Shop bought salad dressings are typically high in fat, calories, salt and preservatives, which will quickly diminish the nutritive quality of your salad. But with a little help from pantry ingredients, you can quickly whip up a homemade salad dressing that is low in fat, but high in the taste department.
Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
Balsamic vinaigrette is a delicious salad dressing that works well with just about any salad, from a simple garden salad to a more elaborate Caesar salad. It is so easy to make up a batch of homemade balsamic vinaigrette that you will prefer your own homemade version than the shop bought varieties you have been used to. Simply combine one part extra virgin olive oil with two parts balsamic vinegar, minced garlic and freshly ground black pepper. Combine the ingredients and use as a marinade for meat or fish or as a salad dressing.
Ranch Dressing Alternative
If you cannot imagine life without Ranch dressing drizzled liberally over your salad greens, there is still hope. Replace the full-fat Ranch dressing for a lower-fat alternative using ingredients you have on hand in the pantry or fridge. Combine fat-free Greek yoghurt with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, to loosen the consistency, freshly herbs such as basil or parsley and fresh minced garlic. You can even add a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice for extra piquancy and flavour, if you wish. Adjust the ingredients to suit your personal preference. This Ranch dressing alternative will be an instant hit in your family.
Semi-Homemade Honey-Mustard Dressing
Honey-mustard dressing is a great tasting salad dressing that works well in a number of salads, especially salads that contain zesty, citrus fruit or chopped walnuts. Combine clear honey with mustard (such as yellow mustard or Dijon) along with apple cider vinegar. If you do not have apple cider vinegar, use distilled white vinegar or another type of vinegar you have in your pantry. This semi-homemade honey-mustard dressing can be drizzled over salad, used as a marinade to tenderise chicken or it can also be used to baste kebabs.
Shop bought salad dressings are high in fat, calories, salt and preservatives, which is why it is a good idea to limit your consumption of these products and to try your hand at making your own homemade or semi-homemade salad dressings. Adapt the types of ingredients and amounts you use to suit your preference.