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Mar 1, 2011 12:16 PM

Looking for very low fat salad dressing recipes

I'm on WW and don't really care for most of the store-bought fat-free and extremely low-fat dressings available. They are usually way too sweet. On WW, fats take up a lot of points so I'd like to find a dressing I can enjoy without being penalized

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  1. I mix balsamic vinegar (good quality is important), minced red onions, freshly ground pepper and sea salt, lemon juice

    1. I've enjoyed homemade buttermilk-based dressings, sans mayo. I can't say that following a recipe is my strong suit (I get a little too creative for my own good), but I wish you luck in finding a good one.

      1. The lowest fat sour light cream you can find, with a little lemon juice and some garlic powder, plus some fresh chopped parsley. I'm a sucker for creamy dressings...

        This one is also lovely -
        ¼ cup Paul Newman's light balsamic viniagrette
        ¼ cup frozen raspberries
        ½ teasp wholegrain mustard
        ¼ cup white vinegar
        1 splenda tablet, crushed

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        1. re: ursy_ten

          I've made this recently and really think it's super tasty:

          *Ranch Dressing

          1/3 cup nonfat Greek style yogurt, or strained yogurt
          1/3 cup (or less) lowfat buttermilk – use to desired consistency
          3 Tablespoons mayonnaise (or omit for lower fat)
          1 teaspoon or more lemon juice
          1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
          1/2 teaspoon onion powder or 2 T. fresh green onion, minced
          1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic
          ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
          plenty of chopped fresh parsley, fresh dill , celery leaves, chives as desired
          * Salt or Thai style fish sauce to taste (it’s much better with the fish sauce!)


          In a medium bowl, combine the strained or Greek-style yogurt and the rest of the ingredients. Add salt, or fish sauce, whisk thoroughly to taste. Let stand for at least a couple of hours if possible to meld flavors.

        2. Here's a dressing using non-fat Greek yogurt as a base...includes 1/2 TB of evoo but you could probably omit that entirely....

          1. I slice onions very thin and put them in my prepared salad in the fridge - the flavor gets distribute and I only need dressing if my actual veg are very dry, then I just use a little balsamic or red wine vinegar.

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            1. re: saturdaysmouse

              I do something similar. I sometimes save the juice from cans of diced tomatoes that I use in other recipes and put it on my salad, except in the summer when I can get tomatoes off the vine. My family likes creamy dressings but I don't need much beyond some ripe tomatoes and onions for flavor. I don't need (or like) vinegar at all unless it's like 5 tbs oil to 1/2 tbs vinegar so I don't have to taste the vinegar.