Italian Salad Dressing, FF-SF-SF ✠

The challenge here was to make an Italian style salad dressing that is fat-free, sugar-free, and sodium-free. The one below is pretty good, but is not final yet. The use of Mrs Dash® Original Seasoning Blend saved me from writing in the following ingredients commonly found in Italian salad dressings into the recipe: Onion, Black Pepper, Parsley, Celery Seed, Basil, Bay, Marjoram, Oregano, Savory, Thyme, Cayenne Pepper, Coriander, Cumin, Mustard, Rosemary, Garlic, Carrot, Orange Peel, Tomato, Lemon Juice Powder, Citric Acid, and Oil of Lemon.

  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tbsp <sugar>
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash® original seasoning blend, salt-free
  • 1 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum

Put all listed ingredients into a blender and buzz for one minute on the highest setting.

Makes about 2½ cups.

fat-free sesame vinaigrette

This is a fat-free, sugar-free, and low-salt oriental style salad dressing. It is particularly good on the Chopped Salad recipe appearing in this section .

Every time I make it, I ask myself, “Wouldn’t this be better if a half teaspoon of puréed garlic were added?” So far, I have resisted the temptation. Why don’t you try it and let me know?

  • 5 oz rice wine vinegar
  • 5 oz water
  • ¼ cup low-salt soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp <sugar>
  • ¼ tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil

Put the vinegar, water, soy, and <sugar> in a mixing bowl and stir to blend. Add the gum and whisk it in until the mixture thickens. Add more vinegar if too thick, and more gum, if too thin. Add the ginger, onions, and oil and whisk until blended.

Makes about 16 oz.