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Old 01-21-2008, 03:32 PM   #1
Joe Ostermiller
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Salad Dressing Alternatives

So, I've been zoning for the past month and a half-ish...with the exception of one travel weekend where I ate like a tubby.

Anyway, I'm loving the zone, feeling great, losing some chub...etc. However, I'm running into a wall. While I'm still loving all the salads, the only healthy dressing I know of is the classic Vinegar and Olive Oil...and I'm getting really really sick of it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for alternative salad dressings that would be tasty, easy to make, and is still as healthy as the vinegar and olive oil??

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Sure perhaps a tehina dressing. Buy raw tehina in a glass jar in a health shop. Mix it 1:1 with some lukewarm water to dilute, add some lemon to taste along with sea salt and some fresh chopped garlic or garlic powder. If you do nightshades, you can add a zip of cayenne! This can be made as thick or thin as you like! I am eating some as we speak on steamed asparagus and cauliflower. If made thick, can be used as a dip.

I also learned from Jay Cohen that tehina can be used to thicken sauces, adding some good fat in the process! For example, I will steam greens lightly (in minimal water, add in some eggs, seasoning and some tehina (not diluted). This will thicken up and is just plain ole delicious!! I often sprinkle some flax seeds on this too!
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:24 PM   #3
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Crushed Red Chilies, Roast Sesame Pastes, Ginger Puree, Lemon grass Puree, Cilantro/Mint/Basil/Parsley purees, red/green/yellow curries, fresh green salsa, red salsa, tamarind paste, preserved lemon and garlic... all of this stuff is available in jars/tubes/frozen at most Giant Supermarkets, Trader Joes and Whole foods.

Paleo? er... no. But a mix and match of each of these with a good high EFA oil (I vote for cold pressed Walnut Oil, if ya gotta go, go uptown!) and some good low sugar vinegar and you have some crazy wonderful flavor stuffs...

Add guar gum or agar agar and you have a thickened sauce that is relatively a Block Freebie: near no caloric density and keeps your inner beast satisfied so you don't whack into the bad stuff.
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Another idea is freshly squeezed lemon and freshly ground pepper.

I've also found it's worth spending the extra money for super premium olive oil. I don't even mix it with vinegar.
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:03 PM   #5
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Blend up an avocado with some lemon juice or vinegar, water to thin, salt, fresh herbs and you have a green goddess dressing.

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Old 01-21-2008, 05:16 PM   #6
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

I personally love good old fashioned balsamic vinegar. I don't even add olive oil. But maybe that's just because I'm Italian

Question, when using just balsamic, do I count that towards a carb block, or no?
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:58 PM   #7
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

How about low salt soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:17 AM   #8
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Thanks for the ideas! I look forward to giving them a shot.

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Old 01-22-2008, 01:45 PM   #9
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

Instead of water with tahini, you can also do 1:1 with olive oil. Makes for a higher fat dressing. Add some ginger and curry powder.

Adding herbs to oil and vinegar adds a nice change too. Basil, oregano, lemon thyme, etc.
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Re: Salad Dressing Alternatives

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Instead of water with tahini, you can also do 1:1 with olive oil. Makes for a higher fat dressing. Add some ginger and curry powder.

Adding herbs to oil and vinegar adds a nice change too. Basil, oregano, lemon thyme, etc.
I will have to try the tehina with olive oil, ginger and curry! I am just so used to the middle eastern way!! When I am in Israel, I live on tehina as my fat source!!
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