an easy trick is to put your dressing in a separate bowl... dip your bites of salad into it as you eat... now every bite gets some of that great flavor and you probably won't even use the amount you usually do! perfect :)
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I hate salads without salad dressing. And so, I split every new bottle of dressing into two bottles and add malt vinegar to each. It saves a lot of money on salad dressing, thins the dressing so that it coats better, and cuts my salad dressing calories in half.
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!
Getting salad dressing on the side is a no brainer when trying to eat better, but often the containers they bring out contain more dressing than they would have put on the salad in the first place! Dip your fork into your dressing before getting a bit of salad. That way every bite has a bit of dressing, but you save lots of calories. I can generally eat an entire dinner salad with 1 tsbp (or less) of dressing this way.
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