The word “salad” doesn’t necessarily mean low in calories or fat. In fact, salads that are heavily-laden with creamy, oily dressings can contain more fat and calories than a piece of cake or pie. The following are 5 healthy tips for lowering the calories and fat in salads and salad dressings.
1. Dijon mustard adds a delicious spark to oil and vinegar dressings.
2. When a recipe calls for sour cream, substitute with plain lowfat or nonfat yogurt.
3. Experiment with vinegar or lemon juice and different spices on a tossed salad.
4. Read the labels carefully on bottled dressings. Many are high in saturated fat, calories, and sodium.
5. Make mayonnaise-type salads, such as coleslaw, a day ahead, using less mayonnaise than the recipe calls for. You’ll be amazed at how much liquid is drawn out of the vegetables while they marinate overnight.