Salad kicks butt. Our loyalty to names like Cobb, Waldorf, crab Louie, chicken, Niçoise, Greek, and more is endless. Amazing dressing is a vital weapon in any salad addict's lunch arsenal. So, shake up this bottle of tart and tangy Honey Mustard from Primal Kitchen to make any salad quiver with anticipation, lettuce leaves spread wide to receive the paleo-friendly payload. Avocado oil forms the base, with lemon and mustard and a touch of honey merging into one perfect union with spices and salt. Brilliant.
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.
Here, avocado oil is used to great effect in Primal Kitchen's Honey Mustard dressing, balancing the punchy acid of both lemon juice and cider vinegar.
There's no stopping my use of this dressing for salads, from simple to already composed and hearty. It is the perfect foil for a rich Cobb or a dense pile of kale. More tangy than any other honey mustard I've tried, it effectively jump-starts your salivary glands into action. The heavy dose of mustard also makes this a slightly lighter dressing calorie-wise—if you're counting. It would make an amazing meat marinade, all those spices and acids working together to flavor and tenderize that chicken breast or piece of fish.
The first ingredient is avocado oil. Each batch is first 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, phytosterols and polyhydroxelated fatty alcohols, all of 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.
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"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 ZINGY?
Acid times three! Lemon juice contributes fruity tang, while apple cider vinegar shows up both within the natural mustard as well as a dressing ingredient. You can get much sassier than apple cider vinegar.