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Salad dressings.... What's the best?
I am venturing out into the land of greens. I don't care for salad without dressing (at least now- starting out). Can someone tell me what is the best to get? I don't care for thousand island, but other basics have been okay. I have found that fat free ranch is disgusting.
Any input would be great. Thanks!
Sat. Jan 19, 8:08pm
What I found that got me eating and actually enjoying salads wasn't the dressing but adding fruit instead of vegys. First of all, forget iceberg lettuce. Its mostly water and very little nutrician. I like romaine and spinach. I hate cooked spinach, but raw spinach is almost tasteless and very nutritional. I mix the two together. Then I add several kinds of fruit such as grapes, pineapple, mandarin orange, or strawberries. Mix some up and through them in. I'll occassionally add some tomato, but fruit is the main thing I add. I also add some low fat cottage cheese. For dressing, I found I like low fat raspbery vinagrette. I eat a large salad almost every day now. Personally, I wouldn't get to hung up on what dressing you add. Adding a salad a day is a huge benefit. Adding a little of whatever dressing you like may add some calories, but it pales compared to the benefit of adding a salad everyday.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:22 PM
Try salsa in place of salad dressing, or make your own vinaigrette with olive oil and red wine vinegar. You might like just a squeeze of lemon and some crushed red peppers or maybe sesame seed oil, mustard and honey mixed together with a little tabasco sauce. Another good homemade combination is walnut oil and apple cider vinegar. Sometimes, depending on the ingredients, you might not want to use any salad dressing at all. It is a process. Enjoy experimenting with your salads.
I agree with the above poster about adding fruit in the beginning when first starting out. It takes a while to get used to eating vegetable dense salads, and using fruit is a great gateway into salads. Eventually, you won't need so much sweet once your palate changes over time.
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:39 PM
I am LOVING the simplicity of using a drizzle olive oil (some fused with hers and fruits) and a splash of balsamic (some fused with a fruit). Simple, so so good, and not laden with a list of chemicals I can't pronounce!
Monday, January 21, 2013, 8:37 AM
romaine lettuce is bitter
I find romaine to be bitter. I think I tried both baby and regular... maybe just my taste, but I think I might have to do the spinach and iceberg to start :)
Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:35 PM
I didn't realize there was more than 1 kind of romaine. I buy the kind that comes in a bunch and the leaves are about 8in long and about 4in across (on the outer leaves). I don't care for the stuff in the middle where the leaves are real small and a very light green. I actually found the romaine to be kind of tasteless, which is fine w/ me. Did you eat it w/ dressing?
If you are going w/ iceberg, try to work in some romain a little at time. I probably sound like I'm trying to sell the stuff. Sounds like you tried the spinach and it tasted OK to you?
Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:59 PM
BIG fan of red leaf lettuce and butter lettuce (aka Bibb). Arugula is also great with something sweet to counter its bitterness - like olive oil and grapefruit wedges. I toss the arugula in olive oil, add a little salt, toss in the grapefruit wedges and squeeze the grapefruit juice from rind over everything - yum. As an extra yum - shaved parmesan. Delicious!
Monday, January 21, 2013, 1:32 PM
You might think this funny - but a few months ago - way before PT, I decided to try and make some eating changes. Well- I went out and bought this "baby greens salad mix" and the spinach just seemed tasteless really. The other stuff was either bitter or just grossed me out.
1:32 I haven't tried that kind of lettuce, butter, etc.. I may have to try the adding of fruits and such to help. I have to get the motivation to get to the store (not been motivated to do anything much since I lost my job) and I WILL post on here, if I found something that works... I am making a grocery list...
Monday, January 21, 2013, 1:53 PM
alright - I DID go to the store but did not make a salad yet as I had one for lunch today as well. I am sorting through my head of how to mix the stuff. Here is what I got:
apple cider vinegar
red wine vinegar
(have not tried either vinegerette and have used the others in cooking before)
red leaf lettuce, baby spinach and iceburg lettuce
i have frozen strawberries and canned pears
SO- I have something to start with.. Thanks for all your support!
Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:09 PM
One of my favorites is a leaf lettuce drizzled with an oil and seasoned with salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. I may or may not top it with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, etc. before seasoning. I let it all sit for a bit then I mix apple cider vinegar with an equal part water and then pour enough on the salad without drowning it. Mmmm...that salt and vinegar combo - just love it!
You've got lots to work with. I'm sure you'll find your favorite combo soon!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 2:44 PM
There are so many ways to make our salads more delicious and healthier as well. -
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