HEALTHY SALAD DRESSINGS
Drizzled over greens or served on the side, a healthy condiment gives salad leaves a new lease on life!
Five ways to revitalise your salad
1 Be salt savvy
Salt may be tasty, but some store-bought dressings have more than double what we recommend. This is important if you have high blood pressure or have been told you need to lower your sodium intake.
2 Look for good fats
Forget ‘light’ dressings. Researchers found more antioxidants are absorbed with olive oil and dressings that use vinegar, so the right type of fat is very important.
3 BEWARE OF SNEAKY SUGAR
Fat-free salad dressings can have sugar added to give them more flavour. Check the ingredients list to make a smarter choice.
4 Portion it right
Creamy dressings, like Caesar, can have up to 3000kJ (717cal) per 100ml, so you could be adding kilojoules without realising. Measure a sensible portion of one tablespoon.
5 Do it yourself!
It’s so easy to make your own healthy dressing. Mix three parts extra-virgin olive oil with one part vinegar (balsamic, apple or wine-based), seeded mustard or lemon juice. Give it a shake in a jar, then pour it over your greens.