Reader Stephanie emailed me asking about which salad dressings I use.
And we know I eat a butt ton lot of salads.
I like to use different dressings for different salads to keep it interesting so I don’t get sick of them, but these are three of my favorites that I always have in my house. and sometimes my hope chest:
Trader Joe’s Greek Style Feta Dressing, Farmhouse Originals Southwest Chipotle, and Ken’s Steak House Lite Poppy Seed.
My all-time favorite type of dressing is a spicy ranch. I want to sing lullabies to it, swan dive into it and carry a spoonful in a locket around my neck.
I buy a couple bottles at a time of this Southwest Chipotle from Walmart, I think it’s around $3.
100 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving.
It also has a really short, natural ingredient list:
But it tastes so good.
I use it on my Mexican-style salads: throw lettuce, avocado, black or pinto beans, tomatoes, salsa, corn, grilled chicken, and whatever else tickles your salad fancy in a bowl.
You can also make your own healthy tortilla strips by cutting up small corn tortillas into small strips, mist with Pam or olive oil and salt and bake until crispy.
And while on the boat yesterday, I found this Lite Southwest Ranch dressing; it’s the Fred Meyer brand which is like a Pacific Northwest Target/Walmart/grocery store-type store.
For my self-proclaimed “summer salads” I like to use a sweeter dressing like the Ken’s Lite Poppy Seed. There’s other brands of poppy seed dressing that are also good, like Brianna’s (my older bro and SIL love it), but I bought the Ken’s brand because it was a little cheaper.
I think you can get this dressing at pretty much any grocery store.
It has 100 cals and 6 grams of fat per serving.
Again, it’s not natural – it has high fructose corn syrup in it and a bunch of other unpronounceable things.
On my summer salads I use whatever fresh fruit I have in the house (blueberries, strawberries, cut up apple) and add feta cheese, sliced almonds, dried cranberries or cherries and sliced deli turkey meat.
The last dressing that I always have in my fridge is Trader Joe’s feta dressing. This stuff is really good and I’ll put it on any salad. or anything… my computer, my Barbie dolls, cut up vegetables.
It has 110 cals and 11 grams of fat per serving, but you can only get it at Trader Joe’s.
Like I said, none of these dressings are all natural and have crappy ingredients in them so it’d be healthiest to make your own dressing with red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, etc.
I’ve made dressings a couple times and haven’t liked any of them enough to even remember the recipe.
Does anyone have an easy, simple homemade salad dressing recipe?
What’s your favorite dressing?
*Also, when I go out to a restaurant, I always ask for the dressing on the side and then I dip my fork into it so I control how much I use.
*At home I usually put some dressing in a small Tupperware container and do the same thing so I’m not absentmindedly drenching my salad with liquid fat because then your “healthy” salad now becomes the calorie equivalent of a burger and fries.