I saw a friend's mom dip her fingers in a bowl of water and sprinkle it over her salad, then she would season her salad. I now do the same, and I use a mixture of different spices to add flavor. The water gives the spices and seasonings something to stick to, without turning the salad soggy!
Regular salad dressing is full of fat and the healthier ones don't taste too good. Using plain yogurt or Greek yogurt is great, but sometimes you just want a familiar taste. I sometimes use 1Tbsp of my favorite regular salad dressing along with some citrus juice and dried herbs and seasonings. It's the salad dressing I love, but not so much of it! It helps me to "wean" myself from the unhealthier dressing as I go through my journey.
Balsamic vinegar (especially aged vinegar) has a great flavor that intesifies and sweetens when you reduce it. Bring a small pan of balsamic vinegar to a boil and then simmer until it thickens. When it coats the back of a spoon, it's done. It makes a great salad dressing or veggie dip and is extremely low calorie!
I have found 2 healthy dressings to use on salad, veggies, and even fruit.
Instead of the old crusted ones in the fridge at the office, buy a small bottle of olive oil and lemon/lime juice and keep it at work! 1 TBSP Olive Oil, 1 TBSP Lemon, Sea Salt and Coarse Ground Pepper = Delicious, healthy dressing that you can make at your desk :)
make salad dressing with mortar and pestle. pound one half clove garlic with course salt. add one tablespoon olive oil. Then mix well with pestle. Add a pinch of sugar and a tiny bit of mustard. Then add 3 large tablespoons of plain yogurt, and two tablesp. vinegar. adjust seasoning
Instead of pouring salad dressing on your food, just dip the tips of the tines of your fork in the dressing before you stick the fork in the salad. This way, you'll have the flavor of the dressing in each bite while saving a lot of calories that your salad would normally be swimming in.
I LOVE ranch dressing, but its one of the worst calorie & fat offenders. Many years ago I discovered the perfect alternative. Its from Trader Joe's & its called Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, you can find it in their refrigerated section next to the salads. I believe 2tbsp is 30 cals!