ROCK YOUR SALADS THE HEALTHY NATURAL WAY!
If you’re anything like me, dressings are often the best part of the salad – or at least it’s what I most look forward to! The right dressing can be the highlight of the salad or even get us to eat more veggies!
Unfortunately, though, those commercial salad dressings we’ve come to love are USUALLY loaded with calories, fat, artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, and lots of other unhealthy ingredients.
But not anymore – with my oil-free worry-free quick and easy salad dressing formulas you’ll be having the best, most delicious, and healthiest salads of your life in no time at all.
After all, why go to all the effort of making a beautiful salad with veggies and greens only to drown it with fat, salt, sugar, and chemicals that no one needs?
Let’s build a new habit of making your own salad dressing without oil alongside fresh, beautiful, and healthy salads.
The good news is that it usually takes no more than 5 minutes to make your own homemade oil-free salad dressing – and you’ll probably save some money while you’re at it. With the tips and instructions below, making fresh oil-free salad dressings will be old hat in no time!
Salad DRESSINGS Without Oil IN JUST FIVE MINUTES!
Once you master the basic oil-free salad dressing formulas you are free to adjust them to your taste. Add a little more or less of this or that and keep tasting as you go along until it’s “just perfect!”
Then store your dressing in cute containers (see below) and you’re ready to rock your salads!
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Keep in mind that you may be so used to the taste of oil or mayonnaise that you might find these dressings a little “different” at first. Yes, there’s a certain mouthfeel to oil, but I’m betting that once your taste buds adjust you’ll find the substitutions of nuts, tofu, and beans to your liking.
As we get over the familiar feel and taste of unhealthy foods we discover how much better the healthier stuff truly tastes! Give it a try! All you have to lose is your poor diet!
In fact, I’ve become so used to vegan salad dressing without oil that any addition of oil or mayo now just doesn’t taste right.
If you just can’t get around making a salad dressing without added oil, try reducing the amount of oil each time you make a salad dressing until you gain a new appreciation for healthy, natural flavors and feel.
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Oil-Free Salad Dressing Formula
Let’s talk a bit about oil-free for a moment. In this case, I’m referring to dressing without added processed oils like olive, canola, or sesame. As you probably know, whole foods such as nuts, avocado and tahini (sesame paste) all have natural fat.
Sooo, if you’re cutting back not just on oil but on other types of naturally-occurring fats as well, you’ll want to stick with beans as a base or go for vinaigrette dressings, which are clear and not creamy, instead.
Dressings are made up of a base, an acid, an optional sweetener, and flavorings or spices. Traditional dressings use oil as a base. For our oil-free versions, we’ll be substituting nuts or nut butter, seeds, cannellini beans or avocado.
These whole food ingredients will make your dressing naturally and healthfully creamy. For a vinaigrette, omit the “creamy” ingredients and stick with the acids such as vinegars or acidic juices. Remember, sweeteners, are always optional.
NOTE: ¼ cup of dressing is usually enough for four servings of green salad. For pasta or potato salads and heavier vegetable salads, you’ll need more as these tend to soak up more of the dressing.