Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Posted July 11, 2010

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How to dress your salads when you don't eat oil

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It's important to eat alot of fruits and veggies, especially fresh fruits and veggies.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to eat at least one large salad a day.  Rip Esselstyn calls it a "shock and awe salad" because those of us who eat these huge salads are looked at with shock and awe.

As you know, fresh produce is full of fiber and micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals.  And with vegetables weighing in at only about 100 calories a pound you can literally stuff yourself thin.

The problem occurs when we take an otherwise healthy salad and douse it with an unhealthy salad dressing make from oil.  Any oilAll oils weigh in at 4,000 calories a pound and have NO FIBER AND VIRTUALLY NO NUTRIENTS.  In a country where almost 75% of the population is either overweight or obese, the last thing we need to be consuming is a food that is calorically dense and nutrtionally poor.  (The same can be said for all processed sweeteners like ALL FORMS OF SUGAR, INCLUDING AGAVE).

The idea is to eat WHOLE FOODS as grown.  Eat the olives, not the olive oil.  Eat the flax seeds, not the flax oil. (you can get all your omegas from a tablespoon a day of ground flax seed if you're worried).  If you still believe that olive oil is a health food, understand that there is nothing magical in this artery clogging sludge that is not available from eating the olive, the whole food.  if you still don't believe that oil is a hurt food, not a health food, than google brachial artery torniquet test and see how even a single meal containing oil injures the epithelial lining of your cells.

I have never read one scientific journal that says we need ANY PROCESSED food in our diets, and all oils and all sugars are highly processed foods. 

"But it taste goods", you say.  Well, there are chefs out there that can show you how to make plant based food taste AS DELICIOUS, using ONLY WHOLE FOODS.

Chef Zel Allen, a fellow blogger on this site, is to salad dressing what I am to dessert.  Using only WHOLE FOODS and no oil or sugar she creates the most delectable salad dressing that I swear you would want to drink right out of the bottle.

I am honored that she is teaching a class on how to do this in my home in Sherman Oaks next Sunday, July 18th at 11:00am.  There are a few spaces left.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at

In the meantime, eat your salads but skip the oil.  (a little avocado and a squeeze of lemon or lime will satisfy your fat tooth).  You'll be in shock and awe when you see how much better you will look and feel without the processed oils.

Love & Kale,

Chef AJ


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Well said, AJ!! :-)

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