Better Light Salad Dressings

I have a confession, not one I am at all ashamed to admit – I really do NOT like bottled light salad dressings.  Most of them just don’t taste good!  Bottled dressings in general will have more chemical additives than home-made – of course – but the light or fat-free ones tend to have even more of them, and often added sugars as well.  The do not taste fresh.

I usually make my own balsamic vinaigrette with a good extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and dijon mustard.  With summer coming on . . . at least I THINK summer is coming – it has been so gloomy and cold in Wisconsin this “spring” . . . I am experimenting with other dressings for my salads.

As luck would have it, while digging in a pile of papers I saved for some reason that seemed right at the time, I found an article from last July with the perfect answer to my salad dressing prayers.  Included are recipes for 3 light homemade dressings that sound good enough for my taste buds.  The recipes – for light ranch, orange-balsamic vinaigrette, and lemon herb avocado dressings – can be found on the link here.  It’s almost time for the local farmers’ markets.  Now you are ready!!

6 responses to “Better Light Salad Dressings

  1. Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Longer and commented:
    As a person who has now included at least one salad every day into his diet, this is most welcome …

  2. Thanks for the link! I love your healthy suggestions for brightening salads 🙂

  3. Yesss, nothing like a homemade vinaigrette! Dijon mustard sounds like it would add an extra special element of flavor.

    • I agree! I add more balsamic than most recipes use, so mine ends up being “light” without the fake ingredients. I think the quality of the balsamic is the key. There are so many good ones, and I spend a bit on it – well worth it.

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