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Use Flaxseed Salad Dressing to Perk Up Your Salads

Move over calorie-filled ranch dressing. There’s a new salad companion in town that promises to add healthy fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to your plate without sacrificing any flavor. It’s flaxseed salad dressing and it makes the most of the nutritional benefits of flaxseed. The small brown seeds, usually milled into a powder, add a mild nutty flavor to salads in a snap.

Nutritional Benefits of Using Flaxseeds

It’s amazing that such a tiny little seed can do much. This high-fiber seed is a healthy addition to your diet. Flaxseed aids in digestion, according to the Mayo Clinic. The seeds also lower cholesterol levels, which is known to decrease the risk of heart disease.

If you buy the seeds whole, use a coffee grinder to mill them into flax meal yourself. You should store the seeds in an airtight container to keep them fresh. The seeds keep for months in the refrigerator, so they’ll be ready every time you need them.

Adding Flax to Your Menu

Ground flaxseeds mix into just about anything you’re making or baking in the kitchen. Adding a small amount to dishes you already enjoy is an easy way to get this healthy seed into your diet. Try adding a teaspoon or two of flaxseeds to your

  • fruit smoothie,
  • bread batter,
  • bowl of oatmeal or grits,
  • batch of cookie dough,
  • breading for chicken or mushrooms, or
  • sandwich spread, such as mustard or hummus.

Flaxseeds are also processed into a rich oil that can be used in lieu of other oils when you cook. The oil contains the same healthy omega fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid as the seeds. However, the liquid form does not contain lignans, which are only found in the seeds, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lignans may help to reduce cancer.

Making a Flaxseed Salad Dressing

One of the easiest ways to add flaxseed to your diet is via salad dressing. Simply whip up a batch of your favorite salad topper and add ground flaxseed to the mix. If you don’t have a favorite dressing recipe, try one of these options:

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