Healthy Diet Salad Dressing Recipes
I love good salad dressing!
I love trying new flavors!
However, most salad dressings have something I don’t want like: added sugar, preservatives, soy derivatives and such.
SIDENOTE: These recipes have olive oil!
FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT!!!!!
I was reminded of this mis-conception last night. I had a nice little dinner with some of my lady friends and one was offering up her avocado. She didn’t want fat. I told her fat does not make you fat but she didn’t believe me. So, I enjoyed her avocado! :o) (More on this later…)
Back to the salad dressing recipe(s)
OIL and ACID
OIL: I recommend Extra-Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil but there are several other oils you can try.
I tried coconut oil but it hardened as soon as it hit the cold lettuce. :o)
(Maybe Julia can give a few more tips here.)
ACID: Most of the time I use vinegar but you can also try lemon juice or lime juice.
(There are several types of vinegar: balsamic, white, red wine, apple
RULE OF THUMB: There is no rule of thumb when it comes to the ratio of Oil and Vinegar! I have heard anywhere between 50/50 to 1/3 – 1/4 vinegar to oil.
I personally like about a 1 to 1 ratio. I like Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil for my salad dressing base. It is the items I add that really give it a kick!
My personal favorite home made salad dressing:
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- pinch of salt
- several cloves of garlic
- 5-10 fresh basil leaves (cut up)
If you make double and leave in the frig, the garlic and basil tastes become more robust.
Here are a few more ideas of things to add:
- Dijon mustard
- honey (don’t use with our current diet)
- Braggs liquid aminos (need to research a bit more)
Please put your favorite salad dressing recipe in the comments below. Remember, olive oil is a part of a healthy diet plan!