I'm dedicating this month's ReDux post less to the discussion of the recipe and more to the wonderful group of bloggers who are participating. When I first approached Deanna and Serena about launching the ReDux, we frankly did not know how many people would want to participate. We knew WE wanted to cook and blog about healthy recipes in a fun, community-connected group of like minded bloggers... but would anyone else?
The response has been amazing... and not just among the peer-circle of RDs that we already knew. With members who span the globe and come at the topic of healthy eating from all different angles, we all share a common goal - we want to eat healthy & we want it to taste great.
Honestly, I’ve grown so thankful for this group of bloggers who have already taught me so much in just a few short months... I've learned about one variety of cherries I had never heard of, a new way to code HTML in Excel, how to make LOTS of ice cream from bananas and much, much more. These bloggers inspire me to be a better, healthier cook, and I hope you lucky readers who stumble across our posts are inspired to make similar changes in your kitchens.
...and with that I introduce this month's topic courtesy of one of our "inaugural" bloggers - the very talented and social media savvy Danielle Omar from Food Confidence. Danielle suggested we dedicate a month to salad dressings. We thought this was a great idea and decided to take it a little further to include a host of dips, spreads, etc... basically any condiment that needs a ReDux. Whether you pour, dip, spread or smear, I hope you will enjoy them all. Thanks Danielle!
A citrus and soy-based sauce, Ponzu makes a wonderful dipping accompaniment for steamed dumplings, seared tofu, chicken or shrimp, edamame and is a wonderful way to dress up take-out or homemade sushi. Because this version combines less-sodium soy sauce with fresh citrus juice it‘s a great way to replace some of the sodium you’d otherwise be eating when dipping sushi in regular soy sauce. You can also add a little hoisin and peanut butter to make a thicker dressing, perfect for an Asian-inspired salad.
4 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 green onion, thinly sliced
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Please take a moment to jump over to these fellow ReDux blogs to see what they're stirring up this month (all links live by 12pm ET):
Carlene Helble @ Carlene's Figments - Roasted Eggplant Pepper Schmeer
Deanna Segrave-Daly @ Teaspoon of Spice - Sicilian Relish
Cherie Schetselaar @ Grain Crazy - Fry Sauce
Dr Barb @ Nutrition Budgeteer - Jalapeno Ranch Dressing is Versatile & Healthier
Elizabeth Jarrard @ Don't (White) Sugar-Coat it - Spicy Tahini Dressing
Kara Lydon @ Peace, Love, and Food - Edamame Hummus
Kat Lynch @ Eating The Week - Citrus Sesame Avocado Dressing
Emma Stirling @ The Scoop on Nutrition - Recipe Redux Kitchen Garden Salsa Verde
Emma Cutfield @ The Hearty Heart - Go-Go-Goji: Blood Building Salad Dressing
Lisa @ Healthful Sense - Sweet Peanut Sauce & Dressing
Danielle Omar @ Food Confidence RD - Recipe Redux: Your New Favorite Vinaigrette
Stephanie Howard @ Give Them Something Better - Creamy Garlic Feta Dressing
Nicole Ferring Holovach @ Whole Health RD - Maple Salad Dressing
Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian - Italian Vinaigrette Artichoke Dressing
Ann Dunaway Teh @ Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish - Thai Basil Peanut Pesto
Kristina @ Love and Zest - Spiced Pumpkin Dip
Meg @ Meg's Food Reality - Sweet Potato Hummus
Gretchen @ Kumquat - Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
Everyday Tastiness - Pistachio Butter
Alysa Bajenaru @ Inspired RD - How to Roast Garlic & a Recipe for Roasted Garlic Hummus
EA Stewart @ The Spicy RD - Creamy Triple Pepper and Kale Dip
Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex @ Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen - Garden-Fresh Tomato & Avocado Salsa
Jessica Fishman Levinson @ Nutritioulicious - Butternut Squash Cream Cheese Spread
Diane Welland @ Eat Well Eat Clean - Honeyed Fig Jam