We all look at salad as the best meal to consume when it comes to watching our weight. You can add meats, cheese, vegetables, and even fruits. The possibilities are endless. This also includes dressings. However, this is where the idea of a healthy meal can become worse than eating fast food. Creamy salad dressings, as well as oil-based dressings, contain tons of saturated fats and a large amount of calories. Many people disregard the serving size of salad dressing, which is generally 1-2 tablespoons, and end up putting on globs and globs of dressing. What they think is a nutritious meal, is not at all.
Since salad is one of my favorite foods, I’ve discovered a few ways to enjoy it with dressings that won’t increase your waistline and are just as delicious as creamy dressings! Give these dressing options a try next time you eat those leafy greens. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much flavor it adds without the calories and fat!
The first option and always one of my favorite go-tos is balsamic vinaigrette. I always have a bottle of this in my pantry and it’s the perfect calorie-free dressing. Its tart taste goes great with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, or a squeeze of lemon. This is one dressing you should never feel guilty about pouring all over your salad!
Another option is one of the salad dressings made by Walden Farms. With flavors like chipotle ranch, sesame ginger and honey balsamic vinaigrette, you’ll think you’re actually eating full-fat dressings! Found at your local grocery store, these calorie-free, carb-free, fat-free, and gluten-free salad dressings are made with all-natural ingredients. This includes ginger, soy sauce, minced onion, white pepper, etc. There’s no better way to dress your salad than with these healthy ingredients.
Lastly, lemon with fresh herbs, like parsley or basil, is always a safe choice for salad dressing. A fresh squeeze of lemon and two tablespoons of herbs packs in a ton of flavor and will give your salad an added boost. Mix in some cracked salt and pepper as well, and let the lemon soak into the lettuce leaves for the best results!
Any of these three dressing ideas are wonderful options to keep your salad healthy and tasting great! Just because that chunky blue cheese or creamy ranch isn’t the best choice for your salad doesn’t mean you can’t use salad dressing!
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Samantha Cowit–Autoimmune Allyby
Hi! My name is Samantha Cowit and I am 21 years old. I'm currently a student attending The Ohio State University pursuing my degree in Nutrition in Industry. I love everything that has to do with health, fitness, and nutrition. I have a passion for writing, communicating, and interacting with others. I love to cook and bake as well as hang out with friends and family!View all Samantha Cowit posts.