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Old 01-03-2007, 02:26 PM   #1
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I am trying my hand at having no processed foods to bring my body to better health and I will be eating a lot of salads for the next 8 weeks (cleansing diet) well i noticed how many calories and salt are in commercial salad dressings. So i thought i might ask you guys who are all into cooking and experimenting who might have some salad dressings that they enjoyed making. I have a couple but they're going to get old really quick

balsamic cilantro dressing:
1/2 c balsamic vinegar
1/4 c water
juice of 3 limes
1 c chopped fresh cilantro
1tbs minced garlic (not the dried stuff)

I do a variation of the above and use 1 lemon and italian seasoning and omit the limes and cilantro

So, any of you have some yummy flavorful dressing recipes? I will still use my ginger seseme dressing because its only 35 cals per serving and its like crack for me.. i LOVE it
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:04 PM   #2
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I've always liked the avocado salsa at El Pollo Loco, which is a chain of grilled chicken restaurants here in California. I wasn't able to find nutritional info on it, but I had read somewhere that it had 50 calories/tablespoon. Here's the recipe.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:31 PM   #3
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I have never been to their restaurants since i'm a vegetarian but i think i'm going to try that recipe with my friday taco salad dinner. The higher calories are most likely due to the avocado. i love avocados. thanks for the recipe

I have been scouring online for home made dressings. i found a few that i'm going to try. I really want to keep this as new and exciting as i can so i dont stop it before the 8 weeks is up.
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Here is one I really like, a little bit sweet and sour.

1/4 cup canola oil
3-4 tablespoons pear infused white balsamic vinegar
pinch fleur de sel or other good salt
1/4 tsp or so fresh ground white pepper
very finely sliced or minced white of one scallion
a few drops of honey

I like to use this one with mixed greens. Sometimes I use raspberry vinegar and use it on fresh sliced beets. Sometimes I use plain vinegar and no honey and use it on cucumbers.

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Duuuh.... just read that you're vegetarian, Megan.

If you want to make a sweet/sour viniagrette like I posted just substitute a pinch of cane sugar (the rich brown unrefined kind) for the honey. The balsamic vinegar is sweet on its own, but a teensy bit of sweetness added really brings out the fruity notes.

Also, here is one I make all the time. It involves dairy though. I get the good multiple active cultures organic plain yogurt, and add a packet of the herbal dip mix like you get in Whole Foods. I use it as a dipping sauce or thin it a bit with milk and have dressing. I think it's a healthier alternative to packaged dips and ranch dressing. I also like to dip chicken into it, coat in breadcrumbs and bake.

I am making the balsamic cilantro dressing asap. If something has cilantro in it, and limes too? I am ALL OVER it! I bet it would be an amazing marinade too.

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Old 01-04-2007, 04:02 PM   #6
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Duuuh.... just read that you're vegetarian, Megan.

If you want to make a sweet/sour viniagrette like I posted just substitute a pinch of cane sugar (the rich brown unrefined kind) for the honey. The balsamic vinegar is sweet on its own, but a teensy bit of sweetness added really brings out the fruity notes.

Also, here is one I make all the time. It involves dairy though. I get the good multiple active cultures organic plain yogurt, and add a packet of the herbal dip mix like you get in Whole Foods. I use it as a dipping sauce or thin it a bit with milk and have dressing. I think it's a healthier alternative to packaged dips and ranch dressing. I also like to dip chicken into it, coat in breadcrumbs and bake.

I am making the balsamic cilantro dressing asap. If something has cilantro in it, and limes too? I am ALL OVER it! I bet it would be an amazing marinade too.

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I'll try my hand at your recipe.. it might be good on my salad that i put some fruit in (the sweet of the fruit could mean omitting the honey or sugar)

The cilantro dressing is yummy and flavorful. i have actually made salads with primarily cilantro and romaine lettuce with tomatillos, black olives, avocado and that dressing without the cilantro. Most people poo poo the idea of cilantro as a lettuce type substitute in a salad but they always LOVE my salad

so far I'm doing well with salads for my main course. I'm coming down from my sugar addiction though.. i still crave mac n cheese big time but that will pass with time too.
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never really tried many, but rachael ray seems to make a new salad dressing every time I watch her show and the things i've tried from her are great; hope this helps
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When we were in Victoria last summer we went to this place that was recommended to us for fish and chips (deservedly). It came with a tossed green salad that had a yummy dressing. When we asked if we could buy it the waitress told uss how to make it.

Fresh minced garlic
2 parts fresh lemon juice
1 part good extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together until emulsified, add salt and pepper to taste. It's pretty darn good on steamed asparagus too.
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Hi Megan

I found this site which has several nice dressing recipes. My favourite is the classic balsamic one, I tend to make that at home all the time, although I do like honey and mustard, which is weird as normally I like neither honey nor mustard! They also have nice salad ideas here too.

Good luck

http://www.bringonthesalads.com/reci...-recipes.shtml
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I don't measure, sorry.

olive oil
balsamic vinegar
orange juice white wine
lawry's garlice salt


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OOOOOOOO good topic!
I remember my mom used to always make her own dressing when I was a kid- I thought it was called "Russian dressing" but she told me recently that it was home version of Catalina. I can't remember all the ingredients anymore but seems like it was only three..... mayo, lemon juice and something else...

Also, in this area, there are a lot of farms so the farmer's markets always have homemade dressings for sale. Some good stuff!

***All the recipes I read here seem to be "vinegarette" or vinegar and oil type of dressings
Does anyone have any for creamy type dressings?
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