On salad dressings, then: I haven't met a bottled, low-cal, low-fat salad dressing that I can tolerate yet, and I've tried them all. The ranches, and the vinaigrettes, and the no-calorie spritzes. I use salsa on mexican salads, a splash of balsamic on others. But I wanted a good, delicous dressing that didn't run ramshod over my beautiful salad, transforming it into merely "tolerable." Here's what I came up with:
Low-Fat Caesar Salad Dressing
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 t. anchovy paste
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup of low-fat mayo (I used the type made with olive oil)
- splash of worcestershire sauce
- juice from 1/2 lemon
Mix all of these ingredients together, and stir in:
- 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
Voila! It's garlicy and tangy and delicious.
This dressing, obviously, is not without calories. I calculate about 68 calories per tablespoon, but a tablespoon goes a long way if you toss the salad in the dressing to coat. With all of the other powerful flavors in the dressing, it might be ok if made with fat-free mayo also.