I never was a huge salad dressing person, though I would eat a bit. But now I just drizzle a bit of olive oil and some vinegar on, or I put salsa on salad. Lemon or lime works for me too. For eating out, I always just ask for oil and vinegar and the restaurant almost always has it.
7/4/2013 8:42:56 PM
I was out of salad dressing the other day, so I added low fat cottage cheese. I didn't even miss the dressing. Now when I add dressing I drizzle about a teaspoon on, just enough for taste, not to hide the delicious veggies.
Here is another good one from a food trailer here in town...olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, minced garlic. I had it over a Kale salad...that consist of chopped up kale & purple cabbage, apple slices, avocado, chicken, sunflower seeds & topped w/ a little Asiago cheese (use a fine shaver like for cinnamon). It was sooo good! I also just had a great salad for lunch with salad greens, purple cabbage, carrots (matchstix), sliced strawberries, feta cheese, blueberries & chicken. It was sooooo good...w/ any type of light dressing.
The reason for salad dressing (with it's fat content) on salad is that the body needs fat in order to metabolize all the nutrients of the vegetables. So I usually try to mix a little olive oil with something interesting, balsamic vinegar, spicy brown mustard, etc
My friend from mexico made this for me awhile back and it was yummy. Take an avocado, 1 tbsp milk and a jalopeno pepper (for flavor) blend till creamy. You can adjust it to the thickness and spiciness you like.
Cottage cheese yes. Apple sauce - yech! I hate fruit in my salads.
I make a homemade dressing that I learned from my aunt while visiting her in France. Olive oil, vinegar, mustard to bind, a little salt and pepper. Yummy! I haven't bought Salad dressing since that time (1994). Sometimes, I substitute lemon juice and on occasion grapefruit juice.
My mom was diagnosed with gall bladder trouble and did not want to have an operation. She switched to lemon juice on the salad, hard candies for sweets, basically no fats. And wow, not only did she lose weight, but she never did need the operation.
I remember when Gov. Huckabee lost a lot of weight he said he used Salsa as a salad topping. For myself, I make my own to keep calories and sodium very low. It can be found in SP Recipes called "Dip, Potato Topping, or Salad Topping".
My take on salads did a complete 360 change a few years ago. I don't crave creamy dressings any more. I now instead use an Olive Oil Dressing or make my own using Olive Oil, Vinegar, Yellow Mustard, Salt & Pepper. I use to just "drench" my greens in dressing. And I soon realized, "Hey it's not a salad anymore". So what I do now is I spoon just 2TBS on to my salads and that enough. Sometimes, I'll have dressing on the side of my plate in a little bowl and I'll dip my fork in the dressing then have my greens. Salad is a complete meal by itself! :)
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