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Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

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I went out to dinner with some friends recently and had the best salad I’ve had in a while. It was really quite simple and hit that perfect spot with me.

The base was arugula, with grapefruit segments and very thinly sliced radishes. She was dressed for a party with something creamy and lemony. I had my choice of ahi tuna or grilled calamari. Both would have been good and I went with the calamari. Shrimp would be perfect, I think.

I am not so much of a lettuce fan, so usually focus on other ingredients. Often,  I forget about arugula. It is a dark leafy green so an important part of our daily diet, most importantly for the very high mineral and vitamin they contain. Arugula is a little bitter too. I love this article by Marc David about the importance of bitter. He mentions it assisting the gall bladder, aiding digestion in other ways, and works as an anti-inflammatory. So, arugula! lots of bang for the buck.

It is not quite grapefruit season. That happens in the winter but we’ve gotta break a rule now and then, right?

The creamy lemon dressing is not anything new by any means. The internet is loaded with recipes which are all pretty much the same. It’s hard for me to keep things simple ( as you regular recipe readers know) but this one I did.

Ingredients for the salad:

I spiraled some cucumber partly because I wanted something else, and unfortunately my arugula was getting a bit old.
sliced radishes ( If you are making a big salad, use your food processor)
grapefruit segments

Need some help with cutting the grapefruit ? Watch this. ( hint: the key is a SHARP knife)

ingredients for the dressing:
( I am sure I don’t have to tell you that I didn’t really measure)

1/2c. lemon juice
1/4c. your favorite olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
your choice of either one egg yolk ( only use farm fresh pasture raised eggs and eating raw yolk is not only ok but good for you!) or 1 big Tablespoon of sour cream or a Tablespoon of mayonnaise

Buzz those ingredients up in your blender. Taste and adjust seasonings. You might want some pepper or a different ratio of lemon to oil.


I mixed the greens and cucumber with the dressing, then added the other things on top because I was only making one small salad. For a family/crowd, just mix it all together. Add more dressing or pass it around.


Delicious, easy, really healthy!! What more could you want in a salad?

Let me know if you try it.

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