Low Carb Salad Dressing for Low Carbohydrate Diets

Low Carb Salad Dressing for Low Carbohydrate Diets

Low Carb Salad Dressing for Low Carbohydrate Diets

There were a number of low carb salad dressings on the market a few months ago but they are becoming more and more scarce. Even the ones that say they are reduced sugar or low calorie are usually too high in carbs for a true low carbohydrate diet.
There are several products readily available on the market today that do qualify as reduced carb salad dressings. The Good Seasons and the Hannaford dressings are good examples. Both of these products require you to mix olive oil and vinegar with the contents of a dressing packet and the Good Seasons product even gives you a nice carafe bottle to mix them in.
There are other options as well. Most mustards have little or no carbs and most mayonnaise products are zero carb. There are a number of reduced carbohydrate ketchups on the market and many relish products including sweet relishes have no sugar added and are reduced carbohydrate products. Tabasco and many other hot sauces have zero carbs and there are some powdered spice mixes that are also low or no carb products.
We make a creamy thousand island dressing using mayonnaise, no sugar added sweet relish and reduced carb ketchup.Low Carb
The ketchup has one carb per tablespoon and the sweet relish has one carb per tablespoon so the net result of the mix of these three is a truly low carb dressing. Of course we don’t stop there. We often add spice mix products to our main ingredients to “kick-it-up” a little. We make a Cajun kind of Thousand Island dressing and it is absolutely delicious.
The salad itself consists of Iceberg Lettuce, some celery, sliced cucumbers mixed with a little baby spinach. I mix a handful of the colorful bag salads from the grocery store in just to give it a little color and varying texture. The main ingredient in my salad is the Iceberg Lettuce.
My relatives laugh at my use of Iceberg lettuce and are quick to inform me that Ice Berg Lettuce has very little nutritional value. I smile and agree with them because that is exactly why I love the stuff. It fills you up and has no usable food value. What a wonderful diet product.
My only caution with all salad items is that you be sure to wash them thoroughly. We use a few drops of a food disinfectant product in the rinse water but a teaspoon or two of white vinegar would work just as well. Just be sure to rinse and dry off the excess water from the items before adding them to your salad.
Some of the other things we add to our salad are hardboiled egg slices, sliced of California avocados and sometimes a little tuna or canned chicken. Be sure to only use the California avocados, the dark green bumpy ones, and not the Florida avocados, which are lighter in color and smooth skinned. The California avocados are lower in carb and go better in a green salad.
Salads are the mainstay of a reduced carbohydrate diet and with a little experimentation you can mix your own excellent salad dressings from readily available grocery products. Some days my main meal is just a large salad with different meats like chicken tuna or even ham. It satisfies my hunger and helps me reach my goal of weight loss using a low carb diet.

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