A salad without its dressing is like a body without its soul. Without the dressing, a salad is nothing but a bunch of chopped up vegetables in a bowl. And nobody wants to munch on lackluster raw vegetables. Regardless of the taste, vegetables are an important part of our meal. This is the part of a meal that gives us all the important minerals and nutrients. So, we need to add them to our meals without a doubt. And the easiest way to consume vegetables is by making a salad out of them. But a salad can be a little hard to consume without an additional zing or flavor. Salad dressing is what makes a salad appetizing and palatable. A lot of people prefer to buy their salad dressings from outside. These bottled salad dressings might taste nice but they are full of artificial additives and sugar. And by adding these on to your salad, you undo all the health benefits that a salad provides. Some salad dressings are easy to make and are also healthy. There are many underrated salad dressings that we need to reconsider. Some of these might not seem very healthy but happen to be very healthy in reality. Here is a list of salad dressings that are easy to make and good for our health.
1. Tomato Basil Vinaigrette
This appetizing salad dressing is extremely easy to make and it can provide a flavorful twist to any salad. The light vinaigrette provides a subtle base for the meatiness of tomatoes and the herbal zing of basil leaves. Add some shallots in the mix to increase its density and flavor. Tomatoes are densely packed with nutrients and antioxidants. So, tomatoes can greatly increase the nutrient value of this dressing. Basil is a medicinally important herb which is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This dressing packs in a lot of Italian flavors without adding a lot of calories.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing
This salad dressing is perfect for a summer salad. It is sweet and tangy in taste that can make any salad appetizing. The ingredients for this salad dressing includes honey, apple cider vinegar, grapefruit juice and Dijon mustard. All these ingredients come together beautifully to give a sweet and tangy flavor to the dressing. This dressing is perfect for a side salad. You can also use this dressing for a light mixture of cucumber, avocado and lettuce. The best part about this dressing is that it is very easy to make. All you need to do is put all the ingredients in a container and shake them up.
3. Ginger Carrot Dressing
This salad dressing is made up of Asian ginger, carrot, garlic, onions, peanut oil, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Apart from all these, there is also tomato paste in this dressing which adds to the texture. This salad dressing will remind you of the side salad that comes with every bowl of miso soup that comes before sushi. This Asian dressing is a wonderful and flavorful way to dress a bowl of salad. The ingredients present in this dressing make it both tasty as well as healthy. It is filled with nutrient-rich super-foods like tomatoes, carrots and medicinally important condiments like garlic and ginger.
4. Skinny Caesar Salad Dressing
This is a very healthy as well as tasty dressing that you won’t regret binging on. Chef Candice Kumai found the perfect recipe to make Caesar salad dressing healthy as well as delicious. You won’t have to worry about the calories after eating this Caesar salad because there is no unhealthy mayonnaise in this dressing. Instead of mayo, the chef recommends using non-fat Greek yogurt along with other ingredients like olive oil, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced cloves and ground black pepper. Put all these ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip them all good to make a perfect skinny Caesar salad dressing.
No need to buy your dressing from outside anymore. Create your salad dressing at home and enjoy your salad.