There is nothing like garlic sizzling away in the pan to create a wonderfully aromatic kitchen. As much as I love the flavor of cooked garlic in many dishes, fresh garlic is also delicious, and even healthier. Many of the powerful nutrients are lost when garlic is overcooked which is why eating it fresh is much more beneficial.
One remedy I use when feeling a cold coming on is to swallow a clove of garlic in some raw honey. It always seems to help, but I'd much rather get tons of garlic in a flavorful meal than swallowed whole!
This Garlic Dressing recipe has a strong garlic taste but also smooth olive oil and herbs so that the garlic isn't too overpowering. It may be too intense for some people, in which case I would recommend adding more olive oil, or just using less of it on your salad.
If you are a garlic freak like I am, this is dressing you want for ANY salad! It would even be great as a marinade.
13 Surprising Benefits Of Garlic
Vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
Garlic contains high levels of manganese, calcium, vitamin B1, B6 and C, phosphorous, copper, potassium, selenium and tryptophan. With all this going for it, garlic boosts the immune system.
A natural antibiotic
Garlic has been called a natural antibiotic. It fights against bacteria and viruses associated with colds and flu. It may also be helpful in alleviating candida yeast conditions. There are many home remedies involving garlic, for various ailments including toothaches, coughs, earache, warts, congestion, and skin infections.
Garlic triggers the liver to release toxins from the body, while at the same time protecting the liver from harm. Garlic is great for clearing out and maintaining healthy lungs and stomach.
Garlic improves heart health in many ways. It thins the blood to diminish and protect against clots, allows iron to flow better through the body and opens up vessels. It protects the vessel walls as well. Studies have shown that it may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition, it protects against free radicals and acts as an anti-inflammatory for the heart, in addition to helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Chemical compounds in garlic are thought to assist in reducing inflammation associated with various forms of arthritis.
- 1 Head of Garlic, About 8-10 Cloves. Tone It Down If That Sounds like Too Much Garlic To Handle.
- Juice of 1 Lemon, About 1/4 Cup
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, or more Lemon Juice
- 3/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Fresh or Dried Herbs, I Used Basil & Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Stone Ground Mustard, Optional
- Dash of Salt & Pepper
Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend for 15-30 seconds or until desired consistency. It will become thicker, almost like a creamy dressing. There may also be a few chunks of garlic so blend longer if you'd rather not have a powerful garlic surprise in your salad! I kinda like it.
This is what I had in my salad.....
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