Salad Dressing Without Fear (Day 11, Year 2)

Author's Note: The following is a slightly anxiety-laced blog entry with a salad dressing recipe. ENJOY with tequila or herbal tea. 

I am desperately trying to stop thinking and talking about COVID (note: I typed this while humming "We don't talk about Bruno-no-no-no). I cannot believe that we had COVID. I cannot believe that we are still recovering from it all. I cannot believe any of it. 

But, on a very bright, note, my weird vinegar-smells-like-poison-gas situation remains, but I've learned to lived with it and understand it is not a real reflection of what I am smelling. 

Which means, I can finally make salad dressing without fear and make my homemade salad dressing resolution a reality. (and the recipe is below!)

I know you are jump up and down over this news. 

I certainly am. It is the little things, friends, especially as we near the start of the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Oh look, there I am, talking about it again. 

Today, I've been up and down beside myself over it all. Yesterday, after I shared the cardiac risks of COVID-19, a few readers became upset with me for giving them anxiety (yes, I have readers! haha). And I get it, this is scary, but I think it is less scary when you are empowered with knowledge and can protect yourself.  I've also heard stories of questionable quarantining and confusing isolation rules and tests that should have been positive but were negative and all sorts of hysteria. And I cannot handle anyone calling COVID-19 "mild, like a bad cold." Even when you are mild, the symptoms and the general malaise is completely freaking bizarre. It is not normal. What other virus is "different for everyone" with a range of endless symptoms? I am still worried about my husband and myself and our children and our loved ones long term.

All of this has sent me over the edge and led me to collapse in bed at 7:45 pm for an hour and half fitful rage nap. 

We are never going to make it through this unless we all get our collective shit together and stop being scared and start being overwhelming honest with ourselves. Maybe I don't need to stop talking about COVID-19? I know I need to stop dressing my own life in anxiety. It's killing my happy-go-lucky vibe! But, I have no idea how! 

One thing I do know how to do is make kick-ass salad dressing! (I know I am jumping all over the place tonight.) 

As promised, here is my homemade salad dressing recipe for Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. I made it tonight to have with a southwestern themed kale salad (kale + black beans + corn + tomato + red onion + red pepper + queso fresco cheese crumbled on top) which was the accompaniment to chicken enchiladas with mole sauce.  

To make it, dump the following in a blender:

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

2 t. granulated onion powder

2 T. apple cider vinegar 

3 T. lime juice

1 T. honey

1/4 cup oil  canola, sunflower, vegetable whatever is mild and not overpowering)

1 t. oregano

Salt/Pepper--a sprinkle to taste

Then blend it up. I think it will keep in fridge for about a week before it becomes unappetizing. It was amazing on the kale salad and I think it will be amazing with some quinoa tomorrow for lunch! I also dipped at least 7 tortilla chips in it. (like to taste it for quality purposes!). I think a little cumin would be good blended in this dressing, too. I'll try that next go around. 

Alright, I am off to try not to obsess over COVID-19 and solving the global pandemic while watching bad TV.