sea vegetables (contains salt)

Even though salt can improve the flavor of many foods, there’s a world of delicious alternatives, like:

  • Ginger – use a microplane to zest fresh peeled ginger into stir-fries, sauces, and marinades.
  • Citrus– the fresh juice and zest of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits adds a tangy zip to dressings, sauces, veggies, grilled meats, and many other dishes.
  • Black pepper– freshly ground pepper has a stronger smell and more intense flavor than pre-ground pepper.