Bottled Un-Dressing

31 Aug

I love salad. There’s something about the contrast of textures and the unrestricted combinations of sweet and sour, soft and crunchy, and spicy and cooling. A salad lets you combine things that are not always found together in ways that other recipes can let you do. Salads can be very healthy, but can also be as fatty and heavy as a hamburger. I’ve even been to a restaurant that makes a hamburger into a salad!

The icing on the cake for a salad is the dressing. A bad dressing can ruin an otherwise perfect salad. For me the number one offender is fat free dressing. Let’s review a culinary basic… Fat = flavor. Fat free dressings are then carrying what? Not flavor my friends that’s for sure. So what is it then? Well that is a great question. It’s mostly chemicals, or flavor enhancers, or the “real” products have been altered to be fat free, even if they aren’t. Need an example? How about fat free raspberry walnut vinaigrette? There can’t be real walnuts in the dressing otherwise there would be fat from the oils in the walnuts. Catch my drift? They are using walnut flavoring… and honestly I’d rather eat real food that has a little fat than all those mystery chemicals.

Here’s my solution make your own dressing. You can make fat free dressing at home. I prefer the full fat kind but here are two recipes that you can make at home that will blow the top off of any bottle on the shelf.

Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch

1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh tarragon,minced
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
salt to taste

combine all ingredients and serve chilled

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper

Combine the mustard and vinegar and the wisk in the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the oil to combine. Serve chilled.

Happy salad making 🙂

Always thinking of the next meal

-Katie

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One Response to “Bottled Un-Dressing”

  1. Diane Grant September 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    HI KATIE, LOVE THE WEBSITE AND RECIPES, YOUR MOM GAVE IT TO ME. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CATERING BUSINESS, KEEP THE RECIPES COMING. HI RYAN….

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