salad dressing

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    Oct 27, 2010 7:57 AM GMT
    OK guys, sorry if I'm sounding like a whiny baby: my nutritionist is outlawing ranch dressing from my diet (well, basically almost all dairy except plain Greek yogurt.) And I realize it's not the healthiest topping; but it's really the only salad dressing I like on a consistent basis. She wants me to use vinaigrette, which I just never developed the taste for -- in fact, I don't even like most other creamy style dressings either. I didn't want to look like a combative client, so I agreed to give vinaigrette a try; but I know I can only tolerate it for so long. Any suggestions on how I can go back and present her with different alternatives? I am supposed to fill up on unlimited vegetables, so salads is going to play a big part of my diet; "learning to like it" isn't really an option because I've already tried many, many times in the past.

    Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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    Oct 27, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    When I was on a strict diet because of my cholesterol I always used lemon juice. You should give that a try.
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    Oct 27, 2010 3:57 PM GMT
    Ken's Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette and Lite Ceasar are awesome. Lots of flavor and just a little does it.

    I think you should try working with the nutritionist on just exactly what it is that makes Ranch so bad. Also work on portion size. Two tablespoons is the standard portion, but most people use much more. Maybe you could cut back to a small portion and still agree to try some other dressings.

    Also, why are you seeing a nutritionist? Weight loss? Medical issues? Just wanna?
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    You can try Almond milk as a substitute for dairy, it might not be the greatest thing ever but I'm sure you can mimic something that walks and talks like rach dressing.
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:15 PM GMT
    You can also make your own salad dressing at home, which is what I do. I take 'equal' parts olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar or red wine, maybe some white wine vinegar, and whatever spices you like such as pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic, etc., mix together and presto.

    I consider Ranch dressing to be a creation of the devil and vile in God's eyes! icon_wink.gif J/k!!!
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Um... how much salad dressing do you use? I'd figure it out on a calories/grams fat basis and if it's insignificant, call him out on it. If it IS significant... think about it.

    Some of my... "larger" friends seem to think that "ranch" is a beverage. They took me to a tavern this summer where each plate was served with a bowl of ranch to dip fried things into. *shudder*
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidUm... how much salad dressing do you use? I'd figure it out on a calories/grams fat basis and if it's insignificant, call him out on it. If it IS significant... think about it.

    Some of my... "larger" friends seem to think that "ranch" is a beverage. They took me to a tavern this summer where each plate was served with a bowl of ranch to dip fried things into. *shudder*


    Too funny! Don't forget about Catalina, Thousand Island, Ceasar, and any other dressing consisting of various corn syrup solids and strange dyes.

    'Waitress, could I have a large 64oz. Ranch with a Thousand Island back?'
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    Hey... I likes me some catalina. And bleu. Once in a while.

    But there are other ways to add interest and flavor to salads. I often sprinkle in some dried cranberries and raw almonds with touch of vinaigrette, for example.
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    Oct 27, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    I dont see the big problem with using salad dressing every now and then. If you like it, use a lower fat variety that does not have too much extra sugar, just watch how much you use and everything in moderation. The nutritionist should not be telling you that you can never have the salad dressing that you like.
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 27, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    yea I love ranch, I'm really obsessed with it lol, I realize it's not the healthiest option, but I've still lost weight recently...maybe you should try light ranch, and watch how much you use...
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    Oct 27, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    You can make a tasty ranch salad dressing using plain greek yogurt as a base...
    greek yogurt
    lemon juice
    black pepper
    season salt
    dried parsley,thyme,oregano and garlic powder
    grated onion
    touch of tabasco
    touch of worchestire sauce
    water to thin it out

    thats it,its very good...
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    Oct 27, 2010 6:03 PM GMT
    do you HAVE to have dairy? Why not just put on some olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper... taste enough for me
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    Oct 27, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Go homemade! Seriously, after I started making my own salad dressings I have stopped buying them.

    My absolute favorite is a Caesar dressing that just tastes so fresh and delicious. I take this recipe and multiply it by about 4 times, blend it all together in a food processor and just keep it in my fridge for about 3 weeks or so.

    * 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    * 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    * 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    * 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons minced anchovy fillets [I use anchovy paste instead]
    * 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    * 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    It has this great Caesar flavor but is not gloppy and is infinitely more healthy than the store bought kind. So refreshing and it would taste fantastic on any type of salad.

    For homemade vinaigrettes just remember the rule of four to one: olive oil to vinegar. Play with different types of vinegars.

    Another great vinaigrette is a champagne vinegar and honey based one I make.

    * 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
    * 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    * 2 teaspoons honey
    * 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    * Ground white pepper
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    Oct 30, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    I Still can't get over how people can put lemon juice on their salad. I tried it once and wanted to vomit,too sour for me.

    Hand full of Seedless purple grapes
    Some sunflower seeds. 2 teaspoons should be enough.
    1 Tomato sliced
    1 fuji apple sliced or any other apple of choice.
    A small pinch of shredded cheese.
    For salad I used spinach leafs mixed with some other express salad mix.
    -Sometimes I would add my steak or chicken breast to the salad and it was pretty good, Because I put tomatoes & grapes in the salad there was no need for a salad dressing. Also, The saltiness from the seeds & the sweetness from the grapes was pretty amazing together.

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    Oct 31, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    I usually eat salad plain (no dressing) or with a small amount of olive oil.