Recently I've started using greek yogurt in place of mayo in salad dressing recipes. It knocks fat and calories way down and tastes better in my opinion, particularly with tangy dressings. My favorite so far is the Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix. 20 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving when substituting yogurt and nixing the mayo.
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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.
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
If you use some plain yogurt instead of OIL in the salad dressing, you get a delicious creamy salad dressing
Most salad dressings are empty calories. Instead of regular salad dressing, try salsa, hummus thinned out with water or lemon juice, or any kind of yogurt sauce (greek tzatziki, indian raita, etc.) Any of these have lower calories and more nutrition than the empty fat/sugar calories of salad dressing.
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