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Salad Dressings: Eating Healthy and Feeling Great!

Updated on April 29, 2012
Eating Healthy~Feeling Great Series "Salad Dressings"
Eating Healthy~Feeling Great Series "Salad Dressings" | Source

Salad Dressings: Eating Healthy and Feeling Great!

Healthy eating has always been a number one factor in staying fit and most importantly, feeling great, the other is daily exercise. In our extremely busy live, we sometimes find ourselves eating on the run, grabbing a burger because it's fast and convenient, or just skipping meals altogether because we are simply too busy to eat, or even worse...forget to eat!

Salad Dressings can be a calorie buster for your healthy salad. There is nothing with having a fattening dressing on your favorite salad.... if you have only one tablespoon! I admit it.. I love more than a tablespoon on my salads, however, I don't go crazy. To keep my calories to a minimum with my dressings, I try to make everything with low caloric and low sodium value. This way I can have a tad more and feel satisfied. Another great idea is to drizzle all of your permitted dressing over your salad and mix your salad thoroughly so that all the vegetables are evenly coated. One of the best inventions are the Dressing Sprays that are available in the supermarket. I always have a rasberry vinegarette handy if I don't have time to make my own.

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
~Harriet Van Horne

Number 1 Dressing
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Number 1 Dressing

This recipe got its name from the proportions of each ingredient. Therefore it should be easy to remember! It can also be made in any quantity very easily. But most important, it’s quick and easy and enhances the flavor of any salad.

Makes 1 serving – (Serving size: 1 ½ Tablespoons- 50 Calories

Ingredients

· 1 teaspoon olive oil

· 1 teaspoon wine vinegar

· 1 teaspoon water

· 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

· 1 teaspoon plain lowfat yogurt

· 1 dash garlic powder

1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until blended.

2. Serve right away or chill for a later serving.

1000 Island Dressing
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Aye Matey! Thousand Island Dressing

For a variation, try adding imitation bacon bits to this classic favorite. The result is “Creamy Bacon-Tomato Dressing.

Makes 4 servings- (Serving size: 2 Tablespoons each serving – 60 Calories)

Ingredients

· ¼ cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise

· 3 Tablespoons ketchup

· 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

· 1 teaspoon lemon juice

· 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish

1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until blended.

Chill at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Serve

Classic Italian Dressing
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Classic Italian Dressing

The calories are lowered in this all-time favorite by replacing some of the oil with water.

I always make double or triple the recipe because it keeps very well in the refrigerator and the flavor seems to increase as well.

Ingredients

· ¼ cup red wine vinegar

· ¼ water

· ½ cup olive oil

· 2 teaspoons minced onion flakes

· 1 teaspoon dried oregano

· ½ teaspoon dried basil

· ½ teaspoon dry mustard

· 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

· 1 teaspoon sugar (or equivalent amount of sweetener)

· Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. Shake well.

2. Chill at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

French Tomato Dressing
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French Tomato Dressing

This recipe will be the hit in your home. Those who try it will ask for it again, and again, and again!

Ingredients

· ½ cup tomato juice

· 2 tablespoon olive oil

· 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie mayonnaise

· ¼ teaspoon salt

· ¼ teaspoon pepper

· 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

· ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

· ½ teaspoon dried oregano

· ¼ teaspoon dried basil

· 1 teaspoon sugar (or equivalent amount of sweetener)

1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat with a fork or wire whisk until smooth.

2. Chill at least 1 hour to blend flavors

Eating Healthy~Feeling Great Series
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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      3a.m. and commenting on salads. What the duck! I mean what is Lisa trying to sell us? Jokes aside, our Hub-Food network guru Lisa, has showed us that we can eat healthier by checking and bookmarking these wonderful recipes. From Italian to french and back to those thousand islands dreams...we can actually fix our own dressings. Thanks for your great efforts Lisa. You are the best!

      LORD

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol... Lord! I know what you are going to dream about tonight! lol Thanks for all your support and for your wonderful bright witty and "ducky" comments! Sweet dreams M'Lord! :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Salad dressing are one of my vices... :-) Votes and shares!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh mine too... I use it on just about everything..lol Thanks Susan :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great salad dressings,healthy tasty recipes. Voted up. You have got a wonderful collection of healthy hubs am bookmarking it.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur. I'm so happy everyone is enjoying them. :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      These are all healthy alternatives to salad dressing but I like #1 most of all because of the mustard, yogurt and garlic. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you alocsin! I like #1 as well. They are all my top favorites from the ones I have because you can dress so many salads with them. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Your number 1 dressing is almost exactly like the one I make, but I have never tried it with yogurt. I bet the extra ceaminess adds a lot to the dressing. I have a friend who is a "food mentor" (she helps people with low-cal diets) and she swears by using agave nectar as the sweetener in dressings. I never tried it myself; I use honey, if I use sweetener at all. Great hub! I'm loving this series of yours.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love salad dressings. Your number one and Italian look like ones I need to try!

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      vwriter 5 years ago from US

      Your number one and the French Tomato Salad Dressing I'm going to have to try. Fits great with my diet. Great hub. voting up.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      What a great hub! Thank you for sharing these healthy salad dressing recipes.. I'm definitely bookmarking this one. After all, it's usually the salad dressing that makes a salad fattening. With these, you can enjoy a good salad without having to worry about that. Very useful.. voting up!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Deborah. I have never used agave nectar, mostly honey.. but I am hearing more and more about it and I'm thinking seriously about using it as well. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you V.Lynn~ That a italian dressing is actually quite tasty. I love it on my spinach salads. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much vwriter. The French tomato dressing is very good. I make that one a lot cause it goes with just about everything. If I want it a little spicier.. I add a dash of tobasco in it as well :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie, I agree! I'm all about the dressing! Who wants a bland salad!? :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      My favorite of all of these amazing dressings is #1 and tomorrow is my day to whip this one up. And then I 'm making the French Tomatoe...this will be my tuna dressing. Oh boy!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting and sharing too!

      Keep up the fantastic recipies, baby girl!

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      dbuddhika 5 years ago

      Great salad dressings.Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Ooooo that sounds yummy on the tuna! Let me know how it turns out! XOXOX

      Thanks VC :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so kindly dbuddhika! :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Lisa, I was very excited to read this hub! All of those dressing look tasty! I definitely have to share this with Micah and My Dad!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Awesome Audra! They are really tasty! :)

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