Finally now that you’ve gotten the best salad greens and the best vegetables into your bowl, what do you have?
Just a bowl of salad greens and vegetables, right?
What makes a salad actually a salad is salad dressing.
And what makes countless other foods—such as wings, pizza, breadsticks, chicken nuggets, French fries, sandwiches, subs, and burgers.
There are countless salad dressings available, but most salad dressing fall into one of two categories—mayonnaise based salad dressing or vinaigrettes.
“Creamy” salad dressings usually use mayonnaise or some other “creamy” ingredie1nt—such as yogurt, crème fraiche or sour cream—as the main ingredient.
The most common creamy dressing, obviously to most of us, is Ranch.
Vinaigrettes. on the other hand, are a mixture of oil, vinegar, and other ingredients—such as hazelnut, fruit juice, mustard, spices, herbs, lemon juice, basil, parsley, and oregano.
The most common vinaigrettes include…
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dijon Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Poppyseed
But don’t limit yourself to these traditional dressings. Feel free to try other things also—such as traditional dips, guacamole, hummus, and salsas.
Things to Remember…
If you are making your own salad dressing, use the highest-quality ingredients that you can find.
Salad dressing can make your healthy salad just as fattening, if not even more fattening, than a Big Mac. Remember this when you are choosing your salad dressing as well as using your dressing on a salad.
Serve the salad immediately after using the dressing. Otherwise your salad will wilt.
Toss your salad gently but thoroughly, making sure that you do not totally crush or ruin your leafy greens and other ingredients.,