Tall, perennial lemongrass is a plant often used in Asian cuisine for soups, teas, curries, poultry, beef, and seafood. Its unique flavor combines subtle citrus with a pungent, smoky aroma that is perfectly suited for a host of your favorite dishes. Interestingly, the grass itself (including its faux form) makes for a charming centerpiece, so it’s possible to literally set the table with lemongrass in multiple ways! Bearing in mind the regenerating benefits of this essential oil, along with its healthy digestion-boosting capabilities, pull up a chair for Lemongrass to join you for dinner.
We begin a tantalizing kitchen recipe lineup with the most straightforward one, which will gorgeously dress your favorite spring salad. Be sure to only use an essential oil that is batch tested safe for internal use (note that most are not!). To make about one pint of refreshingly delicious Lemongrass Vinaigrette, you’ll need:
1/3 cup (41.5mL) extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup (93.75mL) apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup (41.5mL) honey mustard
1/4 cup (31.25mL) honey
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp (10mL) Dijon mustard
1 tsp (5mL) pepper
1/2 tsp (2.5mL) salt
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
2 drops Dill essential oil or 2 teaspoons (10mL) dried or 1Tablespoon (15mL) fresh
Mix all ingredients together in a quart-sized jar. Shake well and refrigerate overnight.
If you’re collecting recipes for your next make-and-take event, Lemongrass Vinaigrette is definitely a contender for the main attraction. Building on this theme, you might also create or look up recipes for other simple, healthy salad dressings to prepare as a group.
Those who haven’t already will likely meet a homemade recipe that tickles their taste buds while allowing them to skip the grocery store shelf full of preservative-laced dressings. Plus, it’s a great way to get more oily goodness into your daily diet! Explore other flavored vinaigrettes with your friends by incorporating the likes of Basil, Wild Orange, or Grapefruit.
One compelling reason to use Lemongrass in your culinary adventures is to enjoy that purifying and herbaceous aroma, which blends particularly well with Ginger. dōTERRA has masterfully woven together these two oils in this recipe for Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup, in which you can easily use Ginger oil in place of fresh ginger root. Up for a more involved recipe that will utilize your serious kitchen savvy in blending the flavors of these two powerful oils? Give savory Lemongrass Ginger Patties a whirl, adding in a tiny toothpick swirl of Turmeric oil (if you have it) in place of the dried turmeric.
So invite Lemongrass to join you at the table, and enjoy your time in the kitchen with loved ones and friends as you feast on these wonderful, healthful creations.