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Published on Jan 28, 2013
Hi, I'm Susan Bowerman, Herbalife Nutritionist.
Bottled salad dressings are convenient, but they're so easy to make, why not just make your own? With just a few simple ingredients, you can have healthier, tastier dressings for your salads and vegetables without a lot of added sugar, fat and calories.
Here are two of my favorites.
The first one is a yogurt-based dressing, which should satisfy your craving for a creamy dressing. You'll start with plain nonfat Greek style yogurt, to which you'll add some mashed avocado -- a little bit of healthy fat makes this a bit more creamy and adds a nice color, too. Whisk this together until it's smooth, and then you'll add some lemon juice, and garlic. Then, add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and you've got a fabulous dressing for salads, or steamed veggies or as a dip for raw veggies. And all for only 15 calories a tablespoon.
The second one starts with an unusual ingredient -- baby food carrots. I know it sounds funny, but they're just plain cooked carrots, and having them already pureed means this dressing goes together in a snap. You can do this one in a shaker bottle. Just mix together a jar of baby food carrots, some rice vinegar, a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and dill. This one is tangy and sweet, and adds a beautiful color to your mixed green salad -- again, for just 15 calories a tablespoon.
Lowfat creamy avocado dressing
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt ½ avocado, mashed 1 clove minced garlic 2 tablespoons of lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Can be stored covered, in the refrigerator, for a week.
1 4 oz jar baby food carrots 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar 1 TBSP olive oil ¼ tsp. dried dill Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour all ingredients into a shaker bottle and shake well. Can be stored covered, in the refrigerator, for a week.
Herbalife nutritionist, Susan Bowerman shows you two ways to make your own salad dressing using a yogurt base & an unusual ingredient such as baby food carrots. The advantages to making your own salad dressing are that you keep the calories down & make a delicious & simple salad dressings you will enjoy.