|Home > Expert Blogs > The Wellness Experience|
AboutThe world's largest spa media, marketing, and gifting company, SpaFinder, Inc., connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. SpaFinder’s media properties include the award-winning SpaFinder.com, the Club Spa e-newsletter, and the annual SpaFinder New Beauty Global Guide to Spa, Wellness and Beauty. SpaFinder and SpaWish Gift Certificates and Cards are redeemable at a combined network of over 9,000 spas and salons and are available in leading retail outlets in 79 countries throughout the world.
» Meet SpaFinder
» Save Author as Favorite
» See all SpaFinder's Posts
Recent Posts» Portion Control: Tips to Manage Weight, Eat Better
» Stretch to Success: The 6 Best Pre-Ski Exercises
» Anti-Aging with Creative Ways to Eat Avocados
» 5 Steps to Embrace Your Best You, Always
Archive» July 2012
» June 2012
» May 2012
» April 2012
» March 2012
» February 2012
By Amy Sung, SpaFinder
If you're watching your fat and calorie intake, but love your salad dressing, make your own at home to keep the fat and calories down, and to cut out any processed or hidden ingredients that may be found in store-bought dressing. We asked two spa chefs – one from Red Mountain in Ivins, Utah, and one from The Oaks at Ojai in Ojai, California – what their go-to tips are in making a healthy salad dressing from scratch at home, and for the recipes of a few popular dressings used at each of their spas.
Red Mountain's Executive Chef Dale Van Sky's Tips & Recipes:
Tip 1: When making salad dressings use a good quality oil, like olive oil or canola oil.
Tip 2: If you enjoy creamy dressings, experiment with soft tofu to lower fat.
Tip 3: Use fresh herbs to enhance flavors and colors.
Tip 4: Always add salt at the end of the recipe. Start with ½ the salt in a recipe, taste, and add more if desired.
Herbed Apple Cider Dressing (Serves 5)
¾ cup thickened vegetable stock*
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp shallot
2 tbsp fresh herbs (basil, thyme and oregano mixed)
1 tbsp agave
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Purée all ingredients except olive oil.
2. Slowly add in olive oil to emulsify.
*To thicken vegetable stock, mix ¼ cup cold vegetable stock with 2 tbsp corn starch or arrowroot. Bring ½ cup vegetable stock to a boil, whisk in cold vegetable stock and cornstarch mixture. Chill until completely cooled and jelled.
11 calories per 2-tbsp serving
Eggless Caesar Dressing (Serves 20)
1½ tbsp garlic, minced
4½ tbsp lemon juice
3 fillets anchovies
2½ tbsp Dijon mustard
14 oz. soft tofu
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and purée.
2. Adjust flavors as needed.
3. Toss with crisp romaine leaves and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
17 calories per 2-tbsp serving
Thousand Island Salad Dressing (Serves 5)
¼ cup soft tofu
2 tbsp plain soy milk
2 tbsp ketchup
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp granulated ... Continue
Hot Topicsdiet, weight loss, fitness, motivation, abs, restaurants, health, calories, stress, challenge, gyms, support, goals, points, exercise, metabolism, food, recipe
Most Popular Searches
Most Popular Blogs» Longer, Leaner Thighs: 5 Best Exercises
» We Announce The Challenge WINNER!
» Best Vitamins Dieters Not Getting
» The Dangerous Escape Food Provides
» Janel Hits The Farmers Market
Highest Rated Blogs» Are You Portion Savvy?
» Celebrating National Meditation Month
» Labor Day Spicy BBQ Chicken Recipe
» Greek Yogurt Gone Wrong!
» How to Cook With Kale: Tons of Healthy Recipes!