When I started eating a plant-based diet, I wondered how I would ever enjoy salad dressing again. Then, I discovered how to make a variety of oil-free salad dressing, which my family loved. In fact, the more dressings I create, the more ideas I get for creating dips, sauces, and dressings. Even though I make a variety of Italian dressings, my new Italian dressing recipe I had a specific salad in mind.
Once I tasted my new Italian dressing on my spaghetti salad recipe, I fell in love.
WHY I MAKE MY OWN DRESSING INSTEAD OF BUYING DRESSINGS
Although making homemade dressing takes time, I can no longer buy store-bought dressing. Even oil-free Italian dressing is loaded with preservatives and sugar. And, once I started eating homemade salad dressing, the bottled version just doesn’t come close to the real deal.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN FAT-FREE BOTTLED ITALIAN DRESSING?
Let’s look at the ingredients, for instance, in Wishbone Fat-Free Italian Dressing
- Distilled Vinegar
- Garlic (dried)
- Soybean Oil (hmm fat-free?)
- Onion (dried)
- Xanthan Gum (Xanthan gum is a popular food additive that’s commonly added to foods as a thickener or stabilizer)
- Red Bell Pepper (dried)
- Stevia Leaf Extract (sugar substitute)
- Lemon Juice Concentrate (Real juice + water + preservative and additives)
- Carmel Color (a water-soluble food coloring. It is made by heat treatment of carbohydrates, in general in the presence of acids, alkalis, or salts, in a process called caramelization)
- Sorbic Acid (an additive which is highly effective at inhibiting the growth of mold, which can spoil food and spread fatal diseases)
- Sodium Benzoate (used for pickling and food preservative)
- Calcium Disodium EDTA (a food additive used in food to preserve flavor, color, and texture).
As you can see, fat-free, or oil-free in a bottle often comes with a lot of other ingredients that aren’t very appealing. As a result, I make my own dressings, sauces, and dips from whole-foods without oil.
My Italian dressing, for example, is oil-free and simply delicious.
INGREDIENTS IN HEALTHY ITALIAN DRESSING
- White vinegar
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Fresh lemon juice
- Maple Syrup
- Red Onion
- Green Pepper
- Stone-ground Mustard
- Basil (fresh)
- Parsley (fresh)
- Italian Seasoning
Without a doubt, my version of Italian dressing tastes better and doesn’t have a bunch of additives and preservatives. However, my dressing only lasts 4-5 days refrigerated, as the bottled version lasts months.
Generally, I blend dressings in a blender, but this dressing recipe all takes place in a measuring cup. But, the secret for this Italian dressing recipe is using fresh vegetables, minced, to create a thick and flavorful dressing.
As I said earlier, I used this dressing for my spaghetti salad recipe, and the flavors of the dressing just popped. Allowing the dressing ingredients to marinate for about an hour, enhances the flavors even more.
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