When trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, salad is often a very common food item. The problem that comes into play is that most salad dressings are very fatty, even some that claim to be low in fat. There are tricks people can use to limit the intake of salad dressings, like dipping the salad into the dressing instead of pouring it on top. That works for some people but it may not work for everyone. Instead of trying those types of tricks, make yours a healthy and delicious salad dressing that people will not feel guilty about indulging in.
Salad dressing does not take a long time to make and is usually very easy! In fact, it typically only involves mixing some ingredients together. It is almost as easy as simply purchasing it from the store but salad dressing is much healthier when it is made at home. A common healthy salad dressing is the vinaigrette dressing variety, as they are the most healthy, but there are limited flavours and no one should limit themselves to those types of recipes. There are recipes for every type of flavour craving that are still healthy.
As with any recipe, use all ingredients needed in a low fat or non fat version to cut down on excessive fats. A salad dressing can be quickly made into a healthier version by using healthier ingredients. If someone wants a creamy salad dressing, instead of using full fat sour cream, they can use non fat or light sour cream. Better yet, they can use plain Greek yoghurt. It is best to always stay away from mayonnaise if at all possible since it will add a lot of fat to salad dressing, even if it is a low fat version.
A very simple recipe that someone can make from things that are probably already in the fridge is a tangy lemon dressing. All that is needed is three tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt and pepper to season. Mix the ingredients with the salad and the results are a tasty, healthy, easy salad to enjoy with dinner tonight.
Another simple recipe that is very popular is the buttermilk ranch salad dressing. All that is needed is one clove garlic (minced), 1/2 cup buttermilk (light version if possible), one cup light sour cream, one scallion (finely minced), one teaspoon fresh chopped dill, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram or other herb, two teaspoons white wine vinegar, and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. It is extremely easy because to make the dressing, someone would just need to combine all of the ingredients and mix well. It does not get any easier or healthier than that for a creamy salad dressing.
There are many other recipes available for several types of flavours. All it takes to find one is a quick Google search.
The bottom line is that when it comes to salad dressing, if it is made at home instead of buying it from the store, automatically there is a healthier dressing. It is cheap to make and people know exactly what was put into the dressing when it was made at home. With major brands, there are ingredients that most people cannot even pronounce. By making homemade salad dressing, salad lovers are already on the path to eating healthier and having a healthier lifestyle. Do not let it stop here, learn how to make other healthy alternatives for the menu tonight!