Last post showed how to make an easy to make, fully flavorful instant salad dressing using only 5 ingredients: garlic powder, mustard, ground black pepper, vinegar, and oil. Here’s an easy variation on that dressing that changes only one ingredient by substituting oil with plain nonfat yogurt. (See the nonfat plain Greek yogurt to oil nutrition fact label comparison below and note that a serving of nonfat plain Greek yogurt is 1 cup (8 ounces) while a serving of oil is 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce). That means that 1 cup (8 ounces) of oil contains 1920 calories and 224 grams of fat as compared to the cup (8 ounces) of nonfat yogurt shown below containing 130 calories and 0 grams of fat. Though any nonfat plain yogurt will work to make this dressing, I like using nonfat plain Greek yogurt for this dressing for its high protein content, thick texture, and rich flavor.)
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Here’s a quick, easy, and fantastically flavorful salad dressing that requires only 5 ingredients (garlic powder, black pepper, mustard, vinegar, and oil), a teaspoon, and a 16-ounce jar with a snug fitting lid (if you don’t have a jar, you can use a measuring cup instead). The small amount of salt and sugar in this recipe comes from mustard (and vinegar, if you use balsamic vinegar as shown below), which therefore makes the dressing low in both sodium and sugar, though please check the ingredients you use to make sure they comply safely if you happen to be on a sodium and/or sugar restricted diet.
Like a richly balanced symphony of sound, the sweet and savory ingredients in this salad bring out the best in complimentary flavors. The sweetness of fruit enhances the savoriness of lettuce and onions, and the savory does the same to the sweet.
Here are the ingredients needed to make this sweet and savory salad. (NOTE: Figs and plums are seasonal fruits. Read more »
Last two posts showed how to cook corn on the stove and in the microwave oven. Easy. Here’s a great way to combine the crisp sweetness of corn with bell pepper (I like using red, yellow, or orange bell pepper for this because they’re sweeter and more flavorful than green bell peppers), onion, garlic, and cilantro. Terrific combination!
Here’s what you need to make this crisp corn and bell pepper salad for 3-4 people.
Click any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »
This quick & easy kid-friendly to make tuna salad is a great way to empower kids’s confident independence in kitchen because it requires only 3 ingredients, 3 pieces of equipment, and no cutting with a knife or even the use of a can opener if you buy cans of tuna with pull-tab tops as shown below.
Click any picture on this page for a complete, very colorful step-by-step picture book recipe.
One of my favorite late summer foods is freshly picked, richly flavorful, no-kidding vine ripened tomatoes, which I usually get fresh from the field at Berberian’s Farm Stand in Northborough, MA. And one of my favorite ways to enjoy those tomatoes is in a fantastically flavorful and easy to make salad made with fresh basil (also from Berberian’s), mozzarella cheese, olive oil, a little salt, a good crunch of ground black pepper and, of course, a shot of balsamic vinegar.
Here’s an easy way to change the flavor and calorie content of the fresh 5-ingredient salad dressing shown in the previous article. All you have to do is replace oil with nonfat yogurt. See the nonfat plain Greek yogurt to oil nutrition fact label comparison below and note that a serving of nonfat plain Greek yogurt is 1 cup (8 ounces) while a serving of oil is 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce). That means that 1 cup (8 ounces) of oil contains 1920 calories and 224 grams of fat as compared to the cup (8 ounces) of nonfat yogurt shown below containing 130 calories and 0 grams of fat.
It’s all about learning and adapting. What you see below are the ingredients I used to use to make a fully flavorful, quick, fresh salad dressing. But then after working with some fellow military veterans, some of whom had either or both high blood pressure and diabetes, I improvised a dressing on the fly to show them to make that cut out the added salt and sugar. I even cut out the paprika because, as one of the guys said, “You can’t taste that sh– (stuff) anyway”.
Heirloom tomatoes are tomato varieties of different sizes, shapes and colors that have been passed down from generation to generation to maintain their favorable flavor, color and texture characteristics. Heirloom tomatoes are most plentifully available at the end of summer and are best when they’ve been ripened on the vine taken fresh off the field.
Not too long ago, I showed how to turn plain old tuna salad into much more flavorful and nutritious POWER TUNA SALAD by replacing high fat, high calorie mayonnaise with high protein, low calorie non-fat plain Greek yogurt. I’ll write up a mayonnaise to non-fat Greek yogurt nutrition comparison next.
But first, here’s a great way to add variety to that power tuna salad by using the sweet and savory ingredients like fresh apple, dried cranberries and sun dried tomatoes shown below. Great stuff! Just click either picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow SWEET AND SAVORY POWER TUNA SALAD step-by-step picture book recipe.