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The Holy Grail: Does anyone make a good fat-free salad dressing?

I love salad, but salad dressing has too much fat for my new Weight Watchers life style. I have been experimenting with various iterations of Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, but I am wondering if anyone has come up with a tasty, fat-free dressing that can be used liberally on salads and cold vegetables. I know that there are a plethora of bottled dressings out there, but out there is the US and I am in Egypt where there aren't any. Plus, I usually hate those things with weird guar gum texture and all sorts of nasty additives.

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  1. OPTION 1: Mix together buttermilk, fat-free sourcream and dijon mustard and combine with honey and rice vinegar. Diced garlic optional. Salt and pepper to taste.

    OPTION 2: Nonfat yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Blend together and refrigerate before using.

    1. One I like to make has no oil. I use either Dijon or stone-ground mustard mixed with cider vinegar and then grate a clove of garlic and shred a few carrots to mix in with my lettuce. This salad is very flavorful and the dressing is so creamy, most guests don't even notice there is no oil. Another I have made without oil uses tahini, but I am afraid that might be too high in fat for your needs. If you have fresh lemons available, often a salad will taste great with just a squeeze of lemon and some spices if you prefer. Best of luck; wish I knew some more.

      1. I know what you mean. i check ingredients very carefully for guar gum. Trader Joe's used to have a ff Red Wine Vinaigrette (based on Annie's, i think--or maybe the exact same as) that had no guar gum stuff in it and didn't have that yucky faux-fat texture. It was not bad. I haven't bought it in a while, though, so can't be sure they still have it. Also, you may not be near a TJ's. If not, look for Annie's version.

        An unasked-for suggestion: try a really good EV olive oil? A little goes a long way. :)

        1. I haven't been on Weight Watchers for a while, but are you maybe over thinking it? Restrict the amount of dressing instead of no dressing at all? You can make a wonderful dressing - 3 tablespoons good olive oil, one tablespoon good vinegar or lemon juice, a little salt and pepper, and a smidge of prepared dijon mustard. Whisk that very well and measure out one tablespoon to serve on your salad. That's all a one-person salad really needs to bind it together and it's less than 100 calories. I did the whole thing with trying to find good no-fat diet dressings... then I found that recipe, and using it every day didn't make a bit of difference to my weight loss. Good luck with your diet.

          1. How about a Japanese style - vinegar (mild rice), salt, and sugar? I use that on cucumbers, carrots, daikon, spinach. Toasted and partially ground sesame seeds are also used with this, though that's starting to add some fat.

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            1. re: paulj

              Here's a great Japanese lo-cal dressing recipe .... The big thing to remember is that you will need to restrict fats while you are dieting, but it's not healthy to cut them out entirely.

              Ingredients

              1/2 cup minced onion
              1/2 cup peanut oil
              1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
              2 tablespoons water
              2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
              2 tablespoons minced celery
              2 tablespoons ketchup
              4 teaspoons soy sauce
              2 teaspoons white sugar
              2 teaspoons lemon juice
              1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
              1/2 teaspoon salt
              1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
              Directions

              In a blender, combine the minced onion, peanut oil, rice vinegar, water, ginger, celery, ketchup, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper . Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ingredients are well-pureed.
              Nutritional Information

              Amount Per Serving Calories: 82 | Total Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg