Living and Thriving Gluten Free

Healthy & Gluten Free

Author:           Updated July 9, 2018

This is a gluten free rosy salad dressing made with fresh raspberries. It's great on a mixed greens salad, or on a fruit salad that also contains some extra raspberries.

Raspberry dressing in a little dish next to a fruit salad
Image by: Thora Toft

Prep time: 10 minutes Makes: 3/4 cup Difficulty: Easy

Gluten free Dairy free Egg free Grain free Soy free Vegan option

Use all organic ingredients, ensure any dried spices are labeled certified gluten free and ensure the raspberry vinegar is labeled gluten free. If you are using store bought Dijon mustard rather than making your own, ensure it's labeled gluten free.

Shopping Tips - what to look for to get the best gluten free, real ingredients for this recipe:

You will need to shop around, and read the labels to find one that doesn't have unnecessary additives. You can find both Raspberry vinegar, which will be some type of vinegar, with added fruit or fruit mash or fruit juice. Or you may find some Raspberry Wine vinegar. This is made with raspberry wine. Ideally you want to find one with only distilled fruit or fruit wine vinegar, water, and berries, berry mash or fruit juice. If there are other ingredients, keep looking.

They each have slightly different flavors, but for a salad dressing either is fine.

You can find some that are labeled gluten free. Legally, most vinegar is gluten free, as the whole protein is partially broken down. However, in practice, many people still react to vinegar. Malt vinegar is not gluten free, as it's prepared differently, and still contains the whole gluten protein.

Buy varieties that are naturally gluten free, such as apple cider, or cane sugar vinegar. To be sure, contact the manufacturer and inquire about how it's made.

Some people will react to Sulfites, which occur both naturally in wine making, and are added during the wine making process. If you are avoiding sulfites, you can also find some labeled sulfite free.

For additional reading on vinegar and sulfite, check out these 2 articles:

You want to find raw, unfiltered honey. It has many nutritional benefits over pasteurized and filtered honey.

The best place to buy it is directly from the bee farmers, either at their farm or at a farmer’s market. Sometimes smaller health food stores may carry it. There's limited regulations on the word raw, so often store bought raw honey won't actually be raw. You can hunt for a farmer who is located next to organic land or wild land, and it will be the least contaminated.

Raw unfiltered honey will not be crystal clear. It should be crystal like, and have small or tiny "floaties." These floaties are bee pollen, honeycomb bits, propolis, and even broken bee wing fragments. Some farmers will have some light filtering, which will be simply a course sieve. This will remove the wings, but leave in the smaller bits of pollen and propolis.

Over time, raw honey will solidify. You don't want it filtered, or heated, or treated, which completely removes any benefits of honey.

For additional reading on raw and unfiltered honey, check out these 3 articles:

You can make homemade Dijon Mustard here, on our site, that is gluten free (as well as other types of mustard).

If you are buying Dijon mustard, you will want to find some prepared without regular vinegar. Most white vinegar is made from gluten containing grains. Legally, most vinegar is gluten free, as the whole protein is partially broken down.

However, in practice, many people still react to these kinds of vinegars. Malt vinegar is not gluten free, as it's prepared differently, and still contains the whole gluten protein.

Buy varieties that contain naturally gluten free vinegar, such as apple cider, or cane sugar vinegar. To be sure, contact the manufacturer and inquire about how it's made.

Read the label to ensure it has no food additives, as many will cause stomach upset.

For additional reading on mustard, check out this article:

You want to find unrefined salt, with no additives. It should say unrefined on the label. If it is refined, it will simply say salt. Refined salt does not need to list the chemicals used in the refining process, but the word "refined" will tell you that something was used (and most are toxic).

Look for unrefined sea salt, Himalayan salt, or various gourmet hand crafted salt.

Good sea salt should be unrefined, and will not be pure white.

There is also Himalayan salt that many consider a healthy source of salt. It is generally unrefined. There is some debate as to the quality, and the exact makeup of the other minerals found in it. If you find a source of it you like, then go ahead and use it. It's largest benefit is that it does not have added chemicals, and has a wide range of other minerals. If you want the other minerals, then this is a good option.

There are a number of different gourmet salts that are hand crafted via evaporation that are nice quality. With some investigating, you can find very clean, uncontaminated sources.

For additional reading on salt, check out this article on our site:

You want to look for organic, extra virgin olive oil, with some sort of certification seal, such as NAOOA (The North American Olive Oil Association). It should be in a dark bottle, and will not be cheap. It should be used up within 2 years of harvest or bottling date. If it smells or tastes off, then try a different brand.

There has been some reported fraud cases of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the last decade.

When you dig into the actual facts of the claims, there is a big conflict of interest. The sponsors of the studies were actually olive oil producers who were really trying to promote their own products over their competitors. These studies have also not been able to be repeated.

There are some gaps in the current testing methods. There is no true way at the moment to test for 100% accuracy of high quality extra virgin olive oil.

However, there is some certification that will give you a higher chance of getting good quality oil, such as the NAOOA seal on the bottle.

For additional reading on olive oil, check out these 5 articles:

Fresh fruits and vegetables should be organic.

This reduces a number of toxic chemicals that can cause harm to humans. When you are required to eat gluten free, you will need to reduce all unnecessary stress on your stomach, so that it has a better chance of healing. Using organic fresh fruits and vegetables will go a long way to achieving this.

Each year a US report is created by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) listing the most and least pesticide contaminated common produce in the US. It is useful to know where to put your initial focus on what to buy organic and what can be lower on your priority list. I'd suggest that if a crop is not on the EWG "Clean 15" list on the below listed site, that you buy organic.

Consumer Reports has also published a report. They have a nice summary of residues on both conventional and organic produce. This is a good place to start if this is a new topic for you, and it gives good detail, but in a readable format.

They found that all organic produce has consistently been tested to show low or very low levels of residue. This can make you confident that organic is a good way to go. A link to their summary page on pesticide residues is linked below.

For anyone who really wants to dig into the full datasets of the EPA residue testing, they can find that at the bottom link below. This will include the most recent reported data.

Raspberries are not on the EWG "Clean 15" list (2018). They rank 23rd out of 48 for contamination. They should be purchased as organic.

Strawberries are listed as #1 on the EWG "Dirty Dozen" list (2018). They should be purchased as organic.

Scallions have not been tested by the EPA for pesticide residue. Since organic produce for other fruits and vegetables have consistently had less residue, you should buy only organic scallions.

Check out these 4 articles. The first 2 show this year's EWG report on pesticide contamination, and will be updated automatically based on the current year. The third article is the summary page for pesticide residue on produce, including conventional and organic, and domestic and imported. The fourth article is the direct link to the EPA residue testing site, where you can do further research:

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2 tablespoons Raspberry vinegar
1 Scallion, chopped
1 teaspoon Honey, raw and unfiltered
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Fresh raspberries
Substitutions and Notes:
  • Vegan: Instead of the honey, use a non animal based liquid sweetener, such as agave or maple syrup.
  • Add the vinegar, scallion, honey, Dijon mustard, and sea salt to a blender and blend. Slowly add the olive oil. Add the fresh raspberries and pulse to combine.

Serve on a mixed greens salad, or a fruit salad that includes more fresh raspberries.

Tangy Strawberry Dressing
Raspberry dressing in a little dish next to a fruit salad
Image by: Thora Toft
  • Use strawberries, blackberries, or black raspberries in place of the raspberries.
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