Flax Farm Leafy Linseed Salad

Vegetable and salad ingredients growing in allotment.

Anti-inflammatory Ingedients

This salad contains lots of alkalising and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It is based on salad leaves with fruit, veggies and seeds all deliciously blended with plenty of herbs and spices and Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed oil.

Adaptable

You can make this salad your own; at Flax Farm we tend to just throw in the ingredients we have to hand. The important ingredients in this salad really are the linseed oil and leafy veg; the rest of recipe can be adapted to the ingredients you actually have in your fridge. So if there is something you don’t like or haven’t got just add a bit more of something else instead.

Flax Farm Simple (Omega-3) Linseed Vinaigrette

cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil

 Flax Farm Cold-Pressed Linseed (Flaxseed) Oil makes Delicious Salad Dressing

Our cold-pressed linseed oil has a lovely mild nutty flavour that is great on its own and goes well with other ingredients.  It makes a  lovely dressing with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I love using apple cider vinegar and really believe in its health properties; I find olive oil has too strong a flavour for ACV but our linseed oil and ACV work beautifully together.

Keep It Simple

Just Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil and lemon juice or vinegar of your choice drizzled over salad leaves is salad dressing. You don’t even have to mix them first! I usually don’t even add salt. Traditionally vinaigrette  is about three parts oil to one part vinegar or lemon juice but with the linseed oil I often use them fifty-fifty especially when there are lots of other ingredients.

Dress it Up

Add in other seasoning and ingredients you fancy.  Start with a pinch of salt and pepper, then a pinch of dried herbs or handful of chopped fresh herbs. Try some sunflower seeds or chopped nuts.  Chopped tomatoes or red peppers and/or chillies adds colour and flavour.  Special spices such as turmeric can be anti-inflammatory and herbs like dandelion or nettle  are alkalising but don’t overdo them as their flavour can be too powerful.  A clove of crushed garlic is great if you like it – don’t forget to let it rest for five minutes before adding to let the full health benefits develop. Then try anchovies, chopped gherkins (cornichons) and/or capers.

Blend with Other Oils

Our Linseed oil is great on its own but for a salad dressing with extra flavour try using it 50/50 with a really robust olive oil or try a few drops of walnut, hazelnut or toasted sesame seed oil to add a whole new dimension to your salad dressing.

Getting Enough Omega-3

When you use Flax Farm cold-pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil in salad dressing it’s easy; you know you are getting approximately 6 ml of omega-3 in every dessertspoon of oil you use.

Quick Linseed Pizza !

Linseed Pizza Free-from most things!

This pizza linseed Pizza is “free-from” most things but delicious. It is super healthy, I use little or no salt, it can be free from saturated fat and vegan, of course low GI, gluten-free and completely paleo. Everyone eats this as happily as the “real” thing seemingly oblivious to it being über healthy and free from. It is properly sustaining but not bloating like wheat based pizza and works better and tastier than bought pizza bases.

Flax crackers

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Perfect and easy recipe: Über healthy

I was given this recipe by a customer at Borough Market several years ago. Her version of it had no quantities but no matter how I made them they were perfectly delicious crackers every time.

  • Salt-free
  • Carb-free
  • Sugar-free
  • Low GI
  • Paleo
  • Rich in omega-3, fibre, protein and antioxidants

This is how my customer told me to make linseed crackers.

Simple, two ingredients

There are just two basic ingredients: Flax Farm ground linseed and water, plus mashed garlic or whatever else you fancy to vary the flavour.

The make it “by eye” recipe:

If you like garlic mash 2 garlic cloves and place in a mixing bowl; if you don’t like garlic proceed to next step.  Add some Flax Farm ground linseed, just some, about a mug-full or so.  Then add enough water to make a stiffish paste. Place the paste between two sheets of silicon paper and roll thin, take top silicon paper off and bake for about 10 mins until just leathery and beginning to colour but not brown, then turn over and remove the other sheet of silicon paper and bake for another 10 mins, then reduce temperature of oven to close to 100C and cook until dried out and crispy.

I have made this into a more accurate recipe below for those who like more precise quantities.

Raw

If you want to keep it raw simply put into a food dehydrator.

Absolutely irrisistable and delcious

We made these several times to sell on the Flax Farm market stall at Borough Market but every time we ate them all before we got them there, so we gave up and started giving out the recipe instead.

 

Romesco Sauce

Delicious, healthy & easy – and a no cook raw alternative

  • Saturated fat free
  • Rich in omega-3

Romesco sauce is quick and easy to make. It’s amazingly delicious and goes with almost everything, light meat, veggies and fish.  Nutritionally it is super-healthy, lots of the good stuff and no naughties so can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

Versatile

  • A sauce for meat, fish and veggies
  • A dip 
  • A filler for sandwiches
  • Great on toast
  • At least 2 of your 5 a day

Traditionally served with fish. It is also great with potatoes,cauliflower, tofu, or even simply cooked chicken, turkey or pork fillet.  It works just as well as a dip for fresh veggies or crackers. Also use as sandwich filling with salad.

Raw option

Chef’s tip:   You can make this sauce entirely raw and it is even easier. Just take all the ingredients, place in blender and whiz until a chunky not too smooth sauce.