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BIGREDANGEL Posts: 4,882
3/26/13 3:25 P

Our favorite lately has been homemade ranch...1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup 1% milk and packet of dry ranch dressing (not dip) mix...this ENTIRE jar of dressing, is only 255 calories, 1.75 grams of fat, 42 carbs and 34 protein. Makes about 20-24 2-Tbsp servings :)

TPETRIE Posts: 18,677
3/26/13 3:04 P

I love the Ken's lite vidalia onion dressing. I always have on hand. The other dressings I use are virgin olive oil and vinegar.

WALKERLADY999 Posts: 71
3/26/13 2:53 P

I have two favorites that I haven't seen suggested yet. One is Ken's Lite Vidalia Onion. The other is frozen lemon. I buy a very good quality organic lemon and freeze it whole. I then grate the frozen lemon onto my salad....rind and all. It brings a sparkle to the salad! I don't like it on my spinach but love love love it with crisp romaine lettuce. I also use the frozen grated lemon on fish. It is a great way to use the whole lemon up, especially if you have trouble using a lemon up before it goes bad! Just pop the leftover lemon back into the freezer for next time.

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3/26/13 2:50 P

I like big salads.At least half of one of those ready made bags.

I replaced creamy dressings partially by just adding 1/4c cottage cheese,black pepper and about a tsp of whatever dressing I like. It tastes fresher and the cold cottage cheese helps cut the oil and keeps the lettuce fluffy. I sometimes add 1/8 cup shredded cheddar on top too,

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (199,728)
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3/26/13 2:38 P

Sometimes my salad is so loaded with "wet stuff" like tomatoes, that I don't need any dressing!

I enjoy fat-free ranch & raspberry vinagrette's though...and nope, I don't have time to make them myself. Off the shelf works for me! :)

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3/26/13 2:20 P

I prefer not to use pre-made dressings due to the sugars, sweeteners and chemicals in them. I make my own vinaigrettes (so easy to do) with either red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice, 1 T. dijon mustard (to emulsify it), EVOO, salt & pepper. Can also add Italian seasoning, rosemary, whatever you like. De-LISH! And all fresh. No need to refrigerate.

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3/26/13 1:52 P

Many great ideas here
There are many low calorie dressings on the market today
Prefer to just use less of the regular dressing
One day at a time

VIRGOGURL4 SparkPoints: (60,161)
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3/26/13 12:19 P

Wishbone Light Italian is probably my favorite salad dressing of all time. I use it on everything!

And the below link is for a slideshow called "8 Healthiest Salad Dressings for Weight Loss."

DOVE52 SparkPoints: (119,557)
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3/26/13 12:12 P

so true

IDJ1973 SparkPoints: (8,716)
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3/26/13 12:10 P

diy salad dressings are the only way to go..

CMADELINE1 SparkPoints: (36,590)
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3/26/13 12:02 P

I like plain salad and onion with the juice of one lemon (or line) olive oil and salt. Simple and delicious...

CLAYLADY001 Posts: 372
3/26/13 11:45 A

I saw this thread and decided to contribute my two cents worth(probably worth 4cents now)I love salads but haven't made any green salad in quite awhile,Hubby just doesn't care all that much for it. My favorite salad dressing is reg.ranch BUT I know how laden with high fat ingrediants it has soooo
now I use a "light"champange dressing and occasionally just use rice vinegar but love the suggestions I have read and will try some balsamic vinegar mixed with rice vinegar,that sounds good and something I can live with.I add every vege' I can think of to my green salads and if I add some meat to it I make it my main meal of the day and then I feel better about using some (a little)ranch dressing.Glad I saw this thread as we need to eat more salad.Thank you,CLinOregon

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3/26/13 10:31 A

I'm pretty budget conscious, but I have found that good olive or walnut oil with varieties of flavored balsamic vinegar are wonderful for dressing salads. They cost a bit extra, but go a long way and enhance the flavors of whatever you choose to put in the salad. Walnut oil with chocolate balsamic or bordeaux cherry balsamic are two of my favorites...especially when used on spinach and with strawberries or fruits!

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3/26/13 10:16 A

Mix olive tapenade with a vinegar (I like sherry vinegar best) or lemon juice for a full flavored, lower callorie dressing.

