Canyon Ranch Spa Jet Fuel 5 Calorie Salad Dressing
I had the privilege of spending a day at the Canyon Ranch Spa a few years ago while visiting Las Vegas. What an experience! Arguably the best known spa in North America, they have slowly been growing since opening the first location in Tucson Arizona in 1979. Recommended by Oprah, Canyon Ranch is known for tasty, upscale spa food, with surprisingly few calories.
Jet Fuel is their famous low calorie, zero fat salad dressing that was first published in a cookbook in 1984. Most, if not all, of the ingredients you will find already in your kitchen. I don't know if you have tasted any store bought low calorie salad dressing lately, but it definitely fits into the "Frankenfood" category. Check out the ingredient list, and you will be dumbfounded!
You will see from this recipe, that water replaces the oil. I was very skeptical of this, until I tasted it. I remember Bobby Flay saying once, don't be afraid to use water as an ingredient. If you have a very flavorful combination of ingredients, that just need thinning, don't discount water as an option. Especially if you are watching calories.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar or splenda
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 cup water
- In a bowl whisk salt and sugar into red wine vinegar until dissolved.
- Add the remaining ingredients except the water, and mix well.
- Pour into a glass jar. Shake well. Add water and shake well again.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. Enjoy!
Now that you have the basic recipe, change it up as your taste buds desire!
French Tarragon Dressing:
Add 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, or 2-3 tablespoons fresh tarragon to the recipe
Add 1/8th teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin, 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Add 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil and tarragon.
Add either 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt, or 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese that has been pureed smooth in a food processor. Also add 1 teaspoon anchovy paste. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on Romaine lettuce to taste, instead of adding to the dressing. Can also add more fresh squeezed lemon juice on the lettuce. This version will add a few more calories, but extremely less then traditional Caesar dressing.
|Serving size: 2 tablespoons|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 93 mg||4%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|