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Pepper-Mint Dressing & Marinade

Posted Feb 28 2010 8:41pm
Today I thought I would share something simple. A salad dressing recipe made from fresh spearmint and black peppercorns. Hence the name, Pepper-Mint (not to be confused with peppermint). Use it on your favorite salad or use it to marinate chicken or fish. This dressing is vinegar-free and fits right into our guidelines for Phase 2 of the Elimination Diet .

Fresh spearmint can be found at your local food co-op or health food store (or growing wild in your garden if you didn't contain the roots like me)! We pulled most of the mint out of our garden last year because it was taking over. Though I do have a few plants creeping up in the herb garden right now.

Pepper-Mint Dressing & Marinade

This lemony, peppery, garlicky, minty salad dressing is fantastic (or shall I say addicting) over crisp romaine lettuce topped with toasted pine nuts, green onions, and shredded carrots. Use it during Phase 3 of the Elimination Diet to marinate cubed chicken. Marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator then saute. There are so many ways to use this dressing, I look forward to hearing your ideas too! Enjoy!

1/2 cup packed fresh spearmint leaves
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled
1 small shallot (optional)
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Add all ingredients except for olive oil to a blender. Blend on high until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the olive oil, blend on low speed until just incorporated. Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Bring to room temp before serving.

Note: I usually only use the shallot if I am using this recipe as a marinade for fish or chicken. It isn't really necessary for a salad dressing. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com


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