I've mentioned Julia here before, briefly; she is a breathtakingly gorgeous, accomplished, and compassionate Crossfit coach/healthcare professional/awesome lady-friend who deserves way more than a brief mention. Julia is the lifter I aspire to be; her form is impeccable and she is constantly fine tuning her lifts. Any time I feel frustrated Julia helps me calm down and tinker with whatever it is (hello there pull-ups, snatch, and dead lift) that is making me want to sob.
I've had Julia and her beau Jeremiah over a few times, and I always seem to be serving a salad that I've put almost absolutely everything in the fridge into. The best one I made them was a balsamic coleslaw with shredded veggies, dried fruit, and sliced nuts that Jeremiah fondly nicknamed "compost". Despite Jeremiah's mild loathing of the compost salad, Julia liked it enough that she's been making her variation on the balsamic almond butter dressing most days, and sent in pictures! Notice the tupperware full of paleo cupcakes in the background? I was lucky enough to be present at the dinner party where these were served, and they are the most divine dessert, "health"-food or not, I've ever had. Even wheat and sugar based cupcakes are usually a bit dry and mealy; these were moist, dense, and totally perfect. Who knew you could replicate butter-cream icing with coconut milk, cream, and maple syrup! I'm also mentioning this as part of a gentle maneuver aimed toward getting Julia to bake them with me sometime and share the recipe.
I'm super honoured and thrilled to present Julia's compost dressing!
Step one: assemble the ingredients; you'll want olive oil, balsamic vinegar, almond butter, salt, and pepper!
Step two: stir them together.
Julia's compost dressing
Makes 2 servings
- 1 T almond butter
- 2-3 T each of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil
- big pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
- Stir together!
You can use this to dress any sort of salad you make; if you add meat or eggs, you've got a meal! I love this as a 'slaw with lots of shredded carrot and cabbage and some raisins and sliced almonds. The great thing about coleslaw is that you can generally "dress" it ahead of time and take as a single-container packed lunch.