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Let’s Play Dress Up: Make Your Own Healthy Salad Dressings

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Sometimes turning my oven on is not an option yall! So what does this mean? Bring on the salads! Whether I am packing a salad in a jar for lunch or tossing things up in the evening for dinner, getting my daily five becomes easy and fun when I play healthy dress up!

What’s healthy dress up you ask? Well, while a salad is the obvious healthy option for meals, things can quickly become “fast food” comparable (in regard to calories and fat) when it comes to your dressing selection. So moving forward I suggest we kick up the flavor and not the calories with these five delicious and healthy salad dressings. Ready, set – let’s play dress up!

Ready For This Ranch Remix

I love Ranch dressing so much yall it’s truly silly. I dip my fries in it, drizzle it on burgers drink it (just kidding) – you name it, I’ve “ranch-ified” it. However this dreamy creamy favorite is loaded with tons of calories yall. In fact, most restaurants add almost 1/3 cup of dressing to their salads. So if that dressing was ranch hun, then you can count on close to another 350 calories with that 10 calorie lettuce mix. Whoa! Well don’t trip, this light option is delish too.

1/3 cup light buttermilk

1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp dried parsley

1 1/2 tsp dried dill

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp dried onion flakes

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp dried chives

1 tsp salt

Toss all the above in a jar, shake it up and get ready to toss your salad next! 

Hummus Dressing That Will Make You Hum Hun

While I’m pretty sure I’m from Africa, my taste buds are from Greece. I love a Greek salad any day anytime. But sometimes the olive oil based dressing that accompanies my favorite salad is just meh. So I’ve jazzed things up (sans the fat) with this creamy hummus based version.

1/2 cup hummus 

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp spicy paprika (or regular paprika is fine too)

1/4 tsp of oregano

Whisk up all these ingredients and whip up your best Greek salad stat. 

Have A Ball With This Balsamic Vinaigrette Boo

This easy yet slightly acidic dressing plays nicely with most salad creations, but the store bought versions of this light dressing is heavy in the sugar department yo. You probably already have all these ingredients so whip this dressing up for a salad topper that doesn’t top the chart when it comes to calories.

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup water

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1 tsp garlic powder

Combine all the above. Create a RAD salad. Celebrate your healthy choice.

Sweet Without The Cheat Strawberry Vinaigrette

When fruits and vegetables come together the end result can be one marvelous salad yall. And what better way to sweeten the deal than with a fruit infused vinaigrette. Great as a dressing and excellent as a glaze – skip the sugar infused version of this vinaigrette and serve up your own succulent homemade version instead. 

2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries 

4 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1 Tbsp honey

1 pinch salt

Blend all the above in your food processor and start to process how amazing your next salad’s about to be. 

Gurl This Ginger Dressing Is Glorious

Give your immune system and your next salad a boost with this super tasty ginger dressing. This Asian inspired salad topper pairs well with just about any leafy green and also makes for a great steamed veggie flavor booster too. I drizzled some over broccoli the other night and my dinner guest almost got down on one knee. Welp, now isn’t that lovely. 

1 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp minced garlic

2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger root 

3 tsp sesame oil

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 tsp onion powder

Blend this baby up in your blender and get ready to enjoy a better salad. Boom.

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