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Jun 4, 2010 09:34 PM

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.


              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

              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