Lose the Dressing: 3 Ways to Increase Flavour Without Salad Dressing June 16, 2016 13:34
Who doesn’t love salads?
Especially one that is nicely built with chockful of greens and healthy add-ons?
But when you add the final touch - a rich creamy dressing that is calorie rich (and possibly highly processed) - your salad doesn’t seem so healthy anymore.
Of course, the body needs fat in order to absorb vitamins and anti-oxidants derived from the salads.
A little dairy fat is needed in order to fully benefit from the nutrients offered by a bowl of healthy salad.
However, did you know that it does not have to come from rich, creamy dressings?
There are other ways to flavour-pack your salads so that the useful fats that your body needs does not need to come from dressing.
Here are 3 tips to make a flavor-rich salad minus the dressing.
Get healthy fat from other ingredients
Use a healthy fat such as olive, coconut or avocado oil.
These oils are high in Omega-3 fats which help to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body.
Or you could add other high fat ingredients such as nuts and seeds.
A sprinkling of nuts and seeds, adds crunch and texture to your salad, making it much more enjoyable to eat.
They are also high in protein, thus adding another essential macro-nutrient to your diet, and more importantly, letting you stay full for longer.
Add some fruit
With all those greens in there, it would seem you are eating grass (taste-wise and texture-wise).
Perk up your bowl of choice greens by incorporating some fruit.
Slices of pineapples, peaches or pieces of currants and oranges can easily do the trick.
A little balsamic or red-wine vinegar will boost flavour even more because the tartness of the vinegar often goes very well most fruits.
Other than fruits, another excellent addition could be steamed carrots, corn, cauliflower or broccoli.
Try flavor-rich herbs and spices
Spices are a great way to add rich aromatic flavour to your salad.
Your choices include lemon thyme, basil, parsley, mint, chives and some edible flowers too!
Sprinkling your salad with ground pepper or garlic powder will let you enjoy one bite after the other.
Be CREATIVE in the kitchen
Losing that rich creamy dressing doesn’t mean you have to lose flavour.
Other than those ways mentioned, have you ever tried adding some salsa? This green and red pepper mix is low in fat and high in flavour.
Or use some low-fat yoghurt to substitute your mayonnaise. It will give you a tart-creamy texture without any of the calories.
By being a little creative, your salad can still taste great even if you have to lose the dressing for health purposes.
Besides, knowing how to limit your portions may mean you don’t have to completely ditch dressings at all.