We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy diet – and one of the best way to enjoy a day’s worth of good nutrition is with a salad. Of course, no one likes a dry salad, (well, most people at least) so we usually dress our salads with oils, vinegars and creams.
However, if you’re using store-bought salad dressings, you could be spending money to sabotage your own health. According to an article at Harvard Medical, some store-bought dressings come with high levels of saturated fats, sodium, and sugars. This is bad even before you consider the use of artificial flavors and preservatives.
If you want to shop smarter and healthier, you can review the labels of your dressings to check which ones use the least amount of sugars, salts, and trans fats. Though, “healthier” store bought dressings could come at a premium price compared to their competition, So, allow us to offer another solution that actually can save you money as well!
If you purchase your own ingredients to create your own homemade dressings and marinades, then the amount you can make will likely cost you much less per ounce than if you had bought it directly.
Think about your favorite dressings and research online how you can make it yourself. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Latin style – fresh lime juice, pressed garlic, chopped cilantro, a little olive oil and a pinch of salt.
- Mediterranean style – red wine vinegar, oregano, lemon juice, and olive oil.
- Italian style – balsamic vinegar, olive oil, chopped garlic, black pepper
- Ranch style – mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, garlic and a pinch of salt