Friday, December 15

5 Low Fat Raw Salad Dressings

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One of the most common questions I receive is how to make healthy, low fat raw salad dressings that actually taste good!

Well these 5 raw recipes taste pretty good to me so I thought I’d share them with you! 😀

#1: Tangy Tomato Dressing

  • 2 cups pineapple

  • 1 cup tomato

  • 1 cup cucumber

Blend and pour over your favorite greens!

#2: Ridiculously Delicious Dressing

  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes

  • 1 Ataulfo (yellow) mango*

  • Handful of fresh cilantro

*Ataulfo mangoes are much creamier than the more common Kent or Tommy varieties.  I find them to be much tastier as well.

Cut the tomatoes into quarters and place into a blender.  Peel and chop the mango into large pieces, close to the size of the tomato quarters.  Place the mango pieces in the blender.  Chop the cilantro and place in the blender.

Lightly pulse. Don’t blend it too much or it will get bubbly and yucky.

I especially like to eat this as a sauce over spiralized zucchini or yellow squash.  You just can’t beat the summertime mango-tomato-cilantro combo!

#3: Not-So-Pretty Pistachio Dressing

  • 2 medium tomatoes

  • Half of 1 medium cucumber

  • 1 oz pistachios

Coarsely chop everything and blend.

I like to pour this over romaine lettuce and spiraled cucumber.  It’s a nice savory alternative to the usual sweet and fruity dressings.

And you’ll know the reason for the name once you make the recipe. 😉

#4: Orange You Glad You Saved That Avocado?

  • Half of one Hass avocado

  • 8 oz orange juice

Mash the avocado and OJ with a fork to combine.  Mix with shredded cabbage, celery, and/or carrot for a healthy raw slaw.

This one is actually a recipe from The 80/10/10 Diet that I tried last winter when the delicious Valencia oranges were in season.  I’m looking forward to trying it again real soon!

#5: Totally Chicken-Less Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups of red, black, or concord grapes

  • 1 cup of chopped fennel fronds

  • Fresh dill

Put the grapes in first, then blend everything.

This recipe was actually inspired by traditional chicken salad, which usually has grapes, celery, and dill.  I replaced the celery with fennel because I like the anise flavor.  If you can’t find fennel or you don’t like the taste, feel free to use celery instead.

You could easily chop all the ingredients instead of blend them and eat the mixture on its own for a more authentic “chicken salad.”

Enjoy the recipes and feel free to share your own favorite healthy raw salad dressings below!


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