Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthier Toppings

Since last week I wrote about toppings for desserts, I thought this week I should right about healthier toppings.....toppings for your salads.
Now don't get nervous, these are tasty, too! Plus you need a good, wholesome dressing to help your body take in all the good things in those salads. No point eating your vegetables if your body isn't getting the healthy stuff from them, right!?!

Italian Dressing

3/4 tsp. lemon pepper (don't have it? go HERE!)
1/8 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. dry pectin (optional - use if you like a thicker dressing)
1 pinch dried oregano
1/4 c. vinegar
3 Tbsp. water
1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all dry ingredients in jar or bottle. Add vinegar, water, and oil. Shake well before each use.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. buttermilk (don't have any? use scant 1/4 cup milk and stir in a little lemon juice or vinegar)
3 Tbsp. sour cream
2 scallions, chopped
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Whisk together all ingredients in mixing bowl. Transfer dressing to airtight container and refrigerate until serving time (at least 30 minutes).

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