Healthy salad dressing made easy

With temperatures creeping up in the summer, cool meals like salads are a great way to prepare lunch or dinner in a jiffy while cooling your body down. Not a fan of high calorie dressing? Neither are we! The MakeMyPlate team has compiled a list of healthy suggestions to replace processed supermarket dressings typically loaded with salt, sugar, and preservatives.

Beat the heat and enjoy guilt free salad all summer long without breaking your diet!

Creamy Garlic Dressing
Great for salads that would normally call for ranch. This dressing even makes a great dip for vegetables. It’s a hit with kids!

Makes 1 cup

  • 1⁄2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1⁄4 cup low­fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Blend all ingredients in food processor until blended.

Southwest Cobb Dressing
Try it with cobb, taco, or southwest salad. It even tastes great with lettuce wraps and tacos.

Makes 1 cup

  • 1⁄2 cup low­fat sour cream
  •  1⁄4 large avocado (pulp only)
  • a handful of cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in food processor until blended.

Raspberry Vinaigrette
Love an oil vinegar based dressing? Try this raspberry vinaigrette over mixed greens and fresh seasonal veggies.

  • 1⁄2 cup of raspberry puree
  • 1⁄4 cup vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste