10 Substitute Ingredients for Lighter Cooking

Salad Vinaigrettes

Trips to the salad bar begin with the best intentions. Start with a plateful of leafy greens, add tomatoes, cucumbers and chickpeas, and you've got a nice, healthy mid-day meal. But the health factor can quickly go south once the more fattening options are dumped on -- specifically, creamy salad dressings.

They may be delicious, but salad dressings pack a huge punch in terms of fat and calories, thanks to their mayonnaise base. Couple that with the fact that most people pour on way more than is actually necessary, and the salad that was once so promising has quickly turned into a dietary fiasco. Rather than potentially adding hundreds of calories to an otherwise healthy meal, opt instead for vinaigrette dressings, which are much lighter in fat and calories. Or, you can make your own vinaigrette with extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper to taste.

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