I find it fascinating how we as humans naturally go through phases of being drawn to certain foods at certain times of the year. Sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason to it. For an example, right now as I type this post, I am, for the first time in my life, completely and utterly obsessed with radishes. I’ve always liked radishes, but I’ve never loved them or craved them as I am right now. It’s a phase I’m going through. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but I am crushing about 2 – 3 cups of radishes per day because they just sound so incredibly appealing to me right now!
Is that weird?
If it is, I don’t care.
In the summer though, I think it is completely normal to be craving more veggies. Salads are something I always find myself craving in the summer months because they are so cooling, refreshing, and you can load up on all of the fresh produce from the local farmers market!
Lately, the type of salad I have been loving in particular is a nice big crunchy Greek salad. In fact, for my “special birthday meal” last month, I requested that I had grilled lamb along with a big Greek salad! Of course, this request was more of a statement because I was the one cooking and preparing this meal, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!
When I made this Greek salad for my birthday meal, I also made the best Greek salad dressing to go along with it! Ever since beginning to use essential oils over a year ago, I try to use them in my cooking as much as possible. There are so many benefits to cooking with your essential oils and one of my favourite things is that I no longer waste bunches of fresh herbs that I bought from the grocery store. I found that I would always use such a small portion of the bunch that I would buy and end up throwing the rest away (which I absolutely hate doing!), so I really enjoy that I am able to use just a drop or two of my essential oils in my cooking and not have to throw anything away!
This particular recipe requires just two drops of pure oregano essential oil for amazing flavour and health benefits. Not only does the oregano essential oil add the Greek flavour to this dressing, but I like to refer to oregano as nature’s antibiotic as it is a natural antibiotic and has been proven to be effective in fighting against bacterial and fungal infections, parasites, and viruses!
Of course, it’s important that you only use pure essential oils, especially when cooking with them or taking them internally. For more information about the oils I trust and use within my own home and private practice, read here.
- 1 cup high quality olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ⅓ cup raw/unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 drops pure oregano essential oil
- Sea salt and pepper, to taste
- In a glass jar with a lid, add all ingredients and shake until fully combined.
- Pour over salads, grilled veggies, or use as a marinade.