3 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes You Can Make at Home

Make that bowl of leafy greens a little less boring.

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I once heard a saying something like, “Some days you eat a salad and go to the gym, some days you eat doughnuts and refuse to put on pants – it’s called balance.” How fitting it is, and let’s be honest – relatable – that we eat sweets because they tend to hit the spot. Do I dare say that munching on a well-prepared salad can be just as satisfying too?

Here’s the truth: a salad has to be substantial in order to truly enjoy it. Dress up the boring bowl of greens you brought for lunch with veggies and a delicious, healthy dressing. We put together a list of dressing recipes you can make at home, plus find the ingredients in local olive oil shops right here in Rhode Island:

 

Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar Salad is a classic go-to. But the creamy, full-fat version can be heavy on your stomach (and your lunch). Instead of combining the oils and eggs found in a traditional Caesar salad dressing, try using anchovy paste or canned anchovy plus a few other ingredients to create a healthier, lower calorie dressing. The best part? This dressing contains only a quarter of a teaspoon of salt, has only fifty-two calories per serving and takes just three minutes to prepare!

 

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Summer is right around the corner…don’t cut any corners! Enjoy this delicious summer salad with a sweet, but healthy dressing. With very few ingredients, you will know exactly what is being put in your food and subsequently, your body. Fresh raspberries work best and with a dash of extra virgin olive oil, a drop of apple cider vinegar and a quarter of a cup of raspberry jam (some are non-GMO) you have everything you need to make a strawberry summer salad even more delectable.

 

Maple Kombucha Salad Dressing

Kombucha, a fermented tea that is probiotic rich and is a naturally effervescent drink, is a total body detoxifier. But on your salad? Instead of vinegar, use Kombucha as the base of the dressing and blend it with extra virgin olive oil and the other needed ingredients. Learn how to brew Kombucha yourself or purchase a bottle or two from your local health food store. You’ll be reaching for this dressing for it’s “gut health” aspects, as it feeds the good bacteria in your digestive system.

 

So where can you find top of the line, fresh and healthy extra virgin olive oils and vinegars to include in your salad dressings? Visit Nectar De La Vida in Warren for a bountiful selection of high-quality liquid gold or Virgin and Aged in Newport for artisanal and gourmet selections.

 

 

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