One of the wonderful spin-offs of the good food movement has been the elevated status of the salad in our daily diets. Many people would not consider going through the day without some combination of mixed raw vegetables. And the entree salad has become popular for lunch and dinner, especially for those watching their calorie intake.
Dressing, however, do become a problem if you are in this category. A salad in its altogether is much less appealing than one that has a dash of dressing.
Well, there are some tasty low-calorie dressings in this world, and some that even taste deceivingly rich. Sort through the following and see if you can find one or two that might help you on your dieting days.
Actually, you don't have to be dieting to like them. I like my salads dressed lightly. It seems more -- pardon the expression -- "natural." LOW-CALORIE MAYONNAISE (Makes about 1 cup) 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 5 teaspoons lemon juice 1/3 cup ricotta or cottage cheese 1/2 cup safflower oil In blender, put egg yolk, mustard, salt, cayenne, lemon juice, ricotta or cottage cheese and blend until very smooth. (Cottage cheese takes a little longer,) On a low speed add oil very slowly. It will begin to thicken about 2/3 through the oil and it may be necessary to scrape the sides of the blender with a spatula. Keep refrigerated. Variations SOY SAUCE MAYONNAISE
This is excellent with cold, cooked vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower, or as a sauce for cold chicken or fish. 1 recipe for low-calorie mayonnaise 1 tablespoon minced onion 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 clove garlic, mashed (optional) Mix all ingredients and chill. OLIVE DRESSING
This is nice on sliced tomatoes and cucumbers or as a dip. 1 recipe for low-calorie dressing 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt 3 tablespoons chopped black olives 1/4 teaspoon onion powder Mix all ingredients and chill. Thin with a little low-fat milk if desired. ROQUEFORT DRESSING 1 recipe for low-calorie mayonnaise 4 tablespoons low-fat milk 3 tablespoons Roquefort cheese, crumbled 1 clove garlic, mashed (optional) Mix all ingredients and chill. COLESLAW DRESSING 1 recipe for low-calorie mayonnaise 2 tablespoons each cider vinegar and low-fat milk 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (to taste) Dash of cayenne Blend all ingredients to taste. Chill well. LOW-CALORIE CREAM FRENCH DRESSING (about 3/4 cup) 1/3 cup ricotta or cottage cheese 2 tablespoons white wine vingar 2 tablespoons safflower oil 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon each minced parsley and chives Salt Low-fat milk for thinning In blender, put ricotta or cottage cheese, vinegar oil and mustard. Blend until smooth. (Cottage cheese takes a little longer.) Stir in parsley and chives. Add salt to taste. Thin to desired consistency with milk. Chill. GREEN GODDESS BUTTERMLIK DRESSING (Makes about 1 1/2 cups) 2/3 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup cottage cheese 3 tablespoons minced parsley and chives 1/4 teaspoon each tarragon and dill weed Salt Put buttermilk and cottage cheese in blender and blend until smooth. Add seasonings and salt to taste. Chill well. BUTTERMILK DRESSING FOR FRUIT SALADS (Makes about 3/4 cup) 3/4 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons frozen applie juice concentrate 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon allspice Put all ingredients in blender and blend well. Chill well.