I really, really, really wanted to make the original “Green Dragon Dressing” by Truth Calkins…truly I did. I watched his video about how to make it and because it had so many nutrient dense ingredients, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I was amazed by his extensive knowledge on nutrients and superfoods. I heart Truth Calkins!
Here is a description of the Green Dragon Dressing from the Longevity Warehouse website:
- Taste: Spicy, hot, salty, tangy, with a touch of sweet
- Beneficial For: Candida, Cleansing, Detoxification, and Increasing Circulation
- Suggested Usage: Add on top of fish, cooked veggies, quinoa, salad, or just about anything else!
On the same website, there is a handy link to buy the “Green Dragon Dressing Kit”. What?! How nice! Now I can just buy everything in one place.
As I clicked on the link, my mind was estimating the cost and I was preparing for around $50.00 for the kit. I almost fell on the floor when I pulled it up and the cost was $241.97. Yes, two HUNDRED. Forty one dollars. And 97 cents. AND IT WAS ON SALE!! Also, the kit doesn’t even include all of the ingredients to make the recipe.
While I totally agree 110% that the ingredients in the original Green Dragon Dressing Kit are some of the best superfoods known to man, the fact is, the average person can’t afford them – including me. If you are already eating raw or healthy, then you know how expensive superfoods can be. They are “super” foods, but they are also “super” expensive.
Unfortunately, I don’t have an extra $250 to spend on making a salad dressing, no matter how nutritious it is .
But I didn’t give up. The foundation of the recipe was relatively inexpensive and still very nutritious and healthy even without the added expensive superfoods. I took the basic ingredients, cilantro, olive oil, tamari, onion, jalapeno, apple cider vinegar and raw honey to make a Poor Man’s version of the “Green Dragon Dressing” recipe.
As Truth explains in his video, cilantro is good for detoxifying the body of heavy metals, yellow onions are high in sulfur and is a powerful antioxidant, apple cider vinegar is alkaline forming, detoxifies the joints, helps remove plaque and deposits from the cardiovascular system, cleans the kidneys, and is good for the lymphatic system. The olive oil has good omega fats and is a good antioxidant.
The ingredients that are missing from the original recipe that you can buy from Longevity Warehouse website are:
- Longevity Superfoods Chlorella Powder 250 grams – $23.97
- Synergy Company Klamath Blue Green Algae Crystals – $54.97
- UMAC Liquid Marine Phytoplankton – $39.97
- Omica Organics Super Ionic Fulvic Acid – $31.97
- David Wolfe Foods Raw Unfiltered Olive Oil – $49.97
- Longevity Superfoods Ashitaba Extract – $58.26
I have never tried the original version to be able to compare the two, but the Poor Man’s version was really, really good! It’s green, creamy, a little tangy, with a hint of sweetness and a hint of the tamari. It’s a perfect blend of flavors. I would bet the taste is the same as the original, but just doesn’t have the extra nutrients which probably didn’t add much in the way of flavor anyway.
It’s really quick and easy to make in a Vitamix and only takes a matter of minutes. I store my Green Dragon Dressing in a wide-mouth mason jar and they even make a BPA-pourable lid that is a perfect companion to the jars for storing homemade dressings.
Don’t worry if the dressing separates – it’s normal. In fact, it separates so quickly that if you look at the picture above, you can see the tamari settling at the bottom of the glass jar just in the little time it took me to take the photo! LOL! I just shake mine up before serving and it’s good to go.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to upgrade to the original version, but for now, I’m going to enjoy my Poor Man’s version .
You really should watch the video if you can, it has a lot of good information in it: http://www.longevitywarehouse.com/Articles.asp?ID=465
Where to Buy: If you have trouble finding any of the ingredients to make this recipe, you can order online from Amazon and have them delivered right to your door: