I was planning to call this post “Is this salad dressing good for your skin” but then I changed my mind and decided to tell you instead about how this recipe changed my life. However, this salad dressing is also good for your skin! Few years back I was not very good at making salad dressings. I had tried many recipes, some I liked a little but many not. One day I thought, this is just silly, I like salad dressings when I eat somewhere else, surely I can make a good salad dressing. So I decided to google the best salad dressing and I stumbled upon a recipe by Ottolenghi, the famous Israeli cook. Not only did I find the best salad dressing recipe, it has actually had a profound effect on my life. I didn’t know Ottolenghi but started following him on Instagram and soon enough I was immersed in a great middle eastern food culture. One thing led to another and I started to follow NGOs dedicated to helping refugees. And that let to Beauty Gives Back, all because I wanted to make the best salad dressing!
- juice from half a lemon
- grated zest from half a lemon (organic)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tsp mustard (dijon)
- ½ dl (8 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Mix all the ingredients except the olive oil into a bowl. Add the oil little by little while whisking constantly. I often add a handful of basil leaves (or coriander or mint leaves) to this salad dressing and mix it together in a blender, that really takes it to the next level. I often don’t have organic lemons so then I don’t add the zest and it it still the best salad dressing ever!
This salad dressing is originally from Yotam Ottolenghi but I have changed the ratios slightly.
Anna Rósa is a medical herbalist and author of the bestselling book Icelandic Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. She is the founder of Anna Rósa Skincare and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in UK, which is the oldest herbalist institute in the world, founded in 1894.