3/26/13 10:07 A

i love bolthouse low fat honey mustard with yogurt dressing, which i doctor up a little by adding extra honey mustard and rice wine vinegar - it ups the flavour and lowers the calories

KEESHA13 Posts: 8,534
3/26/13 10:06 A

quilts are beautiful

TLGRNT Posts: 179
3/26/13 10:01 A

fat-free honey mustard

DOVE52 SparkPoints: (119,557)
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3/26/13 9:57 A

yes I found that worked for me too

WENDIBUGG Posts: 674
3/26/13 9:32 A

I used to drench my salads in dressing. Now i put a small amount of whatever kind i like in a bowl (whatever 1 serving is) and dip my fork into the dressing before getting a bite of salad. You get the taste of the dressing but use so much less. I used to use 2 of those cups they bring you at restraurants and after doing this I cut it down to less than a quarter of one.

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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3/26/13 9:06 A

I have been looking for an alternative dressing as well. There were some really great suggestions in this post! I like ranch dressing but I have slowly taken it out of my diet and now I eat my salads plain. I love vegetables anyway so it really wasn't that hard.

AMANDAROX Posts: 304
3/26/13 8:38 A

I'm a fan of Balsamic Vinegar as well. Sometimes I'll mix it with Plain Greek Yogurt to up my protein intake!

MUSIKAT62 Posts: 883
3/26/13 8:31 A

I use olive oil mixed with rice vinegar. Rice vinegar adds a little sweetness that you don't get with alot of other vinegars.

GCHUNG Posts: 8,930
3/26/13 8:09 A

I love low fat honey mustard

THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,728)
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3/26/13 7:57 A

Low fat honey mustard

MYBULLDOGS Posts: 9,355
3/26/13 7:29 A

balsamic vinegar

SHANNONY84 SparkPoints: (23,666)
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3/26/13 7:28 A

Thank you! I love it!

SLENDERELLA61 SparkPoints: (304,474)
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3/26/13 4:08 A

I love the taste of balsamic vinegar. It tastes like salt but has no sodium. I use extra virgin olive oil with it. Often 1 tsp of oil to 1 T of vinegar does great; I use more oil if I need the calories and healthy fats.

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3/26/13 3:35 A

emoticon emoticon ideas................

JUMP888 SparkPoints: (13,868)
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3/26/13 2:21 A

Italian. I love Caesar but know how good EV olive oil is for me.

FEMMEFATALE11 SparkPoints: (70,031)
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3/26/13 2:11 A

im going to try some of these, great ideas

TINKS2013 Posts: 13
3/19/13 4:00 P

Thank you everyone so much. I will enjoy trying them all emoticon

3/19/13 3:24 P

I like to try to stay away from the processed dressings because of the sodium content. My favorite salad "dressings" are low fat cottage cheese (a little goes a long way to get a little extra protein for a higher sodium source, try 1 tablespoon in a salad with 1 cup of greens to get that 'dressing' feel), or 1/4-1/2 of a plain avocado smooshed up to coat the greens/veggies. Those are my two favorites instead of store bought.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
3/19/13 1:53 P

Make a homemade ranch
extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar, or cider vinegar
avocado and sour cream or greek yogurt

TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,514)
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3/19/13 1:51 P

I have to have variety with my cant be the same day after day, or I get bored. So I buy the regular kraft dressings, right now I'm loving, mango chipotle, catalina, raspberry or strawberry balsamic vinaigrette...I do as others suggested though, I have learned use it in moderation and I sprinkle some Mrs. Dash on my salads beforehand, so there's extra flavor. I also use salsa on my salads.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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3/19/13 1:12 P

I use avocado mashed in with Greek yogurt. Sometimes I add nothing and just rely on fruit I add to my salad for moisture. I also use olive oil, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, cottage cheese, vanilla Greek yogurt and I've made my own a few times, usually a combo of vinegar, honey, lemon, spices etc.

Avocado, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are my go to condiments now. They sub as mayo or sour cream. I love an egg salad sandwich with avocado and cottage cheese mashed in.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/19/2013 (13:14)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/19/13 12:34 P

Olive oil and lemon juice. I also like walnut oil and some pepper

LOTUS737 Posts: 4,380
3/19/13 10:26 A

I won't repeat the great suggestions below- if you like creamy dressings, in addition to using non/lowfat greek yogurt as a base, you can blend up non/lowfat cottage cheese with herbs and spices (or ranch mix, etc) to get a protein boost. you'd be surprised at how smooth and creamy it gets!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/19/13 8:15 A

I usually use balsamic vinegar.
Sometimes I add herbs and/or a touch of olive oil; but most often not

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (79,833)
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3/19/13 12:56 A

I often use salsa as a dressing on my salads. It's lower in calories and sodium than the dressings I would use.

