Cucumber Spinach and Avocado Salad Dressing

December 12th, 2012 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Cucumber Spinach and Avocado Salad Dressing

You will absolutely fall in love with this healthy, delicious cucumber spinach and avocado salad dressing. Perfect for your vegetable trays, salads, or as a dip for your healthy snacks — not to mention that it is packed with amazing nutrients and flavor.

Great in salads, fresh juices, and by themselves, one of the most important health benefits of cucumbers is they do an excellent job in refreshing and hydrating the body, especially since they contain 95% water. There are many reasons to eat cucumbers all year long. Containing vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid the nutrient deficiencies which are widespread among people eating the Standard American diet. Caution: According to the Environmental Working Group, Cucumbers have been ranked in contaminated food lists due to their pesticide content. I highly recommend choosing organic cucumbers over conventionally grown varieties or grown your own.

RELATED: 22 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Some of the many health benefits of spinach include being high in niacin, zinc, protein, vitamins A, C, E, and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Spinach contains about 30% of soluble fiber, which can prevent your body from absorbing the fat and cholesterol that come with food. With a glycemic index of 15, spinach can be considered a perfect vegetable to help boost weight loss and even eliminate cellulite.

RELATED: 27 Exciting Health Benefits of Spinach

Most people are shocked to learn that avocado, also known as alligator pear, belongs to the fruit family. Avocados are an amazing superfood for many reasons, and research continually provides us with more and more avocado benefits every year. However, years of being scared away from fat-containing foods have caused many people and healthcare practitioners to overlook avocado benefits. In fact, many healthcare professionals tell their weight-loss clients to stay away from avocados. Today — thanks mostly to ongoing research concerning the risks of a low-fat diet — we understand that avocados offer important, healthy fats in addition to much-needed antioxidants, multiple trace minerals, and vitamins.

RELATED: Avocado Benefits – Amazing Superfood

Cucumber Spinach and Avocado Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

(Always use organic ingredients when available.)

½ C purified water
½ organic cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 C organic spinach
1 organic avocado (peeled)
½ C organic cilantro, parsley, or mint (or a combination)
¼ C organic scallions
2 cloves organic garlic
2 T organic lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
2 T organic cold-pressed olive oil (optional)
1 T nutritional yeast (optional; aka savory yeast)
½ tsp Himalayan salt (optional, or to taste)
1/2 tsp Pepper (optional, or to taste)

Instructions

Wash all vegetables thoroughly. Combine ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Place in bowl or jar. Cover and refrigerate all leftovers.

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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner, Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She studies and performs extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support, and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 20-year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta can relate to both sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner regarding health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is a Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace your doctor’s advice. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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