Is making an aloe salad dressing even a culinary possibility? Well, let’s evaluate the taste and find out. Is aloe vera sweet or savory? Seems like it should be an easy question, right? However, pinpointing the unique flavor of the jelly-like substance hidden between the leaves of the aloe plant can be tricky. It is more than meets the taste buds!
Because aloe gel is seen in dinner recipes as well as desserts, you might find yourself flip-flopping between the taste of the aloe plant (and therefore doubting its place on salads). But here’s how aloe can be in so many places in the food world at once: the pungent, bitter taste of pure aloe gel is often diluted and enhanced by other ingredients: it is a shape-shifter, absorbing the flavor of the foods around it.
Due to its versatile nature, aloe gel can be either sweet or savory–and thus perfect as the base for a salad dressing! You heard me right: that stuff you put on salads to give it a boost in the taste department can be made with aloe. And you can create a healthy salad dressing with aloe, at that! Next time you are digging through your fridge looking for that perfect complement to your lunch salad, forget all of them and make yourself some aloe salad dressing. You can maintain your healthy lifestyle by adding it to your lunch salads at the office, or serve it in the salad centerpiece of your family dinner to keep the whole crew happy and healthy!
Recipe #1: Fancy-Smancy Aloe Salad Dressing
If you are going the lengths to make your own aloe salad dressing, you might as well go all out. For that reason, I present to you a recipe that will tantalize your taste buds and transform your traditional salad–but it extremely experimental!
What You Will Need:
- agave syrup (you can try substituting it with honey)
- aloe gel
- citrus fruit juice (preferably lemon, but you can mix it up by trying lime or another fruit favorite)
- water or olive oil (give either a whirl!)
Combine, blend, and pour on your salad! Once you make your decisions and gather all the ingredients, it’s that’s simple!
Incorporate Aloe in Your Salad, Too! Just cube up aloe vera gel and throw it into your salad. You might want to soak your aloe gel in citrus juice (lime juice can give it a nice jing!) before tossing it in your salad, but the chunks of aloe will definitely add a new and unique texture to your salad! Go ahead, and try something new! You never know: you might love it!
Recipe #2: The Lazy Aloe Salad Dressing
Don’t want to spend the time or money in the supermarket picking up all the ingredients to make a kick-ass aloe salad dressing? You can make one that packs the same amount of punch by with just one purchase. Have I peaked your curiosity? Read on!
What You Will Need:
- a bottle of your favorite salad dressing, and
- aloe vera gel
Combine around both your favorite salad dressing with aloe vera gel. The ratio? Aim for around 1 cup of salad dressing to ever 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Then, all you have to do is blend that baby up!
Just when you thought a salad could not get healthier, you learn about aloe salad dressing!