If you tend to use more dressing than a serving, add a little water to your cream based dressing. This will thin it out enough to cover all your lettuce perfectly.
I use this for my jalapeno ranch dressing. There is no lower fat version where I am, so I add a little water so I can still have a bigger salad but only have the one serving of dressing.
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Sometimes I add water or 1% milk to a bottle of commercial salad dressing to thin it out. When it's thinner you don't get globs of dressing - less dressing means you still get some flavor without all the fat or calories.
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.
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