Tip of the Day
Dress Up Your Salad Dressing
Grocery stores contain a wide variety of salad dressings perfect for any salad you’re serving. Reap all of the nutritional rewards salads offer by choosing a dressing that compliments your flavors and your health goals.
For less fat, choose salad dressings labeled “light,” “reduced-fat,” “low-calorie” or “fat-free.” For example, fat-free dressings usually have 5 to 20 calories per tablespoon and no fat, compared to 75 calories and 6 to 8 grams of fat per tablespoon of regular salad dressing. However, even foods low in fat can be high in calories, so check the label.
Another option is to use dry dressing blends to make your own salad dressing. Doing this allows you to control the amount and type of oil and vinegar you add. Usually, you can use less oil and more vinegar, water or other flavorful liquid than the directions call for.
For more information on healthful food shopping, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Food Shopping and Meal Planning section.
Receive the Tip of the Day RSS Feed!