Nothing says “impressive side dish” like a colorful, tasty salad, but the dressings can take any salad from good to great. But which salad dressings come out on top in terms of nutrition and flavor? To answer this question, we took time to consult with a seasoned dietitian to get their take on the best dressings for a salad. Read on for the top picks for fantastic-looking and healthy salads!
1. Introducing: the Expertly Chosen Salads Dressings
At Expertly Chosen, we understand that salads are incredibly versatile dishes, capable of adapting to any palate. Our mission is to elevate them with the finest selection of dressings available. From classic Ranch to zesty Italian, each dressing is carefully crafted and designed to amplify the flavors in your dish.
- Honey Mustard Dressing – Creamy and savory, it is an excellent accompaniment for salads starring leafy greens, poultry, and nuts.
- Sweet Thousand Island Dressing – Sweet and tangy with notes of savory garlic and onion. Perfect for adding a subtle sweetness to tuna, salmon, or shrimp salads.
- Basil Pesto Dressing – Packed with basil, Parmesan, and garlic, it adds a hearty punch of flavor that pairs perfectly with classics such as Cobb or Caprese.
- Green Goddess Dressing – An herby, classic dressing that combines elements of sour cream and mayonnaise. Delicious when served over salads containing bacon, egg, and avocado.
Our dressings are crafted in small batches with quality ingredients and attention to detail, because we believe that every dish should be an experience and be enjoyed to the fullest.
2. Dietitian Approved Salad Dressings: The Healthiest Options
As salads are a staple of almost every diet, finding the right dressing is essential. Dietitians recommend the following options that promote health in scintillating and delicious ways.
Vinaigrettes: A classic, vinaigrettes are a zesty and vegetarian-friendly favorite. Mix and match your oils, herbs, and vinegars to customize the flavor and nutritional benefits. Olive oil is great for promoting heart health and contains vitamins E and K. Balsamic vinegar adds a sweet and tangy zip, while herbs like oregano, rosemary, and basil can reduce inflammation.
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Herbs of your choice
Yogurt and Herb-Based Dressings: If a richer and creamier dressing appeals to your taste, yogurt and herb-based dressings are a great option. Greek yogurt contains probiotics, which improve gut and digestive health while helping to reduce inflammation in the body. Flavorful herbs like mint, cilantro, and parsley are rich in antioxidant compounds that can protect your cells from damage.
- Greek yogurt
3. Upgrade Your Salad: Delicious Suggestions from a Nutritionist
The great thing about salads is that they are delicious and nutritious at the same time. But to make sure you are getting the best out of your salad meals, why not try to upgrade them with some of these suggestions from a nutritionist.
- 1. Vary the Base
Move away from the typical lettuce-only base and start experimenting with a range of leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, or rocket. Look out for different micro-greens available in the market too. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference in flavour they can make.
- 2. Add Some Protein
Upgrade your salad from a side dish to an entire meal with some protein. Protein sources such as boiled eggs, grilled chicken and tofu can give your salad extra texture and flavour. Not to mention extra nutritional benefits.
- 3. Get Creative with Toppings & Dressings
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings and dressings. Nutritional seeds, nuts, Mediterranean feta cheese, fruit, and warm roast vegetables can all be added to your salads. When it comes to dressings, don’t rely on store-bought bottled varieties. You can easily make your own using olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs.
So, whether you’re looking for something light and nutritious or something more substantial and flavoursome, salads can provide both with a few tweaks here and there. Why not try these great suggestions from a nutritionist to take your salad up notch?
Salad dressings don’t have to be the enemy of a healthy diet – they can be a great way to make salads delicious, nutritious and exciting. So find the right dressing for you, and you’ll be able to enjoy a range of tasty, satisfying salads you can feel good about. Bon appétit!