Dairy Free Thousand Island Dressing

Not just for salads. Great on wraps and even taco salad!

This is a dressing that I just had to still include in the recipe section – even though I know it has a fair amount of sugar (from the ketchup) and the safflower mayonnaise tips the balance of omega’s more towards the omega 6’s (which we get enough of these days in vegetable oils and fried foods).

I make this a couple of times a year and use it sparingly. It’s a nice treat and better option than bottled dressing!

Dairy Free Thousand Island Dressing

Free of Dairy, Gluten, Nuts, Corn, Soy

Servings

makes 2.5 cups

Preparation Time

20 minutes

Cook time

none

Ingredients

*Use all organic and/or farm-raised ingredients.

1 1/3 cup Hain Safflower Mayonnaise This is currently my favorite for flavor and ‘good’ ingredients. While I love this recipe, I still use it in moderation as the safflower oil is high in omega 6 which throws off the balance of omegas needed for good health. I will update this recipe when I find an even better replacement.

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 – 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped fine (more for Earth-types)

2 Tablespoons Udo’s oil or flax seed oil (opt.)

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (Italian flat-leaf is best)

1 Tablespoon lemon juice concentrate

Cayenne to taste (dash)

Salt to taste (dash)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container.
  3. Chill.
  4. The flavors of this tangy, creamy dressing combine wonderfully over time!

Body-type and Wellness Insights

This recipe has it all and is relatively balanced for all Body-types.

The oily mayonnaise supports the Air-types needs of dense nutrition and the cayenne spice balances the coolness of the salad.

The spice is not too much for Fire-types, who are often attracted to pungent flavors. The natural cooling characteristics of most salad ingredients as well as the cool nature of this creamy dressing, keep this salad topping more balanced for Fire-types despite the bit of fiery cayenne in this recipe. Earth-types can enjoy this dressing, although they, more than the other types, need to practice moderation. The very creamy texture of this dressing is Earthy in nature, and, therefor is best used as a compliment to the dressing, rather than the main attraction.

If you feel that you are out-of-balance stick to the following salad ingredients for your Body-type characteristics:

Earth-types– Bitter, pungent (spicy) or dryer veggies help Earth-types. Examples are: dandelion greens, radicchio, arugula, green onion, radishes, sprouts, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and use moderately, if at all, the veggies suggested for Air-types below.

Fire-types– Sweet, sour, moist or cool veggies help Fire-types feel more balanced. These include romaine lettuce, spinach, baby greens, carrots, beets, cucumbers, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. Ingredients such as tomatoes and onions, (Fire-types, particularly when already imbalanced, are notorious for gravitating to foods that imbalance them even more) are best avoided when this person is out of balance.

Air-types– If an Air-type is already out-of-balance, lightly cooked veggies are more balancing than raw veggies, but if you are in a warm climate or in a summery season (an Earthy season which is naturally more balancing), a raw salad is very nutritious and can be made to be more balancing. Include sweet, juicy or dense ingredients like romaine lettuce, spinach, baby greens, mushrooms, carrots, beets, zucchini, hard-cooked eggs (include the yolk, which is is more dense and nutritious and balancing for the Air-type), nuts and seeds, and peas are some good examples. While cucumbers do fall under a number of the criterion, they have a cooling affect on the body and are best used when cooling and moistening affects are needed, as for Fire-types.

If you feel rather balanced, pile on a variety of ingredients and enjoy your balanced salad for your balanced being!

Learn more about Body-typing in the book,

You-niversal Self-care: Improved Health Through Self-Understanding. 

The foods, exercises and habits that help each Body-type feel more balanced and well.