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How Do I Choose the Best Healthy Salad Dressing?

Salad greens.
Low calorie salad dressing is available in nearly every flavor of regular dressing.
Making a salad dressing with low or non-fat yogurt is a healthy option.
Selecting olive oil-based dressings is a healthier option than some other oils.
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  • Last Modified Date: 22 July 2014
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When choosing a healthy salad dressing, there are many factors involved in making the best decision. There are many types of healthy salad dressings, and although many are mass produced, it is possible to find healthy recipes to make at home. The most important aspect to consider is your own idea of what healthy is.

The first thing you should determine is what you consider to be a healthy salad dressing. Some people consider dressings that do not have excessive fat or sugar contents to be healthy. Other people consider dressings to be healthy if they have certain amounts of vitamins, nutrients, or other beneficial ingredients. Additionally, some people may want all-natural salad dressings that contain no additives such as preservatives or artificial coloring. No matter which type you choose, it is a good idea to consider your dietary needs to make the best selection.

When selecting a healthy salad dressing, a vital decision to make is whether you want to purchase a pre-made dressing or if you want to prepare it yourself. Some people feel that the healthiest salad dressing is one they make themselves. If you make the dressing from a recipe, you will have greater control of what exactly goes into it. Some manufactured dressing labels may state that they are healthy, but they could contain additives or preservatives which some people wish to avoid.

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It is possible to obtain a healthy salad dressing that is mass produced. Keep in mind, however, that many healthy dressings may have a slightly higher price than regular salad dressing. When buying a healthy dressing for salad from a grocery store or other food market, the most important thing to do is to carefully read the ingredients list and the supplied nutritional information. For instance, a salad dressing may claim to be fat free, but a closer inspection may reveal that it is only free of one or two types of fat and high in another kind of fat. A dressing also may claim to be natural or organic, which does not necessarily mean that it will meet your standards for healthfulness.

Many people have special diets that guide their choices when choosing healthy salad dressing. For some people, a healthy salad dressing is one that has certain types of fat or a lower number of calories than regular dressing, while other people may look for lower carbohydrate, cholesterol, or sugar contents to meets their dietary requirements. Other people find that a simple salad dressing is healthiest, such as a mix of oil and vinegar. The type of oil used, however, is of critical importance because some types of fat are healthier than others.

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Grivusangel
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Well, if you make salad dressing yourself, you know exactly what goes into it. I find that olive oil based salad dressings are the healthiest for me. Sometimes, I like a simple red wine vinegar and oil dressing, while at other times, a vinaigrette – maybe raspberry -- is what sounds tasty to me.

A dressing made of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper and crumbled feta is great on a green salad, or on pasta salad, for a really fresh taste. That's another thing I like about the olive oil dressings -- they always taste fresh and clean.

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