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BUNNYKICKS
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12/31/13 8:59 P

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For a super-simple salad topping - a good squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of salt. That's it! This works nicely atop shredded lettuce, tomatoes and thinly-sliced onions and/or cucumbers.

Most "vinaigrette" dressings call for a ratio of oil to vinegar (or lemon juice) of about 3:1 - i find you can easily drop this to 2:1 or even less, and still have an acceptable dressing. Though of course the less oil/more acid that you use, the tarter and thinner the dressing will be. Counteract this with a good dollop of prepared dijon mustard.

Also when using a dressing that is on the rich side... just use less, and "toss" the salad rather than pour the dressing over top. You can get very nice coverage with verrrryyy little dressing - just pour your teaspoon or half-tablespoon over your greens and toss-toss-toss until all leaves are lightly coated.




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My salad dressing is half virgin olive oil, half balsamic vinegar, and sprinkled with either fresh or dried herbs for added taste (thyme, basil, pepper, etc). The olive oil is good, healthy fat that my body needs!



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Dressing #1 - all purpose
Tofu - firm 6-10 oz
1/2 C apple cider vinegar
*1/2 C apple juice
1 pint fresh or 1 bag frozen berries without sugar
Toss into blender and mix completely. Can add chia seeds if desired.
* over time, try to reduce the amount of apple juice and increase to eventually full strength vinegar. Stores well in a Mason jar. emoticon

Dressing #2 - light & lively
3 T Lemon juice - can use concentrate
Mix with 1 T honey about one minute
Add 1 T olive oil and continue mixing.
Use this one on mixed greens including the bitter ones, and add sliced green apples and pepitas (raw pumpkins seeds) for crunch. Portions are approximate as I simply mix by sight & usually have some left over since it is mostly liquid and thin. Very flavorful. emoticon

Dressing #3 - Creamy red
Soft tofu 1 pkg
1 small can pickled shredded beets with liquid
1/4 tsp white pepper
Pour into blender and mix on high.
**Beets will contain vinegar & sugar but should not have any preservatives or artificial coloring. Or use regular beets and control your own vinegar and add the sweetener you prefer. Excellent over tossed green salad with shrimp or turkey. emoticon

Dressing #4 - Island style
Soft tofu or plain yogurt 1 pkg
1 small can crushed pineapple
1/4 tsp curry powder
Stir together and dollop over finely chopped cabbage & grated carrots. emoticon

Dressing #5 - Carribean
Firm tofu - 1 small pkg or 1/2 Lg
Coconut milk 1/4 - 1/3 C
Fresh mango, peeled and sliced
Toss in blender with lite sprinkle of ginger.
Best over fruit salad with chopped almonds. emoticon

I think you can see that nearly anything that you would put onto your salad could go into the dressing so I hope you'll be inspired to try making your own. emoticon

PS at restaurants, I ask for balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Barring that, I often bring my own. Even the Olive Garden which offers the former has never objected. If anyone objects or you feel you must make an excuse to other guests in your party, just say simply doctor's orders or you have may have a food allergy.emoticon




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12/30/13 2:37 P

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I absolutely love Bolthouse Yougurt Ranch Dressing. Only 45 calories for 2 Tbsp and tastes great. Found in Refrigerated section of Grocery Store by Veggies/Fruit.



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12/30/13 8:43 A

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If you dress your salad with oil and vinegar, you may get another fat fighting benefit as some studies suggest vinegar may help the body break down fat. Olive Oil is a healthy fat and good for your heart...and Olive oil makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings...Olive oil and other nut oils do not make you gain weight.
Proof....in September of 2003 the British Journal of Nutrition reported, it was found that a significant loss of body weight and fat mass can be achieved by changing only one eating habit and that is.... exchanging the saturated fats with olive oil

Maybe try just a squeeze of lemon or add 1/2 cup of cottage cheese on the salad instead of the dressing to moisten.

Yes, Balsamic is good and check out Walden Farms salad dressings in the produce section of your grocery store.




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I don't like fatty dressing either, altho' I don't mind avocado blitzed with a little garlic and some lemon juice

My favourites are chopped up orange on lettuce salads - the juice provides the dressing.
Balsamic Dressings - either bought as a dressing, or just a little Balsamic Vinegar.
Other flavoured vinegars can be great, too.
French Dressing (lite - check calories/fat/sugar etc.)
Lemon Juice
Greek Yoghurt is great with a little lemon juice, and perhaps some avocado added.
You can also add a little chilli powder or finely chopped fresh herbs to it, too.

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Some aren't dressings but add enough flavor to serve the same purpose:
salsa
Evoo
vinegar
mustard
broth
cheese (I rarely add anything if the salad already contains cheese)
cooked veggies
shredded meat
greek yogurt
cottage cheese
pureed avocado

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I love salads, but I always hate using dressings that are loaded with fat. So....... I'm looking for an alternative to use for a dressing.

Anyone have any good, healthy homemade salad dressing recipes that they would like to share?
Any recommendations on premade salad dressings?

Also, what is your favorite salad to eat?
If you go out to a restaurant, what kind of salad are you more interested in getting?
How many days out of the week do you eat salad?
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