Hien is a mother of two, founder of Zen Essence, cooks with love and passionately believes that a natural, low-tox lifestyle begins with a drop of essential oil.

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Loving the ‘crunch’ in a salad

Hands up if you love some ‘crunch’ in your salad? Of course, there’s so many different varieties of salads that you can make. I always look in the fridge to see what I could whip up, I check the garden to see what fruit and vegetables are growing and at the farmers markets or local shops, what ingredients are in season.

Some days you eat salad and go to the gym, some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on some pants. It’s called balance.

The more colourful your salad, the more nutrient and vitamin filled it is. If you’re ever keen to try essential oils in cooking, the easiest way to start is with your citrus essential oils. For example Lemon, Wild Orange and Grapefruit are all cold pressed from the rind to procure that essential oil. It’s intensity, purity and flavour is incredible. Not all essential oils are created equally, which is why I only use essential oils by doTERRA because of it’s purity.

If you’re thinking of whipping up a batch of vinegarette, use a mason jar or recycled pasta sauce jar (anything with a lid) so that you can shake it well to mix the ingredients! Remember, it’s a base recipe and you can tweak it to your taste buds anyway you like it! Be creative and enjoy experimenting to get the flavours you want. The same goes with your salad ingredients.

Oil-infused salad dressings

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 7 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4-6 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a mason jar, add all ingredients together and mix well.
2. Pour into the salad you've made and mix well.
I recommend only one brand of essential oils. Please do not use these tips if you are going to go out and buy the cheapest brands that you can find. When it comes to essential oils, you get what you pay for. There’s hardly any regulation on the essential oil market so you have to do your due diligence when purchasing oils. After research, I fell on doTERRA. DoTERRA holds themselves to the highest purity and safety standards on the market with ethical, fair trade and sustainability practices. The above base recipe works very well with citrus oils such as lime, lemon, wild orange, tangerine, kumquat, grapefruit, green mandarin, red mandarin and others.