Anyone have fat-free salad flavoring ideas?

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gnat824

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Posted: 03 Feb 2011, 22:49
Invest in GOOD balsamic vinegar- it makes such a difference. You can get some pretty decent stuff at Trader Joe's without spending too much- I've picked up some other tasty vinegars there as well that let you shake it up while keeping it low cal. I'm also a big fan of fresh fruit on my salad- strawberries and apples are my favorites (both going really well is balsamic), but grapefruit and oranges are also good. If nothing else, a sweeter salad is a good variation. You can also make good salads with grapefruit and fennel- spinach goes well with this if you still want the greens. For a greek salad, I'll dress with fresh lemon, a little olive oil, and a bunch of oregano and pepper- add some banana peppers, cucumber, sun dried tomatoes (or fresh ones, which I don't like) and a sprinkle of fat free feta and you have a great salad. Top with tuna and its a meal.

Broccoli slaw also makes a tasty salad- make it with plain yogurt instead of mayo and you can season it up a million different ways. Just another way to mix it up so that you don't get bored with your options.
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fawkesmom

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Posted: 04 Feb 2011, 10:56
I find adding something acidic helps me get down the veggies. Sometimes I squeeze half a lime over it. The other thing I make sure to do is use high quality lettuce and I try to add some interesting things for variety, like pieces of heirloom tomatoes or fresh raspberries. Just a few go a long way towards flavor without adding many calories.
Sweetalot

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Posted: 04 Feb 2011, 11:00
I rarely use dressings. Most times, I simply sprinkle sodium-free spices. Other than that, I use a mixture of Light Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar.
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katielynn

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Posted: 04 Feb 2011, 11:02
Try peach or raspberry salsa on a salad- yum!
CherBear52

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Posted: 04 Feb 2011, 11:04
Look for Walden Farms or Trader Joe's Calorie free or Fat free dressings. All that I have tried are very good. Look in the produce department.
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lisakp71

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 15:24
I just briefly scanned, so I hope I'm not repeating - but my favorite salsa-y salad dressing is a mixture of salsa, fat free sour cream (I love "the cow one" as my kids call it. I think it's Naturally Yours?), and a generous squeeze of lime juice. Creamy, tangy, and a little spicy - love it!
Hoser

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Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 15:46
I don't eat salads, but it just occurred to me that Japanese rice seasonings might be good sprinkled on salads. They're essentially dried seaweed, sesame seeds, and some sort of shaved dried fish, in a dry form that you sprinkle onto foods.

This would provide flavor with very little or no fat, though it's not a dressing-type thing.

Do a web search on "furikake" for more information. My favorite is katsuo fumi furikake.
La_Belle_Vie

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Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 14:07
I mix plain yogurt with a little garlic salt and Ms. Dash. It's amazing in every way.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 16:53
Straight up balsamic vinegar- any flavor will do. I buy specialty ones that come in various flavors, like honey ginger or cranberry pear, but also use regular store bought. I don't mix w/ oil, so it basically has 5-10 calories.
eKatherine

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Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 17:00
I don't do fat-free. The body needs fat.
raneroni2

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Posted: 08 Mar 2013, 18:57
Balsamic vinegar mixed with yellow mustard. It has lots of flavor...you won't miss the fat.



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