If you're anything like me, there's a time that comes each year where you start to worry about swimsuit season. For me, that time occurred about 3 weeks ago. And as much as I would love to say exercise alone is enough, it's not. Which means bring on the spring diet of salads.
Don't get me wrong, salads can be tasty with fruit and protein and all sorts of other goodies but ultimately the thing that really makes a salad especially tasty is the dressing. And I just can't get excited about the fruit juice and salt or light on the oil / heavy on the vinegar concoctions of the diet world. Nothing is better than a bold tasting creamy Caesar or Blue Cheese dressing. Only downside, any calories you spared going with a salad are pretty much destroyed by these dressings.
But I'm not one to give up... especially when flavor is on the line. So I've looked around and tried a few different recipe options and found hands-down the BEST low calorie dressings for lovers of Caesar and Blue Cheese! Interested? Read on.
When it comes to Caesar dressing, I know we all typically think of the classic creamy Caesar. But I've been introduced to the California-style of the "classic" Caesar and personally, I think it was a trade up. What's the difference? The cream. That's right. All the calories are hidden in the mayo and parmesan cheese of the classic Caesar you find on the supermarket shelves. I'm hear to tell you, you don't need it. Don't believe me? Give this recipe a try and I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised. Even more surprising, without the cream this dressing works very well on most salad mixtures. You don't have to sacrifice the yummy fruits or veggies that always seem to just not work with creamy Caesar.
CAESAR DRESSING RECIPE courtesy of Food52
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp anchovy paste or anchovy fillet, crushed
- 1/2-1 lemon, juiced
Directions: Mix all together thoroughly and refrigerate in a covered container or bottle for up to one week.
Now for the fun part. There are only 107.38 calories in a serving of this Caesar dressing. What's the typical count? 210. That's almost half the savings!
Now onto a true love of mine: blue cheese. I just can't LIVE without blue cheese dressing for my hot wings. (Side note: I have a low calorie option for hot wings as well that'll have you never turning back to traditional fried wings. Intrigued? Click Here for the recipe.)
BLUE CHEESE DRESSING RECIPE
- 2 oz. (about 1/2 heaping cup) blue cheese crumbles
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fat free buttermilk
- 2 tbsp light mayo
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions: In a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the cheese and yogurt until it forms a chunky paste about the consistency of cottage cheese. Stir in the buttermilk, mayo and lemon juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Store in a covered container or bottle in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Calories on this one? 45.54 per serving. Yes ma'am. What's the typical count? 150. That's about 70% savings!
Now, who's craving a salad?