Salad dressings are a delicious way to add a boost of nutrition and satiety to almost any dish!
Salad dressings come in a plethora of different varieties. The two main categories are vinaigrette and cream-based dressings. While cream-based dressings are traditionally made with mayonnaise, there are quite a few alternatives out there today. From Greek yogurt to avocado, there are so many options to choose from!
Dressings are primarily made from a source of fat. They’re then combined with herbs, spices, condiments, juices, and many other ingredients to give them their unique textures and flavors.
Health Benefits of Salad Dressing:
With fat being the primary ingredient in traditional salad dressings, this is where the majority of the health benefits come from. Dressings that use fat sources that are primarily made of unsaturated fats (think avocados and olive oil) are great for heart health. They help decrease the “bad” cholesterol in your bloodstream (LDL). They also help to keep us feeling full and satiated after a meal rather than hungry and always craving more. Many dressings also have herbs and spices. Depending on the particular herbs and spices used, there can be quite a few health benefits that come along with them as well!
How To Use:
We, of course, can use dressings on top of our salads – whether that be a bean salad, warm grain salad or a traditional lettuce-based salad, but we can also use dressings as marinades, too! You can also toss vegetables in the dressing before roasting to add a boost of flavor, or even use a creamy dressing as a spread in your favorite sandwich.
After making dressing at home, store in an airtight glass container or mason jar to keep it fresh longer!