Sacha Inchi Vinaigrette
This light and refreshing dressing transforms ordinary dishes into zesty and flavorful showstoppers! We love it tossed in salad, or drizzled on roasted chicken, roasted potatoes or wilted greens. You can also add a dash of maple syrup and then toss with a salad of chopped brussel sprouts and diced honeycrisp apples.
Why Sacha Inchi Oil?
We believe that food can be medicine, and one thing your body needs is omega-3s. Being rich in omega-3s, Sacha Inchi Oil makes a great addition to your everyday diet.
We must consume omega-3s, essential fatty acids, through our diet since our bodies cannot produce them. Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated. They include both omega-3s and omega-6s. Sacha Inchi contains one of the primary forms of omega-3s called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), found in plants. The other two forms are called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which are mainly found in oily fish and shellfish. Specifically, many associate DHA and EFA with multiple health benefits.
Where is it from?
The Amazon Rainforest is home to thousands of species of truly extraordinary plants. Many contain potent nutritional benefits and healing properties. One such plant is the Plukenetia volubilis, a tropical fruit that produces a seed known as sacha inchi or the Inca Nut. Native to South America and the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, this remarkable plant has been cultivated and used as food for thousands of years in the Amazon. These days, many consider it a superfood due to its abundance of tocopherols, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds, as well as healthy fats.
Once the fruit ripens, it dries on the plant and hardens into seeds which become edible when roasted. This produces a look and flavor similar to roasted nuts. The light golden oil produced from this nut has a flavor similar to sesame or almond oil, with a bit more zest! It makes delicious salad dressings, dips, and spreads. It’s wonderful when drizzled onto French or sourdough bread, and makes a great homemade, buttery spread when blended with equal amounts of softened butter. You can use it on its own or blended with other oils such as olive, sesame and avocado.
Check out this Asian Salad recipe that uses Sacha Inchi Oil.