Salads are always the perfect choice for those keen on weight loss and staying fit. Some perfectly sliced red and ripe tomatoes lying on a bed of fresh romaine lettuce, also topped with thinly sliced red onions, shredded carrots and sliced green peppers and lightly sprinkled with sea salt and ground black pepper, all topped off with a nice balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette usually makes for a quite healthy dish.
But how often do you really think about the healthiness of your choice of salad dressings especially the ones that are in your refrigerator door? If you go and look closely at the list of ingredients on the bottle of your favorite salad dressing you may find some not so interesting items in the mix. Commercial salad dressings are mostly packed with additives which are usually considered safe in small quantities but in large quantities can be detrimental to your health. Processed foods are often formulated with lower than standard inexpensive ingredients all in the interest of a higher profit margin. Also these salad dressings often have low quality oil, loads of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, an abundant amount of salt and too much fat. The health effects of the high concentration of all these toxic substances are bad to say the least.
With so many not only healthy but quick choices can you think of a reason why not to make your own? Homemade dressings are easy to make, cost less than commercial products and way better for your health.
These recipes should inspire you to be creative, original and very health conscience when it comes time to make your next salad.
Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup fresh basil leafs
- 1/3 cup finely diced shallots
- ¼ cup water
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil & Lime Vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh oregano leafs
- 1 garlic bulb peeled and finely diced
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Low calorie Caesar Dressing
- 3 ounces cubed fresh Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic peeled, crushed and finely diced
- 1 ½ Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worchester sauce
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin extra virgin olive oil
Add all the ingredients of each recipe to a blender and blend until smooth, around 1 minute. Keep in airtight containers in the fridge and always remember to shake well before pouring on your salad.