RECIPE: Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing

Crazy Good Salad Dressings, like this one, make salads gobble-worthy, even for the most wicked salad-haters.

This recipe was passed along to me by an old friend and medical school roommate–double doctor endorsement, so you know it’s good!  It’s from The Garden Grazer:


You thought you were just getting a salad dressing recipe?  Well, it’s gonna get a little heavy here at Rants, Rules and Recipes for a paragraph:

Most of the store bought-dressings—as well as MOST EVERYTHING ON GROCERY STORE SHELVES—have additives and preservatives in them.  “So what?  Big deal!” you say?  Well these dyes, additives and preservatives ARE KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER, obesity, behavior disorders, allergies, and diabetes. So keep gobbling them up if you like, I certainly did for years, and so far no major issues or tumors.  But I’m hoping to undo all the damage I’ve done, by being as good to my body as I can hence forward.

Now back to the recipe, which  makes about 3/4 cups

1 cup de-stemmed, roughly chopped, loosely packed cilantro

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 lime juice (the juice from 1/2 lime)

1-2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar

1/8 tsp salt

dash of cayenne pepper or small chopped jalepeno (optional)

Puree all ingredients together in a blender/food processor until smooth.  Have a taste and add what you think it needs.  Like maybe a southwest chopped salad.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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