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Simple Vinaigrette Recipe for Albacore Tuna or Salad

March 23, 2016

One of the most challenging things about the GAPS and SCD diets is the inability to eat many salad dressings and condiments. You probably didn’t realize before how dependent you were on these tiny sauces for their full flavors!

Here’s a simple homemade recipe for a salad dressing or vinaigrette, that can be used on Albacore or other Tuna found in fish packs or cans, canned salmon, sardines, salads and wraps (wrapped with seaweed (if GAPS) or cooked dark greens or soft lettuce).


  • 1 TB sour (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar)
  • pinch salt and black pepper
  • dash dry mustard (optional) – provides sulfur that helps detox
  • herbs- 1/4-1/2 tsp dry, more if fresh herbs are used ( suggest: oregano, dill (a lot), cilantro, tarragon)
  • honey (optional) -1/8-1/4 tsp
  • Olive oil

Place all the ingredients except the oil into a large, dry bowl and mix them up. You will need to use a whisk in there, so plan bigger than you think. Put a no-slip mat or kitchen towel under your bowl, so it doesn’t spin when you whisk.

With the whisk and olive oil each in one had, start whisking, adding mere drops of olive oil at a time to start. This builds up the emulsion, to make the dressing thicker. As you go on, increase the amount of olive oil to a small stream. Stop after you have about 3-4 TB olive oil mixed in and taste the mixture. This might be difficult, as some of the salt and herbs may have sunk to the bottom.

Open the fish pouch and pour it in with the juices. (If using canned tuna, drain some/all of the liquid out first, then add the fish). Mix it well, taste and adjust the seasonings.

Does it need more sour? Then add more cider vinegar or lemon. Too plain? Add more herbs. I would suggest adding some GAPS diet/SCD Diet safe pickles or sauerkraut to the fish mixture. Some thick, juicy green or black olives are also a nice addition.


GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, from the book entitled the same by Dr. McBride.

SCD Diet stands for Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and was created by Dr. Haas, and publicized by Elaine Gottschall in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. 

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