LOPTR27 SparkPoints: (16,170)
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3/18/13 9:39 P

I've discovered that I really like balsamic vinegar as a dressing. I don't even need olive oil, just the vinegar. I also have some I bought at the store that's low sodium, but I make sure I measure it and don't use a lot because of all the calories. Another thing I like on cucumbers and tomatoes is lime juice and chili powder. Never tried using it on lettuce or other salad veggies though.

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3/18/13 9:19 P

I love nuts on my salads, pine nuts or sunflower seeds. I also make my own ranch dressing with the packet and nonfat yogurt or nonfat sour cream or nonfat mayo and milk. I just follow the directions on the packet, but combine the ingredients with nonfat alternatives. It tastes much better than the nonfat dressings available on the market. but nuts do add a new dimension and flavor that may help; also berries are great!! emoticon

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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3/18/13 8:54 P

Hi TINKS2013

Check out the 'Walden Farms' brands.
Caesar is my favorite.

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3/18/13 8:35 P

I use Wishbone Ranch Vinaigrette get all my ranch flavor and basically none of the calorie.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/18/13 7:24 P

There's no reason you can't have your usual salad dressing, as long as you account for the calories in your tracker. Make sure you MEASURE, rather than just eyeballing it. You're probably using more than you think you are. :)

There's no such thing as a "bad" food, and there's room for anything in moderation.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/18/2013 (19:25)
3/18/13 7:12 P

I tend to go with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

This can be as simple as or elaborate as you like. If I don't particularly want to go to the trouble of shaking the two together in a jar I will just drizzle a bit of each over my salad.

One option I like is to add a small amount of anchovy paste to the oil and vinegar mix, this adds a nice depth of flavour and isn't at all fishy in taste or smell.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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3/18/13 6:53 P

there are lots of great store bought options if you aren't into making your own.

I mostly use flavored balsamic vinegar but I also love a lot of store bought brands. Browse around and see what you like. Don't be afraid to try something new!

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3/18/13 6:22 P

If you're not into making your own, there are still plenty of light store bought options for all tastes. Ken's Lite Honey Mustard is one of my favorites, and Newman's Own makes an awesome light Roasted Garlic Balsamic.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
3/18/13 6:09 P

Well, partly it is "what you get used to" so just because these ideas all taste delicious to me, I can't guarantee how you would like them on your first try, but here goes.

Homemade vinagrette dressing, made with a Good quality extra virgin olive oil, some red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar, etc., ) and a dash of salt, pepper, perhaps some dijon or dry mustard powder. Pour over leaves and toss to coat everything evenly before serving (you don't need as much dressing if you toss like that).

Salsa. You can make a "taco salad" with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, perhaps some black beans or shredded cheese, and just jarred salsa on top. I never eat homemade tacos from the Old El Paso kit anymore, instead i just bust up the hard shell (they always break when i try and eat them anyways), put my taco "fillings" on top, and "dress" with salsa.

Lime juice! Suprisingly good! Just a squeeze of lime, some salt and pepper, and a dash of olive oil - really adds a good flavour to salad greens. It also worked perfectly on a "quinoa, black bean and sweet potato" salad I made a few times recently.

Any dressing of your choice - but on the side in a little dipping bowl. Instead of pouring it on top, spear your salad, and dip it into the dressing. You can make a little go a long way, like that.

TANNERZ SparkPoints: (45,051)
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3/18/13 6:05 P

How about a nice balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil dressing?

0.5/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoons Honey Mustard
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Calories 45
Fat 4.5g
Saturated 0.6g
Sodium 22g
Carbs 1.0g
Sugars 0.9g
Iron 1%

Edited by: TANNERZ at: 3/18/2013 (18:09)
TINKS2013 Posts: 13
3/18/13 5:58 P

Hi everyone.

I love my salads but can't eat them without something on them so I usually have Mayo or Salad Cream. I realise this is a bad idea when it comes to my calorie counting and wondered if anyone had any better ideas that would be less calories?



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