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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
raspberry vinegerette
superberry vinegerette
(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
cottage chz

SO- I have something to start with.. Thanks for all your support!

Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:09 PM

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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

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