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10 Homemade and Healthy Salad Dressings


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Buttermilk-Herb Dressing
Low-fat buttermilk and herbs come together in this tangy, healthful dressing.
Low-fat buttermilk and herbs come together in this tangy, healthful dressing.
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If you order buttermilk dressing in a restaurant, you'll probably blow your diet for the week. By making it at home, you can make key substitutions that will save you calories and give you a more nutritious recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of non-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry-flavored vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped basil leaves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

Put everything in a bowl, mix together and refrigerate in a covered container for up to 48 hours.

If you love creamy dressing, you'll love this recipe, but, what will really make you feel good is the difference created by using non-fat buttermilk. One cup of cultured whole buttermilk has 150 calories, and 72 of those are fat. With 5 grams of saturated fat, one cup supplies 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat. Compare that to a cup of non-fat buttermilk. It has 98 calories with only 19 from fat. The total fat content is 2.1 grams, and only 1.3 grams are saturated fat. So the next time you're out to eat, choose a low-cal dressing and save your buttermilk cravings for when you can make it healthy at home.


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