Ah, that perfect Greek salad. Huge chunks of tomato just ripened and never refrigerated, slivers of red onion so sweet they make you cry, juicy cucumber slices, and that oh-so-salty and rich feta cheese. But wait, there's herbs. Oregano and a touch of black pepper and then a drizzle of oil to make it all come together. Primal Kitchen has bottled this experience in their Greek Dressing, made with avocado oil for freshness beyond belief. Go, run to the store and get some feta & veggies before you drool all over the keyboard.
When it comes to salad dressing, oil quality matters. Canola oil, the favorite for many years from the heart-healthy crowd, has been thoroughly shown to be less than ideal. Too much processing, too little connection to real food. So what's left in the veggie oil world are actually a trio of fruits: olive, coconut, and avocado. It is the latter that is under-appreciated for mellow flavor and wonderful versatility.
Primal Kitchen's Greek dressing is flavor on overload, balancing the punchy acid of both lemon juice and cider vinegar against herbs, spices, and delicate oil. Adding to the nutrient density is a shot of oregano essential oil, with ORAC levels through the roof. That means antioxidant power in spades.
Obviously this is phenomenal on a classic Greek salad, but there's much to love when drizzled over a Cobb with all that unctuous bleu cheese and hearty meat. It works just as well with any salad completely dominated by greens - kale, arugula, spinach, you name it. There's that famous massaged-kale salad that this dressing seems made for, especially if you add some chunks of avocado at the very end to sweeten the deal, and perhaps some dried cherries for extra antioxidant punch.
And yes, it works beyond the bowl of greens. How about a finishing sauce over some heirloom beans, or a marinade or last-minute topping for your favorite fish recipe? If it loves oregano, this bottle is your recipe's friend.
The first and major ingredient is avocado oil, pressed using a cold press process and then centrifuged for purity. Just how awesome is it? Avocado oil, like olive oil and hazelnut oil, contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol.
Avocado oil is notable for its fat composition, fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory in nature. It’s also notably high in Vitamin E and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids. In a recent study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil. That's right: this dressing makes your salad even healthier.
And then, there's the oregano essential oil: a powerhouse of antioxidants and perky flavor, to boot. It helps to propel this dressing out of the realm of just "good" into "super".
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"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What kinds of avocados are used?
Our avocados are sourced from handpicked, organically grown, premium Spanish avocados. We are working on obtaining our organic certification.
Why is this dressing so PERKY?
Herbs, man. No, not that kind. But oregano is used copiously in this blend, in dried form as well as the addition of oil of oregano, a potent antioxidant.