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Make Your Salad Dressing Sing!

The same old oil and vinegar dressing can become rather dull and uninspiring. If the salad dressing blahs are keeping you from eating your greens, it is time to experiment and try some new things. I have a few suggestions for you to try. Here they are:

  • Creamy: For a creamy texture add some nonfat plain yogurt. Thin it with a little water first (especially if you are using thick Greek-style yogurt. Another option for creamy texture is a little smashed avocado, and once again I thin it with a bit of water.

  • Tangy: For a little tang try lemon juice. It mixes well with olive oil, or can be great on its own. Cranberry juice concentrate is another way to add a new tangy flavor to your dressing and complements toasted pecans quite nicely.
  • Citrus: I have also taken to just squeezing a half an orange over butter lettuce. The fresh squeezed juice is so sweet and perfect for the delicate greens. I also enjoy the peppery taste of fresh squeezed pink grapefruit on the spicy green arugula.

I have some more suggestions, so


  • Get seedy: Grinding up seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower adds a nice texture and flavor to dressing. Sesame seeds and poppy seeds aren't just for bagels! They also make nice additions to dressings.
  • Fresh Herbs: Don't forget the power of fresh herbs. Going Italian? Toss some Italian parsley into the mix. Going Asian? Try a little cilantro. Going Greek? Add some finely chopped fresh mint to your greens. Fresh thyme and tarragon work well when you are adding roasted chicken to your greens.
  • Go Tomatoes: Here's a recipe for tomato-paprika salad dressing that is unique and great not only on salad greens, but drizzled over lightly steamed veggies.

So try some new dressing and make your salad sing!


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AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I love the idea and have tried it, but I love the calorie laden stuff too much. I'll change it up to be healthy though.
halochick halochick 8 years
I gotta try some of ideas.
halochick halochick 8 years
I gotta try some of ideas.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always put leftover herbs in my salads. I buy fresh basil and cilantro and when I'm done with it, I'll put the leftover leaves in with my salad greens and it adds fantastic flavor to my salad. I also like to grate a little lemon zest over bitter salad greens to add some pizzazz.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I am too in love with my rasberry vinagarette.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Wonderful ideas. I use the nonfat/lowfat greek yogurt for everything! In dips, in place of sour cream, etc.
rpenner rpenner 8 years
I'm definitely going to try adding yogurt! Great idea!
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
Garlic and spearmint in salad doesnt get any better
nancita nancita 8 years
I agree with AMP that nontraditional dressings are the way to go. I especially love Trader Joe's corn salsa, as well as olive tapenade (as long as it's not too high fat).
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I like the idea of using yogurt. I would probably mix it with honey and lime.
AMP AMP 8 years
i love using non-traditional dressings. i usually find that they are much healthier.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I'm going to try adding yogurt. I just can't deal with wasting calories on creamy dressing, although I do love it. This sounds good, and the avocado, too. And I love fresh herbs on my salads.
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