Yummy No Cal Salad Dressing
Although a lot of commercial salad dressings contain plenty of fat and calories, homemade salad dressing recipes do not have to contain either. You can make a fat free salad dressing or you can make a low calorie one. In fact, you can even make a no cal salad dressing to drizzle over your healthy vegetables. Perhaps your salad is not that healthy and contains mouthwatering chunks of cheese, avocado, and other goodies, in which case a no cal salad dressing is the perfect way to finish the salad off, without adding any more calories to it.
Vinegar is a great base for a no cal salad dressing and you can add all kinds of things to it to give it flavor. Try using plum vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar or brown rice vinegar, or adding a splash of one of these to regular vinegar. Flavored vinegar does contain about three calories in a tablespoon but just a splash of it added to regular vinegar is barely going to add any calories at all. You can vary the spices too. Red pepper and curry powder, for example, add flavor without adding calories. If you are not keen on Splenda, you can use stevia in this recipe (stevia is a naturally sweet herb). Leave out the MSG too, if you do not like using it.
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Accent (Monosodium glutamate seasoning)
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 envelopes Splenda
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Shake all the ingredients together in a large jar, or whisk them in a bowl.
- Cover and chill the dressing for at least half an hour.
A lot of people assume salads are healthy but little do they know adding just a couple of tablespoons of dressing can add a lot of fat and calories. If you are looking for a low-calorie (pretty much calorie free) alternative, consider this flavorful dressing which is made with ingredients like mustard, garlic, balsamic vinegar, paprika, and more. It has plenty of flavor and will go with any kind of salad. Making this could not be simpler, since you just need to combine the ingredients together. Make sure you let the dressing sit in the refrigerator for a while before serving, so the flavors can mellow and blend.
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