Do you mind that I ask you further questions:
1) For your green salad, what sauce do you make/use ?
In my unhealthy vegan days, I use to spray my salad with olive oil and add avocado - in addition to lemon and other natural condiments. Now, I am not sure how to eat my salad.
2) Can you find raisins without vegetable oils? Do I need to look harder?
I tried several dressing recipes before I found one that has the taste I love--some were very bland to me, and some were just...off. I love this one fmor the Nov 2009 newsletter (I highly recommend looking at every back issue of newsletter for the recipes and the articles!)http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2009nl/dec/recipes.htm
Perfect No-Oil Balsamic Dressing By Chad Sarno
Servings: makes about 1 ½ cups
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup shoyu or tamari (omit and add equivalent balsamic if avoiding sodium)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
Minced fresh herbs of choice (see hints below)
Combine all ingredients in a blender jar and process until thoroughly mixed.
Hints: Try a variety of fresh herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, chives, or use just one of your favorites. This will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.
If you don't care for balsamic dressing, use another vinegar or even lemon juice instead. I don't add any herbs--I love this just as it is. This is just a more elaborate version of the 3-2-1 dressing that many people use: 3 parts vinegar, 2 parts honey or other sweetener, 1 part mustard. (When I first saw this, I had to ask about vegan Worcestershire--I didn't know there were anchovies in regular W. Sauce!)
And on your second question--I use either the organic raisins from the bulk health food section of my store, or get Sunmaid organic raisins in a big box from Costco. The ingredient is just raisins. I'm always appalled when they add oil to the dried fruit--I had to give away a bag of dried cherries I bought without looking at the ingredients first! Boo!
I will now go to see your new thread!