Do you know what this is?
No, it’s not grub worms. This is fresh raw turmeric—nature’s own ibuprofen.
Ever slathered yellow mustard on a sandwich? Then you’ve had turmeric. Like curries? Yep, turmeric gives it the bright yellow color. Even the iconic Kraft Mac and Cheese now uses turmeric to enhance the intense cheesy color.
Turmeric is bright orange on the inside, with a knobby light brown skin. The flavor of the tuber is a little bitter, but with a subtle bite, like ginger, with hints of black pepper. Some people think it tastes a little like an orange.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which helps decrease the amount of harmful inflammatory chemicals in the body. If you’re dealing with any inflammatory conditions, like arthritis, fibromyalgia or other auto-immune issues, you need to add turmeric to your diet.
Turmeric also reduces bloating, helps reduce the pain of a sunburn and, some believe, it helps slow the aging process (WHAT??? Research needs to be done into that RIGHT NOW).
But here’s the thing: In order for your body to absorb the curcumin, the turmeric has to be combined with black pepper. Which is why black pepper is one of the ingredients in this easy Turmeric Vinaigrette.
I don’t peel my turmeric when I make the vinaigrette. I wash the turmeric, throw everything into the blender, pulse for 5 seconds and then let it rip until the mixture is smooth. Turmeric Vinaigrette is great on heavy greens like kale, and is wonderful when tossed on roasted Brussel Sprouts or other vegetables. I’ve even stirred it into tuna and chicken salads for a taste sensation!
Zesty Turmeric Dressing
prep: 20 minutes
makes: about 1¾ cup (14 servings, 2 tablespoons each)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
2 2-inch pieces fresh turmeric, grated (or 2 tablespoons ground)
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
let’s get to it…
Place all of the ingredients in a blender container with a tight-fitting lid.
Pulse ingredients until well blended. Serve as a salad dressing.
Nutrition Facts (2 tablespoons, serving size)