When I order a tossed salad in a restaurant, or when making it at home, I have my salad dressing on the side. Before each bite of salad I dip the fork prongs barely in the dressing. Then pick up some salad. You use very little dressing and still taste it with every bite.
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I abhor low cal salad dressings. I wanted to keep the full flavor of my favorite creamy style dressing but not all the calories. In order to give me that ability I measure out 1 tsp of salad dressing, then I dip the tines of my fork in the salad dressing and pick up a bite of salad. I get a taste of my yummy salad dressing in each bite and use no more than a teaspoon of salad dressing, in fact, usually I use less than that!
Most salad dressings can be thinned out with a little water without sacrificing taste, especially ranch-type dressings. Adding a little water (especially when you are dining out and have your dressing "on the side") can make the dressing coat the salad more evenly and reduce the amount of actual dressing (and thus calories) you are eating.
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.
If I'm not over my fat limit I would also add 1tsp of olive or coconut oil. I also chop onions and add habanero (or some other spicy pepper) for more flavor. Sometimes, I even omit the oil and add chopped green olives.
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