Wonderful Walnut Lemon Dressing - Mary Caire MD
Mary Caire MD is a ground-breaking integrative medical doctor and leader in DNA-informed precision healthcare focusing on epigenetics. She empowers all to achieve optimal health and live their best life.
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Wonderful Walnut Lemon Dressing

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Wonderful Walnut Lemon Dressing

This walnut lemon dressing is a great alternative to store-bought salad dressings. There are just 6 whole-food, simple ingredients and 3 easy steps, so you can make this in just a few minutes. It’s a great time-saver. Plus, I love that this recipe uses an unprocessed, high-quality oil (nuts) and omits highly-refined oils which aren’t good for us.

Casa de Luz gets the credit for this dressing. Casa de Luz, which means house of light, is a restaurant in an enchanting setting in Austin, TX. The property also includes a garden, school and community meeting space. The restaurant is dedicated to organic, whole-food, plant-based cooking based on the principles of macrobiotics. I love to eat there when I visit friends in Austin and get nourished by the food as well as the beautiful people and surroundings.


1 cup lightly roasted walnuts
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
Pinch of real salt (I prefer Himalayan sea salt; it provides essential minerals that benefit the body)
3/4 cup pure, filtered water
Optional for a variation: add 2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped

To make:
Roast walnuts at 350 degrees until lightly browned. When cooled, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the Casa de Luz cookbook, which has many other recipes for dressings, main dishes, soups and desserts made without processed or refined sugar. You can purchase the cookbook online, on the Casa de Luz website.

Making nutritious food is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, our family and our friends.

I’d love to know your thoughts about this recipe, especially if  you make it. Share your ideas for variations or other nut/seed-based dressings with others by commenting below.

Here’s to your health and vitality!