When you think healthy, you don't think creamy, cheesy salad dressings. But, there are definitely ways to balance taste and nutrition without giving up either. Learn how from this Stilton cheese dressing.
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1/4 cup silken firm tofu
- 2 ounces of Stilton cheese (or other blue cheese)
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese (1 percent)
Optional ingredients used in serving:
- Romaine lettuce hearts torn into bite-sized pieces
- Toasted chopped walnuts
Using your blender or food processor, mix all the ingredients, except the cottage cheese, until it's a smooth mixture. Pour the dressing in a bowl, and fold in the cottage cheese. Once blended, refrigerate in a covered container for at least three hours. Serve, using the Romaine lettuce and walnuts for extra flair.
How is this recipe healthy? Tofu gives the dressing substance without using lots of cheese or cream which are high-cholesterol ingredients. Thanks to the lumpy, low-fat cottage cheese, you only have to use 2 ounces (56 grams) of the Stilton cheese -- this amount gives you the flavor needed without going overboard on calories or fat. Finally, the walnuts add a few extra grams of fat but the trade-off with flavor can't be beat.