For me, I'd rather spend my calories somewhere else, like dessert. So if I have dressing I also want it to be lo cal/lo fat! :)
Here are ones I love: ~Salsa ~Fat Free Italian dressing (lots of times this is the only option places have for packets- if it is too bitter for you, I sometimes add Splenda to sweeten it up) ~Fat free ranch ~Just use salt and pepper and make sure some of your ingredients have FLAVOR ~I can't believe it's not butter spray ~ Wishbone salad sprays ~Fat Free Honey mustard ~Texas roadhouse has a FABULOUS low fat Ranch! :) Yum. And their 'side' salad is fantastic- even has hardboiled egg on it!
I like Makoto ginger dressing. It's in the refrigerated produce section, and tastes similar to the dressing served at the local hibachi that I love. Just 80-cals per 2-tbsp and that 2-tbsp goes a very long way (unless it's a full entrée sized salad, I tend to use less.)
For homemade, a good pico de gallo is quite tasty. Since it's 100% pureed veggies, it's another serving to add to the ticker, and the lowest calorie option I've been able to find (about 10-20 calories per serving).
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My favorite dressing choice has always been ranch, for years and years and years! After reading your comments from last month and a hafl, i've actually switched to Balsamic and Italian, I also read the calorie count to see how many calories in 2 tablespoons. Over the time I have deffinitely feel the difference, its lighter, and even tastes healthier, its not as heavey!
Usually some type of balsamic mixed with a small amount some type of olive oil and spices. We have a specialty olive oil store here (these seem to be popping up everywhere lately) that has all different flavors of both olive oils and balsamics and it can be really fun to mix and match them or use them to add new flavors to salads or other dishes. For instance I'm loving pomegranate balsamic on my salads now, and shallot olive oil for savory dishes.
I enjoy Olde Cape Cod Fat Free Balsamic. A lot of the time I don't do "salad dressing" but instead I do hummus on a greek salad or salsa and guacamole on a taco salad. Anything to add a punch of flavor and spread some creaminess throughout the mix I love!
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Red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (maybe with dijon mustard, honey, garlic, shallots, salt and pepper...but also plain) Greek yogurt with garlic (a few minced cloves per cup of yogurt and let it sit overnight) A squeeze of lemon juice
I haven't had store-bought salad dressing in a long time (except when I grab a salad at the supermarket and it comes with a packet of Renee's), and I generally do not like it anymore.
Edited to add: I forgot tahini! Tahini, olive oil and lemon juice or tahini and Greek yogurt. Both excellent dressings. Tahini is not low calorie, but it is tasty and contains protein.
I make my own using extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegarette, raw honey, dried basil, oregano, thyme and ground black pepper. These are the core ingredients and I make it to taste, keeping the olive oil/vinegar ratio to have 2 TBSP under 50 calories.
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