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Try it Thursday: Dress Up Your Salad in a Healthy Way!

Building a beautiful healthy green salad can quickly be sabotaged or glorified by the dressing you choose!salad
When shopping for store-bought salad dressings, there are a few key rules I like to follow.
salad fixingsI look for extra-virgin olive oil as a base and a short ingredient list. I also check sodium (<300 mg per 2 TB) and sugar (<3 grams per 2 TB) and avoid any high fructose corn syrup. As with any processed foods try to avoid synthetic food colors, such as Yellow 5 & 6, and also caramel color, (as you seen in the news could be a potential carcinogen).

I tend to stick with Annie’s Organic Dressings, or Brianna’s Salad Dressings.
A little goes a long way with these flavorful dressings, so be sure not to go over the serving size if you even need that much!

Some favorite homemade salad dressings:

The easy way out…
Oil and vinegar is always a healthy, quick, and easy way to dress your salad. Even while dining out, you can skip the house dressing and ask for oil and vinegar on the side! #goodhabit

Here are two of my all-time favorites I like to make at home.

Sweet Maple Vinaigrette
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
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For salads topped with salmon, strawberry spinach salads or just a sweet dressing for dipping veggies, reach for this low calorie Maple Vinegarette
  • ½ cup White Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Organic Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Maple Extract
Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
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This dressing is great with chopped kale salads, for marinades or in chicken wraps.
  • ¼ cup White Rice Vinegar
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 2 TB 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 TB Honey
  • 1 fresh Lemon squeezed
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seed
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Small Packets Stevia
Here is a great resource for some flavorful and zesty dressings you can whip up in no time at home from eatingwell.com.salad 2

What do you dress your salad with?
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