Chef Wendell: Summer garden salad and homemade ranch dressing

Chef Wendell cooks up a delicious and nutritious dish on August 6, 2016. (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – What you put into your body can make a world of difference. Making sure the food you ingest is nutritious is vitally important.

Just like plants, reach for the warm sun for nourishment and eat plant foods fed by the sun, earth, water to grow, flourish and bloom. Eating closer to earth provides your cells with the building blocks required to protect, refresh and rebuild.

Homemade Ranch Dressing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

1/2 cup nonfat organic yogurt or 1/3 cup non-fat Greek-style yogurt
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 tbs. Veganese grapeseed mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (Not garlic salt!)
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh chive or green onion
Himalayan salt

  • If you use plain yogurt, strain it in a strainer lined with a paper town and let drain for 20 minutes or overnight. (The leftover liquid is whey. Add it to your smoothie)
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

 Summer Salad

Green Beans, washed and trimmed
Basil leaves, stemmed
Oregano leaves, stemmed
Spinach, baby kale leaves
Arugula leaves
Cucumber slices
Beets, fresh, skinned and diced
Tomato from the vine, quartered
Crostini wedges
Boiled egg
Walnut pieces
White beans, drained
Micro-greens for garnish
Bleu cheese crumbles

  • Gather all ingredients and wash everything thoroughly to remove field residue.
  • Boil and peel egg; cut into quarters. Then drain and rinse beans.
  • Steam the stemmed green beans but leave some crunch! Shock them in an ice bath to preserve color.
  • Take heavy whole grain bread (like Ezekiel); butter it then bake it, cut it into triangles to make a crostini.
  • Place green goodies onto a platter, and then artfully arrange all of the ‘clean’ building blocks your body needs.

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