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KWOOD1955 SparkPoints: (66,732)
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2/3/14 6:00 P

I love most of the Ken's light dressings.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,271)
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1/30/14 5:12 A

If you like salsa, try putting that on your salad. I love salsa and I do that regularly. When I go out to restaurants, I ask if they have salsa and get that instead of dressing. Some look at me like I'm from Mars but I don't even understand why it seems strange to those who have not tried it.

But if there is no Salsa available, I really don't mind the low fat dressings, such as Italian or French. Whether high or low fat, I use very little, just enough to taste really.

MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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1/29/14 2:53 P

I love Ken's Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano Dressing. It has only 46 calories for 2 tbsps and about 250 sodium. I add two tbsps of white wine vinegar and it makes a low calorie dressing! emoticon

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (40,652)
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1/29/14 2:27 P

I also agree with Exotec - I always make my own mayo too - if you have a stick blender, it is amazingly easy and can be done in a wide-mouth jar so there is no mess. For a creamy salad dressing, I recently took some my homemade mayo and added a bit of organic sour cream and then added some spices - garlic, dill weed, celery salt, etc. (probably could have added a bit of lemon or lime juice too) and made a ranch-style dressing. It was a nice change of pace. I also make a salad dressing using homemade mayo, a clove of garlic, avocado and it seems like it has some lemon juice in it - can't remember offhand, but it's also quite good.

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (525,292)
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1/29/14 12:51 P

no dressing

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/29/14 12:37 P

One trick that helped me reduce the quantity of dressing I needed was to "toss" the salad rather than to pour the dressing over top. If you add a couple cups of salad to a mixing bowl and top with 1-2 teaspoons of dressing, it's almost laughable - where's the dresssing!! BUT when you shake and stir it all around until everything has a light coating - you'd be amazed how little dressing you can get away with. This works especially well with a strongly-flavoured dressing - making your own is so simple - just get a good quality olive oil, some dijon mustard, and some red wine vinegar. Add a dash of salt and maybe a bit of crushed garlic or garlic powder, and you that's IT. Dressing!

Makes you wonder how they get away with charging 3 bucks a bottle for it....

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
1/29/14 12:10 P

I agree with MISSVJS ~ commercial dressings aren't especially healthy. I think, so long as you like vinaigrettes, it's just as simple to make your own in one of those shakers someone mentioned, or also have a little dipping cup for some instead of pouring it over the entire salad.

One thing you might try is the sub "sauce" they sell in most grocery delis. Those are mostly oil and vinegar, with various herbs added. That can be pretty tasty, although it still goes back to those unhealthy oils. You could make your own though, and infuse it with whatever herbal flavors you like.

Homemade mayo is easy, and you can do lots of things with it. You could thin it out a bit with milk or water, or maybe even sour cream, yogurt... if you like creamier dressings, anyway. Any of those combinations would take seasonings well.

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
1/29/14 12:09 P

I loved the ideas shared here. I love eating salads and I usually do without any dressing...the most common dressing I use is Soy Sauce + lemon juice + chilli powder + pinch of salt + a whole lot of cilantro....

SPARKLEYSHINE SparkPoints: (29,927)
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1/29/14 12:03 P

Making your own is a great. I also like to use unexpected things for dressing such as salsa (you can make a creamy version with some plain yogurt added or lite sour cream), cottage cheese, or a misted flavored oil.

I also always eat most dressings on the side and just dip my fork tines into it before grabbing a bite of salad. I can usually get away with just a tbsp depending on how big my salad is!

RACEWIFE Posts: 760
1/29/14 10:22 A

I have found that if you keep the dressing on the side and just DIP your salad once on your fork lightly into the dressing, you tend to use less dressing.

MISSSVJS SparkPoints: (40,652)
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1/29/14 10:20 A

It's my opinion that there are no good low fat low calorie salad dressings on the market - when manufacturers remove the fat they have to replace that fat with something else in order to make the salad dressing palatable, and most of the time they replace it with sugar. I never buy salad dressing because I don't like all of the added junk in them and most use canola or soybean oil and I personally don't believe those are healthy fats. The best thing in my opinion is to make your own. I found a really neat salad dressing bottle at a local kitchen store - it has various recipes right on the bottle for Italian, Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Caesar, etc. dressings. You just fill the bottle to the line shown for whatever dressing you are making with olive oil, specific types of vinegar, lemon juice, etc. and then add the other seasoning as indicated for each recipe - it's very quick, easy and no mess!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/29/14 9:06 A

I like red wine vinegar and oil, for a kick add a little mustard

CANDYCANE7447 SparkPoints: (5,661)
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1/29/14 8:44 A

I am trying to eat more salads to help stay on track with my weightloss. The good thing is I actually enjoy eating salads. Unfortunately I am one of those people who like to use a ton of salad dressing and I am having a really hard time finding salad dressings that are diet friendly. Any suggestions?

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