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CJYOUNG74 Posts: 81
1/29/14 12:38 P

I've been making my own ranch for a while now - about 75 calories per 2 tbsp:

1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
1/2 cup regular mayo
1 packet Hidden Valley dressing mix

Just whisk together - makes about 12 oz.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/29/14 12:12 P

I would totally use a dijon vinagrette on almost any kind of salad! If you want it a little fruitier, try making it with raspberry vinegar.

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1/29/14 10:57 A

Google make your own dressings. Check local health places in town, a local produce place has classes on juicing and also homemade dressings, I haven't had the chance to take this class, but sounds good. Making your own is a very wise choice. Those store ones have tooo many awful stuff. Ask around :] Good Luck

Edited by: BANDOMOM1 at: 1/29/2014 (10:58)
NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
1/29/14 8:33 A

stick to what's already been done. poke around the internet or cookbooks for salad recipes and see how they are dressed. use those as your starting point until you figure out what you like.
my go to salad dressing is spicy mustard plus honey plus olive oil plus apple cider vinegar. for a goat cheese and cranberry salad i'd probably attempt a very light citrus vinaigrette or i'd just use a little olive oil and vinegar just enough to wet the other ingredients or i'd just use mandarin oranges in the salad. i think i've had goat cheese and berries [either just strawberries or a mix of blue, black and rasp] a little more often and between the cheese and the berries i didn't need a dressing with it because they provided enough wet.

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1/29/14 8:32 A

Chicken is fantastic on salads because it takes on whatever flavor profile you want. I'm a fan of vinaigrette dressings rather than creamy ones so more often than not, I'll just mix some olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and spices together and put that on top of my salads. I find that works well with practically everything I like on a salad. If my mood has taken on a Mexican theme, I'll put salsa on top of a salad with chicken, black beans, avocado, and cheddar cheese.

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1/29/14 6:06 A

Hey y'all!

I'm taking the next step on my 'diet' (making small changes) by introducing a salad for dinner a couple of times a week.

I'm pretty picky about my salads - I like very specific greens (they must be crunchy!) and there's this combo I once had that was like a party in my mouth - dried cranberries, pecans, and goat's cheese. I'm up for trying anything though, especially if it has grilled chicken in it, and cheese is a must - just a little bit.

I want to make my own dressings but I have no idea what flavour combos are good. For instance, a honey-dijon dressing sounds nice, but I can't see it going with pecans and goats cheese. What about chicken and blue cheese? I'm so clueless when it comes to putting dressings together!

So for all the experienced salad eaters out there...any advice?

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