Herb infused vinegars are a great substitute for store bought salad dressings and adding the health benefits of herbs into our diet. Vinegar also readily absorbs minerals from our mineral-rich herbs, making them a good food-based choice for getting our vitamins and minerals during the pandemic.
All you need is a glass jar and vinegar, preferable apple cider vinegar, and some kitchen herbs or herbs from the store or your garden. Using dried herbs will preserve the vinegar for longer. Fill your jar ¼ way with herbs, cover with vinegar, and place a piece of parchment paper between the lid before screwing on so your lid doesn’t rust. Shake once a day and allow to sit for at least 1-2 weeks. Strain and use as a salad dressing with avocado or olive oil! You can also take a few tablespoons per day in a small amount of water or add to soda water with lemon for a nice refreshing drink.
Mineral-rich herbs: stinging nettles, red clover, alfalfa, chickweed, oatstraw, dandelion leaf (bitter)
Kitchen herbs, foods, and spices: thyme, basil, oregano, garlic, onion, rosemary, turmeric, sage, caraway, fennel
Herbal Vinegar Recipe
- 2 cups vinegar (apple cider or distilled)
- ½ cup dried herbs (use ¼ cup flavorful spices and herbs and ¼ cup mineral rich herbs)