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This balanced Rainbow Salad with Dilly Kefir Dressing with greens, protein, fats, seeds and fruit makes a great lunch or side dish for dinner.
Many of you will know that I just had a little baby girl 2 months ago. Eating a healthy, balanced diet was important during pregnancy. But I must say, it seems even more crucial now while breastfeeding. All of you expecting mothers out there - you will do well to remember this and plan ahead for when the time comes.
Very soon after Olivia was born, we learned about the benefits of probiotics (those are the healthy bacteria in our digestive system). Our doctor recommended to give her probiotic drops to encourage a healthy gut flora and get over newborn tummy issues.
Gut Health Is Important
However, probiotics also get passed on to the baby through breast milk. So it's a win-win when momma eats naturally fermented foods that are full of healthy, gut-friendly probiotics - good for mommy and baby (Disclaimer: This is just my personal opinion. Please consult your doctor for professional advise regarding your diet while pregnant/nursing).
Of course, I had to say yes when I was offered to try some Lifeway Kefir at a demo in our local Safeway store. Kefir is one of those naturally fermented foods full of probiotics.
Me and Kefir Share A Homeland
I have a strong connection with Kefir - after all, we share a birth place 😉 The origin of Kefir traces back to the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe. And I was born in Baksan, which is located in the Caucasus Mountain area.
But my family immigrated to Germany before I was 6 months old. So unfortunately, I cannot say that I have tasted Kefir in its birthplace.
Kefir Is A Unique Flavor Experience
My first encounter with Kefir was one hot summer in my childhood. Growing up, my sisters and I spent a lot of time with my aunt and grandma, especially during summer break. That summer, my aunt bought Kefir. She taught me and my sisters to drink it as a cooling, hydrating refreshment on those hot summer days. Yummo!
Kefir is very similar to yogurt, however, its active cultures give it a distinct, tart flavor with a tangy, sometimes even fizzy mouth feel. It's the live cultures creating CO2. I love this almost bubbly sensation on my tongue!
If you are new to Kefir and/or not as much of a tart flavor fan as me, Lifeway's Kefir smoothies are a great introduction. They are fruit flavored and lightly sweetened.
Simple and Delicious Kefir Salad Dressing
Available flavors, aside from the Original, are Peach, Strawberry and Blueberry. I loved them mixed with granola and fruit for a healthy start to the day.
But breakfast isn't the only time of day to incorporate Kefir into your meals. It is also perfect in this homemade, creamy dill salad dressing.
A balanced salad of greens, protein, fats, seeds and fruit paired with this Dilly Kefir Dressing makes a great lunch or side dish for dinner. Having a few perfect hard boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot on hand makes throwing this salad together a breeze!
Rainbow Salad with Dilly Kefir Dressing
- 3 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- 1 hard boiled egg sliced
- ½ avocado sliced
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes halved
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup Lifeway Original Kefir
- 1 tablespoon dill freshly chopped
- 1 teaspoon onion minced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- touch of cayenne pepper
- Place the chopped romaine on a large plate and arrange egg slices, avocado slices, pumpkin seeds and cherry tomato halves over top.
- To prepare the dressing whisk together sour cream and Kefir. Then stir in chopped dill, minced onion, Dijon mustard and spices to taste.
- The recipe makes enough dressing for more than one salad. So use only as much dressing as needed/desired.
How about you? Are you familiar with Kefir? If so, what's your favorite way to enjoy it?
Other Recipes You Might Enjoy
Check out these similar recipes!
- Avocado Corn Salad
- Tuscan Chicken Salad
- Creamy Crunchy Carrot Salad with Garlic
- Tomato and Onion Salad - Shakarob
To make a homemade dill salad dressing with kefir, you can combine fresh dill, kefir, a hint of garlic, lemon juice, and a touch of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. Blend the ingredients until smooth, and adjust the seasonings to taste.
While both kefir and yogurt are cultured dairy products, they have some differences. Kefir is known for its tart and sometimes slightly effervescent taste, owing to its fermentation process with kefir grains. It also contains a broader variety of probiotic strains compared to yogurt.
Yes, Lifeway Kefir can be used in various recipes other than salads. It can be incorporated into smoothies, used as a marinade for meats, added to baked goods like muffins or pancakes, or even enjoyed on its own as a refreshing drink. Its tangy flavor and probiotic content make it a versatile ingredient for a wide range of culinary creations.