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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
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