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  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member
    I order some dressings from Thrive Market on-line. Don’t know if they ship overseas.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    LyndaBSS wrote: »
    cottage cheese or yoghurt, variety of fresh herbs, lemon juice, capers for a bit of zap or ginger for a bit of zing. Voila!

    I’d actually never thought about putting fresh herbs in a salad! Genius! 🥗

    Reaelly? I dump a handlful of fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, dill, chive etc. every time. Fresh herbs can do soooo much to any dish.

    What can I say? I’m a slow learner. 😆

    Just added them to my grocery list.
    edited November 13
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,435Member Member Posts: 7,435Member Member
    LyndaBSS wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    LyndaBSS wrote: »
    cottage cheese or yoghurt, variety of fresh herbs, lemon juice, capers for a bit of zap or ginger for a bit of zing. Voila!

    I’d actually never thought about putting fresh herbs in a salad! Genius! 🥗

    Reaelly? I dump a handlful of fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, dill, chive etc. every time. Fresh herbs can do soooo much to any dish.

    What can I say? I’m a slow learner. 😆

    Just added them to my grocery list.

    Their sweet things are great. Love their pancake, chocolate and caramel things. But the rest of their offering, hell no. And I have tried them all, because I like to know what I am talking about hehe.
  • fnarrrrrrfnarrrrrr Posts: 9Member Member Posts: 9Member Member
    I use lemon juice, smoked salt and dried parsley as a quick dressing for salad or steamed green vegetables.
    Sometimes I add nori flakes (seaweed) to the above it gives a depth of flavour .
    Sometimes I add pickled vegetables in a salad and a bit of extra pickle juice as dressing.
    Hope this helps someone! I am also trying to use dressings which don’t have oil in.
  • sheldonz42sheldonz42 Posts: 231Member Member Posts: 231Member Member
    I often use just plain balsamic vinegar, which you could probably get there.
  • jrochestjrochest Posts: 116Member Member Posts: 116Member Member
    If you do a google search for "low calorie salad dressings -yogurt" you get an interesting selection -- the "-" tag lets you exclude a particular item from a search. Useful if you have allergies or just hate things, like pinterest.

    Using beans, blended cottage cheese or broth as a base seems to be the trick for many of these.

    https://myplantbasedfamily.com/2014/04/30/creamy-italian-salad-dressing-oil-free/

    https://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/10/Zero-Calorie-Dressing73911.shtml

    https://www.thespruceeats.com/low-calorie-asian-salad-dressing-2238967
    edited November 13
  • armyvet25armyvet25 Posts: 48Member Member Posts: 48Member Member
    Apple cider vinegar-2tbsp = 6-10 calories, add whatever fruit you were already incorporating in your salad, berries etc, blend, pour on salad, add some cracked pepper if you like or other spices, literally, not adding calories to your healthy salad, basically, make your own flavored vinaigrette's. You said you like creamy etc, as long as your ok with adding 40-50 cal, sour cream, same process with fruit.
    edited November 13
  • MichSmishMichSmish Posts: 1,670Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,670Member, Premium Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    Do you have Walden Farms?

    Except that their salad dressings are disgusting. Just horrible stuff.

    YEP. They literally taste like vomit.
  • MichSmishMichSmish Posts: 1,670Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,670Member, Premium Member
    I use the bolthouse farms yogurt dressings, so unfortunately I’m no help OP! 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • kenyonhaffkenyonhaff Posts: 1,247Member Member Posts: 1,247Member Member
    A little apple cider vinegar adds zing with no calories.
  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member Posts: 6,788Member, Premium Member
    MichSmish wrote: »
    I use the bolthouse farms yogurt dressings, so unfortunately I’m no help OP! 🤷🏼‍♀️

    I absolutely love these, especially the cucumber ranch. 💕
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Posts: 1,864Member Member Posts: 1,864Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    LyndaBSS wrote: »
    cottage cheese or yoghurt, variety of fresh herbs, lemon juice, capers for a bit of zap or ginger for a bit of zing. Voila!

