Make Your Own Healthy Salad Dressing
Including a salad as a main course or starter is an excellent way to promote good health. Salad dressings are meant to compliment salads, not overpower them, so you can actually enjoy all the delicious ingredients.
Making your salad dressings minimizes unhealthy and unnecessary additives, preservatives, sugars, oils, and extra calories. Always begin with a nutritional base of healthy oil like extra virgin olive oil combined with an acid like fresh lemon juice, GF apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, or all three! Then your possibilities are endless. Try adding to the base some fresh herbs, GF mustard, crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, minced red onion, shallots… the choices are unlimited, and the result will be much tastier, fresher, and healthier than any store bought dressing
What Type Of Salad Dressings Are There?
Every salad dressing made from scratch has your personal touch, making it distinctive and exceptional. Popular salad dressings like Ranch, Caesar, Italian, French and Blue cheese after a while can become boring. Making salad dressings from scratch is a lot easier than it may seem and the taste is as fresh as the ingredients. Why buy bottled salad dressings when you can make better, healthier dressings that are guaranteed gluten free and are also budget friendly?
Creating a healthy meal and then using store bought salad dressings with bad fats, preservatives, sugars, gluten and unwanted calories puts a damper on your meal. In my opinion, choosing to make a healthy salad dressing makes so much sense when you are adding it to a delicious salad loaded with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds or pasta.
Creamy salad dressing ~ delicious without adding unwanted fats and sugars by substituting them with yogurt, low-fat sour cream, coconut milk, mustard, maple syrup or honey
Light vinaigrette ~ is best on simple salads like lettuce, cucumber, beets, or cabbage. The essential ingredients are extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil or avocado oil with an acid like lemon juice, balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar. The standard ratio is 3 parts of oil to 1 part of vinegar.
Fresh herb salad dressing ~ Choose delicious herbs such as basil, cilantro, rosemary, dill, oregano, parsley or thyme.
Berry dressings are excellent when you make salads that include fruit, nuts, seeds or simple greens. I love including raspberries with a splash of balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and a delicious herb or spice.
ALL OUR SALAD DRESSINGS ARE GLUTEN FREE AND EGG FREE
Remember as long as you use fresh ingredients you can’t go wrong. I try to use organic whenever possible to add even more delicious flavour to my creations.
Here is a list of ingredients that create amazing salad dressings
Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, low fat sour cream, yogurt, coconut milk, cheese, berries, shallots, red or white onion, garlic, fresh herbs, mustard powder, spices, tamari sauce, maple syrup, honey, sea salt, black or white pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Be sure that all ingredients are gluten free.
A Salad Is Only As Good As The Ingredients You Use