It’s easy to make salad dressings that are full of flavor, not calories. Here are some tricks for homemade versions.
1. Add citrus juice, citrus zest and fresh herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, oregano, or thyme) for a burst of flavor and color.
2. Replace all but 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil in a recipe with reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth.
3. Use a blender: The ingredients come together faster and easier. (Try Food Network Magazine’s Grilled Chicken Salad with Gazpacho Dressing, above.)
4. For variety, use cider vinegar, sherry vinegar or white balsamic vinegar.
5. Add chopped shallots for nuance that’s more subtle than garlic or onion.
6. Bind ingredients together with 1 to 2 tablespoons honey mustard, Dijon mustard or grainy mustard.
7. Use reduced-fat sour cream for creamier dressings, as in this blue-cheese version from Food Network Magazine.
- Is there sugar hiding in your groceries?
Move over salt, there’s a new bad guy in town: sugar. We know that sweet treats and heavily processed food tends to be laden with sugar, but you’ll be shocked to find out that these 8 common foods that contain more sugar than you think.
The American Heart Association recommends that women limit their added sugar to no more than 6 teaspoons (or 100 calories) while men shouldn’t consume more than 9 teaspoons (or 150 calories) each day. Americans blow these recommendations out of the water, consuming an average of 475 calories of added sugar each day! So take a good look at your pantry to see if you’re eating any of these hidden sources of sugar.
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Bottled salad dressings are my pet peeve — the majority of them are full of sodium, sugar and other preservatives. Whether you like a vinaigrette or the creamy stuff, you only need a few simple ingredients (and a couple minutes) to make some yourself.
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Bottled salad dressings are convenient, but most are full of sweeteners, sodium and other preservatives — many with names you wouldn’t recognize. You’ll know all the ingredients in this homemade dressing; there’s only a few of them. Make a batch and use all week to top salads, dip veggies or marinate chicken, fish or vegetables.
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