But are the low-fat varieties a good choice? Unfortunately, they are also full of highly-processed oils and the same mega preservatives. They may have less fat, but they don't have any beneficial nutrition. The oils in them will still harm our bodies. And yet our bodies need the right oils for healthy skin, hair and hormones. As a bonus, these healthy oils actually help our bodies to use the abundant nutrients found in salad vegetables.
You can find some Extra Virgin Olive Oil based dressings in the nutrition section of larger grocery stores and at health food stores. But, unless you find these on sale with coupons, frequent salad eaters will carve a big hole in their grocery budgets.
Here is the good news: you can make a healthy, tasty salad dressing with just a few pantry items. And the better news: it's quick and easy! Switching to a healthier salad dressing is a simple change that will really make a difference. This is my old standby recipe for a salad that serves four adults (or two adults, two big appetite kids and two small appetite kids).
Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette:
In the bowl you plan on using to toss your salad in, whisk together
- 1 tsp. brown mustard, which will help to emulsify the vinegar and oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- a dash of salt and a dash of pepper
Voila! I load my greens and veggies on top and then toss it all right in the same bowl. Less mess makes me happy.
You can try all sorts of variations for this recipe.
- Using half EVOO and half sesame or walnut oil will give this a nuttier flavor.
- Adding some freshly chopped herbs will give it some extra complexity.
- Adding a minced garlic clove or two will give it some punch.
- Trading out the balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar will change the entire aroma and mood.
- Or, substituting lemon or lime juice for the vinegar gives a fruitier flavor.
For my salad tips, read this previous post.
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