DIY: Dress up your salads with homemade salad dressing

Sick of buying pre-made salad dressings? Now you can make your own. Just follow this simple ratio:

– 2 parts olive or canola oil

– 1 part acid, such as vinegar, lemon or lime juice, or Dijon mustard

– salt and pepper

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Below are a few recipes for homemade salad dressings

Simple Salad Dressing

– 3 tbsp olive oil

– 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

– 1 tsp salt

– 1/4 tsp pepper

* Use this dressing with chicken, pork, orange, apple, pear, grapes, carrots, celery, mushroom, almond, walnut, sunflower seeds, bell peppers, cheddar, Monterrey jack

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Honey Mustard

– 6 tbsp mustard

– 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or cider vinegar

– 1 1/2 tbsp honey

– 1 tsp oil

– salt and pepper to taste

* Use this dressing with fish, shellfish, chicken, pork, black beans, mangos, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, peppers (sweet or hot), carrots, asparagus, corn, avocados, nuts, tomatoes

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Citrus Dressing

– 2 tbsp lime, lemon, or orange juice

– 3-4 tbsp oil

– salt and pepper to taste

* Use this dressing with chicken, pork, beef, fish (try salmon), white beans, apples, pears, cranberries, strawberries, figs, green beans, mushrooms, beets, raisins, almonds, walnuts, asparagus, potatoes, tomatoes, Parmesan, feta

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

– 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

– 3-4 tbsp oil

– salt and pepper to taste

* Use this dressing with chicken, pork, beef, cucumber, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, green beans, zucchini

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Salads can be very healthy as long as you choose the right dressing. If you can’t make your own salad dressing, then use the tips below for picking out a healthy salad dressing

– Don’t fall for the fat free dressings. To make up for the lack of fat, more sugars must be added. So these dressings are often quite high in sugar.

– Speaking of sugar content, choose dressings that have 3 grams or less sugar per serving. Otherwise you may as well be eating candy for dinner.

– Watch the sodium content. Many dressings are quite high in sodium so look for one’s that have 150 mg or less of sodium per serving.

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Bon appetite!

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