Friday, April 5, 2013

Best Salad Dressing EVER

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I'm always trying to figure out ways to cut out calories and increase my consumption of healthier foods.  Salad is a difficult - there's no disputing the nutritional benefits of salad, or most of the things that go on it.  With the exception of the salad dressing, which is very calorie dense.

Here's a recipe for you all.  There are two great things about this recipe.  It tastes AMAZING.  I want to eat it with a spoon - I won't, I just want too.  The thing that might be even better is that it only has 40 calories for 2 tablespoons.  I'm not sure if any of you have been looking at the nutritional information on salad dressing lately, but it will cost you quite a few calories.  Our old favorite around here, Hidden Valley Ranch, costs 140 calories for 2 tablespoons!

Parmesan-Peppercorn Dressing

makes about 2 cups

1/2 cup of buttermilk (actual buttermilk, not the vinegar in milk "substitution"!!!)
1/2 cup of light Hellman's Mayonnaise
1/2 cup of lowfat sour cream
1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of water
2 Tbsp of lemon juice
2 tsp of Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp of freshly ground pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of salt

Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and use your stick blender to blend them until smooth.  Or put them into your blender and blitz until smooth.  

40 calories for a 2 tablespoon serving

Modified from Cook's Illustrated.


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