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Old 11-27-07, 08:43 PM   #1
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So are there any good low fat salad dressings out there?

So I was thinking of having a salad tonight but then I remembered all the salad dressings I actually like are loaded with tons of fat. Wich aren't helpful on a low fat diet. The few no fat salad dressings i've tried all taste like liquified salt. So whats your favorite?
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Old 11-27-07, 08:45 PM   #2
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My home made Bleu Cheese, but that's not low fat.

The low fat talk is down the hall an on the left. Here we talk about pie, quail, quail pie, & pizza pie. But unlike cheese cake, which is actually a pie... pizza isn't.
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Old 11-27-07, 08:57 PM   #3
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pizza=pie in Italian. Ask Ms. Gio. She not only speaks Italian, she lives in the pizza capital of the New World.

On topic- why not make your own salad dressing so you know exactly what's in there? Here's a couple ideas to get you started:

Low-fat Russian:
1 cake low-fat (lite) silken tofu processed till it's really smooth
stir in ketchup, sweet relish, cider vinegar, salt and sugar to taste

Balsamic vinagrette
1/4c balsamic vinegar blenderized/processed with 1 small ripe apple or pear till smooth (add water as needed- should be soupy)
Dijon mustard, herbs (tarragon, dill, basil, or whatever), sugar and salt to taste
blenderize everything together then add in 1/4c olive oil to homogenize

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Old 11-27-07, 09:40 PM   #4
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South Beach Diet Ranch is pretty good. I also like Kraft's light Zesty Italian.
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Old 11-27-07, 09:53 PM   #5
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Try the Newman's Own Lighten Up dressings. All of them I've had are pretty tasty, and they're all-natural. They also have an organic line with one or two light dressings as well. I'm partial to the light balsamic vinaigrette and ceasar. Good stuff.
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Old 11-27-07, 10:01 PM   #6
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I like the zesty Italian too.

I have found that.
low fat and tasty = mutually exclusive.
diet drinks and regular drinks = mutually exclusive.
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Old 11-27-07, 10:04 PM   #7
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Most honey mustard dressings are naturally fat free.
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Old 11-27-07, 10:09 PM   #8
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The best dressing in the world is......no dressing. Let the vegetables come alive!! Don't smother.
Ok, just my opinion, but you might want to try no dressing for a few months and see if you go back.
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Go with simple oil & vinegar. Natural, healthy, and you know the precise amount of each you're using.
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Oh... I also use mild salsa, the thick and chunky kind. It adds lots of flavor with very few calories and no fat.
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High fat oils such as olive oil, hemp seed oil, and walnut oil will help you burn fat, so don't overlook those.
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Old 11-28-07, 12:10 AM   #12
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Typically the Vinegarette dressings are you lowest in fat.

My favorite is Gerard (they come in kind of pyramid like shaped bottles)....they have a "spinach salad" or something like that which is SUPER YUMMY and pretty low in fat.
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Short answer is NO. There aren't any good low fat salad dressings to be had. If you read the labels the low fat dressings have so much proccessed rubish ingredients in them that some natural fat is the least of your worries.

Buy yourself some quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some nice vinegar and just splash them on to the salad in whatever proportions you like.

I've never read of ANYONE suggesting that a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be off your diet.

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Balsamic Vinegar, no oil, just the vinegar.
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Short answer is NO. There aren't any good low fat salad dressings to be had. If you read the labels the low fat dressings have so much proccessed rubish ingredients in them that some natural fat is the least of your worries.

Buy yourself some quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some nice vinegar and just splash them on to the salad in whatever proportions you like.

I've never read of ANYONE suggesting that a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil should be off your diet.

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Balsamic Vinegar, no oil, just the vinegar.
There's a great idea!!! Balsamic vinegar tastes great and is no fat!!
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Most greek dressings are basically oil/vinegar and spices. should not be too bad. here is one.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Absolut...ng/Detail.aspx

the recipe is scalable, scale it from 120 servings to 10 servings at the top of the page.
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Try the Newman's Own Lighten Up dressings. All of them I've had are pretty tasty, and they're all-natural. They also have an organic line with one or two light dressings as well. I'm partial to the light balsamic vinaigrette and ceasar. Good stuff.
I'll vouch for this stuff. I'm actually trying to gain weight so I prefer to consume high cal options when I can. However, of the off the shelf dressings, Newman's Own are among my favorites. Greek style dressings mentioned by another poster are another good way to go.
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lol, mix oil and vinegar. Oil makes me puke, or at least REALLY want to.

Needless to say, the low fat dressings taste significantly better to me!
As with all things in life, food especialy, quality is everything.

I wouldn't touch a pre-made salad dressing with a 10 foot barge pole. Even the ones that say they use extra virgin olive oil. If you read the labels carefuly you will notice that they have something like 15% EVOO and the rest is some cheap oil which is rubbish.

Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil ONLY on your salads along with a quality Balsamic, wine or apple cider vinegar. It makes a big difference.

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Fat doesn't make you fat- unless, of course, you eat too much of it. It's all about calories in vs. calories out. It basically doesn't matter where they come from (ducking from the Atkins afficionados...)
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Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil ONLY on your salads along with a quality Balsamic, wine or apple cider vinegar. It makes a big difference.
ABSOLUTELY. The fruitier the oil, the better. As to vinegar, I'd add rice vinegar to that list- especially seasoned (it has a little sugar and salt in it).
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