Blueberry Chia Salad Dressing

by Gena on August 29, 2013

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Sorry for the sparse posting this week, everyone! I’ve been juggling a bunch of work and also in New York, so I haven’t been near my kitchen as often as I’d like. I hope you’re all preparing for a nice holiday weekend.

What can I say about this recipe? It came to me sort of randomly. I was making a blueberry vinaigrette, and I remembered a goji chia dressing I’d once tried at a raw food restaurant. To put chia in salad dressing sounds a little zany, but it has the effect of thickening and adding texture to the dressing. And since I love the texture of chia, this didn’t sound like a bad thing at all.

I’m going to be totally honest: I really love this dressing, and I’m going to make it again often now, but I’m not sure how much the chia contributed. It was cool to find little bits of texture as I ate, don’t get me wrong, but was chia integral to the taste and overall effect of the dressing? Probably not. So, I’ve listed chia as an optional add in here. If you stir in the chia seeds, you’ll have a particularly thick and textured dressing. Check it out, below:

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Kinda cool, right?

This dressing is very simple. If you’d like to add some herbs, spices, or other flavors, go for it. I was surprised at how flavorful it is with no more than five ingredients, though. Sometimes, less is more.

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I served the dressing over a pretty salad of quinoa, raw zucchini and carrots, and arugula. I’ve been an arugula fiend all summer, and don’t want its season to end! Since I’m partial to sweet dressings, I love the way spicy, crunchy arugula contrasts with them.

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I hope you enjoy this unusual dressing. In the meantime, stay tuned for two easy vegan lunch ideas, coming tomorrow. Happy Thursday!

xo

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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped August 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

Chia seeds are awesome for making things like dressings thick without a bunch of “stuff” I love the blueberry idea for this!

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Anya @ SAS-does August 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

That dressing looks really yummy!
Adding chia seeds to the dressing could solve my problem of soggy salad leaves for lunch (I pack my salad in the morning and do not always think of bringing the dressing separately). Thank you for the idea!

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Ttrockwood September 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I used to have the same soggy salad problem but figured out how to fix it without seperate dressing!
In the tupperware/whatever put your dressing in on the bottom. Then layer the raw veggies like carrots/squash/whatever Then add salad greens ontop. The raw veg doesnt absorb the dressing and keeps it seperate from the greens.
At lunch just shakeshakeshakeshake the salad container and its all mixed!

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Christine (The Raw Project) August 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

This looks wonderful! I adore using chia seeds to thicken up dressings and smoothies, thanks!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This is easily going to be my new favorite dressing. Love all the flavors and clean ingredient list!

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Emma August 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Mmmm this looks fantastic. I love fruity dressings and made a blackberry one earlier this summer http://coconutandberries.com/2013/07/10/nectarine-salad-with-blackberry-dressing-basil-hazelnuts/
Thickened with chia seeds yours looks ideal for topping a heartier salad bowl with grains :)

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Sprout'd August 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Do you think ground flax seeds will be a good ingredient to thicken up salad dressings?

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Gena August 30, 2013 at 5:51 am

Yes! I’ve used flax before in dressings.

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

it’s almost too pretty to eat!! :D

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Cherry Williams August 30, 2013 at 1:15 am

Looks yummy and new to my taste bud. I’ll try looking for the ingredients here in our place. Thanks for sharing this.

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Suzanne @ hello, veggy! August 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

So simple! It might be nice with raspberries too, yum!

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Mary August 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Wow! making this for sure. Thanks so much. Looks amazing :)

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Dana August 31, 2013 at 12:29 am

I, too, will be making this. Tomorrow! A perfect refreshing salad during this heat wave we’re having here in southern cal. Eesh. Thanks so much Gena!

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Emily September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

Reminds me of the dressing on Blossoming Lotus’s massaged kale salad!

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Mandy September 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm

This looks fantastic! I’ve been looking for a new, refreshing dressing! Thank you!

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Lea September 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

This is an absolutely beautiful dish. I can’t wait to try this salad dressing, Thank you!!!

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Green Solution Collective September 2, 2013 at 2:55 am

Wow! That sauce really looks amazing. Is there any substitutes for blue berries?

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Gena September 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

Sure — any berry you like.

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Briana Collier September 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm

That dressing looks so delicious! I love berries :)

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Gena September 3, 2013 at 6:18 am

:-) Me too!

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kimmythevegan September 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

Chia dressing huh? I haven’t tried that yet? But it sounds so good =)

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nero September 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Pops has been telling me about chia for ages, good to see a recipe that’s making me want to get it in my kitchen!

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