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Including salads in your regular meals is one of the simplest ways to stay fit! However, the salad dressing plays a major role in adding taste and also determining the number of calories in any salad. You may like gorging on leafy greens dipped in mayonnaise and cream cheese, but the healthiest ones are those with a light dressing such as lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and spices. Salads with a light dressing are low in fats and high in nutrients.Naini Setalvad gives us six low-cal yet tasty salad dressings which will make eating raw, bland veggies more interesting with a healthy twist. Here are some of the health benefits of salads.
LOW-FAT RANCH DRESSING
Good on leafy salads made of sturdy greens like lettuce or spinach. You can also try this healthy leafy salad for weight loss.
Basic dressing for green salads. It stays for weeks. Try this healthy boiled peanut salad.
VARIATIONS TO BASIC VINAIGRETTE
These are just a few suggestions. You can experiment even further with your own ideas.
SPICY SALAD DRESSING
Combine all ingredients in a jar. Shake well and refrigerate in a tightly covered jar. It stays for 2-3 days. Try this spicy watermelon and tomato chaat salad.
The bright red salsa can be tossed into any vegetable combination.
THAI SALAD DRESSING
Made entirely with ordinary and familiar supermarket items, this salad with its tart-sweet-spicy dressing is surprisingly exotic. Potatoes need to be cooked in advance. The dressing stays for weeks so make it any time. Here is another healthy Thai raw papaya salad.
Mix all of these together and toss on any vegetable.
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