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9/16/18 11:52 P

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> I would really like to get away from the oil based dressing

Same here! Oil and vinegar is good for you, but, eh, I don't like it.

Here are over 30 non-oil salad dressings!
https://nutriciously.com/oil-free-vegan-salad-dressings/
http://plantbaseddietitian.com/oil-free-dressings-and-sauces/
https://www.veganamericanprincess.com/10-simple-recipes-for-no-oil-vegan-salad-dressings/

Mmm... bacon mayo!
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24544/blt-salad-with-basil-mayo-dressing/
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/creamy-bacon-salad-dressing/

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9/12/18 7:21 P

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Thanks for those dressing ideas. I printed them and I am going to give them a try.

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KMGORM78's Photo KMGORM78 Posts: 38
8/31/18 10:52 A

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Thanks for the suggestions. I would really like to get away from the oil based dressing because I eat on the run and don't want it to stain my clothes. Its very sad but I am learning to cook at 40! I actually bought my first cookie sheet a couple of weeks ago.
I have tried a couple of recipes on here and my husband said they looked better than the picture but he didn't want to eat it again and my 5 year old never eats anything.

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8/31/18 10:02 A

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You can make your own easily and adjust the oil. I do a 2:1 acid to oil ratio and add a little honey or mustard to emulsify. Pick some seasonings like herbs or garlic, a little salt and pepper, and you're good to go! Just keep it in a container with a lid you can shake up if it separates on you. We really like white balsamic + olive oil + garlic + basil + honey + salt + pepper.

I also make yogurt and/or avocado based dressings (like ranch). I just buy the dry ranch powder and mix it in with yogurt (and/or mashed avocado) and water to thin out. Sometimes I'll add extra pepper or herbs. There are great recipes online to make it from scratch but this is really convenient.

I also like to use salsa or salsa/avocado/yogurt for some types of salads.

Recently I blended 1/2 avocado, 1/2 small sweet onion, chili peppers, lemon juice, and a bunch of cilantro- really delicious and would be great for taco salads/mexican inspired flavors.

Hummus can be thinned out for a great dressing. You can also mix tahini in with yogurt, or make a quick thai peanut sauce (peanut butter, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, sriracha, honey, soy sauce).

For other topping ideas, when I'm not being lazy, I really like to add roasted veggies. If I'm on top of my meal prep game they are good to go, but they can be a fun way to add texture and flavor. Full disclaimer: I don't really like eating a bunch of greens in my salad- I prefer heartier veggies with a few greens. I also like to add fruit (or a small amount of dried fruit) to many salads (esp with the balsamic dressing). Toasted nuts or hemp hearts add good fat, texture, and help me stay full!

Hope some of these ideas are helpful- happy eating!


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KMGORM78's Photo KMGORM78 Posts: 38
8/31/18 9:34 A

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I don't know much about cooking and I am new to eating salads so keep that in mind. I got an Italian non fat dressing for my spinach salad but didn't like that it was so oily. Is there any nonoily low calorie dressing out there? I have a 5 year old son that would rather been in the toys isle than the grocery. Any other ideas to make my salad better would be great. I am currently putting frozen fully cooked chicken strips on mine. Thanks ahead of time as I need all the help I can get!

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