After 5 days of working to cut out added sweeteners to your diet, have you been surprised at how many places sugar is hiding in processed foods? One common culprits that can impact lunchtime is store-bought salad dressing. Of course sweet dressings like Raspberry Vinaigrette or Asian Dressing can be packed with added sugar, but I was surprised to find that sugar was the fourth ingredient in one popular Ranch dressing brand. Ranch isn’t even sweet!! Here are two healthy homemade dressings that are delicious and completely free of added sugars. You can make them over the weekend and enjoy them on your salads all week long!
Lindsay Pasdera, MS RDN
Greek Yogurt Ranch (No Added Sugar)
1 cup buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
2 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine buttermilk and minced garlic in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer gently for 5 minutes (don’t let it boil!). Pour hot buttermilk mixture into a medium bowl and cool in fridge for 30 minutes. Whisk remaining ingredients into cooled buttermilk mixture. Store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Raspberry Vinaigrette (No Added Sugar)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 small shallot, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
Blend all ingredients together in a blend. Store in refrigerator for up to 10 days (re-whisk before using).