    I’d actually never thought about putting fresh herbs in a salad! Genius! 🥗

    Reaelly? I dump a handlful of fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, dill, chive etc. every time. Fresh herbs can do soooo much to any dish.

    Basil is great in salads too, I'm going to miss it in winter! Parsley is dying off too but it's easy to find in stores.
  • etguillemetteetguillemette Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    I like using mustard as a base, particularly if I can find some that doesn't have added salt. I usually mix it up with some fresh squeezed lemon juice, or maybe some hot sauce. Lemon, mustard and hot sauce are usually so low calorie as to be essentially 0 calorie (legally in the states you can list anything under 5 calories as 0 calorie).

    Though truth be told I what I do most often is mix fresh avocado with lemon juice, muddle it up into a sort of backwards guacamole, and toss it on salad. It's not low-calorie, but it's a great use of calories. Also, you get a fat in there without losing all the fiber and nutrients.

    But I'd really suggest home-made over store bought. In a low-calorie dressing, the 30 cals could be coming from anything. Maybe half a teaspoon of olive oil, but maybe 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • busyPKbusyPK Posts: 3,190Member Member Posts: 3,190Member Member
    One of my favorite "dressings" on salads is actually salsa. You can make your own, but I get store bought stuff.
  • kelly_c_77kelly_c_77 Posts: 5,599Member Member Posts: 5,599Member Member
    I use vinegar, mustard, and spices (garlic powder or onion powder, salt or seasoned salt, ). I also love using the leftover pickle juice once my pickles are gone.
    Also agree with salsa, hot sauce, or bragg's liquid aminos.
  • flotek72flotek72 Posts: 494Member Member Posts: 494Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    Do you have Walden Farms?

    Except that their salad dressings are disgusting. Just horrible stuff.

    It's not going to taste like something that has 120 calories, but it is decent enough to enjoy. To each their own.
  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 7,435Member Member Posts: 7,435Member Member
    flotek72 wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    Do you have Walden Farms?

    Except that their salad dressings are disgusting. Just horrible stuff.

    It's not going to taste like something that has 120 calories, but it is decent enough to enjoy. To each their own.

    But thats the thing. You CANNOT enjoy this unless your taste buds are shot. Its like tasting chemistry lab.
    There are plenty of low calorie dressing for 20cal/tbsp that actually taste good.
  • Go_DeskerciseGo_Deskercise Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    Do you have Walden Farms?

    Except that their salad dressings are disgusting. Just horrible stuff.

    It's not going to taste like something that has 120 calories, but it is decent enough to enjoy. To each their own.

    But thats the thing. You CANNOT enjoy this unless your taste buds are shot. Its like tasting chemistry lab.
    There are plenty of low calorie dressing for 20cal/tbsp that actually taste good.

    Like the dressing I commented with "Marzetti Simply 60 dressings are delicious and have 60 calories/2 tbsp"
  • xelsooxelsoo Posts: 152Member Member Posts: 152Member Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    flotek72 wrote: »
    Do you have Walden Farms?

    Except that their salad dressings are disgusting. Just horrible stuff.

    It's not going to taste like something that has 120 calories, but it is decent enough to enjoy. To each their own.

    But thats the thing. You CANNOT enjoy this unless your taste buds are shot. Its like tasting chemistry lab.
    There are plenty of low calorie dressing for 20cal/tbsp that actually taste good.

    I'm always surprised by the fact people think Walden Farms tastes "ok". Positive reviews are the reason I ever gave them a go, and it was such a disappointment. Again, to each his own but I wouldn't recommend the OP to make that investment seeing as it's more expensive to ship to NZ and there's a high probability she'll find the taste of chemicals unappealing.

    As for all the recipe suggestions with yogurt, you can try to substitute for cream cheese, cottage cheese or silken tofu. This last one is the soft variety of tofu, which can be easily whipped into a cream, but you have to add a lot of flavorful herbs, spices, mustard, tahini, lemon juice etc of your liking to make it taste nice. If you nail the taste, the texture will be great with this.
  • oktoberostoktoberost Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    I personally just use some white/red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar. No oil. No calories. You can easily add some herbs/spices in with it to pump up the flavor.
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