Keys to Good Salad Dressing

It’s summer, which means that farmer’s markets and grocery stores are filled with fresh vegetables that go great in salads. There are so many different types of salad dressings available that it can be hard to decide which one you should choose.

Commercial salad dressings from brands like Hidden Valley and Kraft have large ingredients lists full of preservatives and artificial ingredients. These additives have been linked to headaches, body pain, asthma, and more. You might be tempted to try fat free dressings, but remember that our bodies need fats to help absorb the vitamins and minerals in the vegetables on your salad.

Even natural salad dressings made with real ingredients can contain soybean oil, a highly refined and processed fat. Although the soybean may be organic, the process used to extract the oil can be damaging. Instead try to find salad dressing with expeller-pressed vegetable oil, such as canola or sunflower. This type of oil does not use chemicals to extract the oil.

No matter what, homemade dressings are the best for your body because you can control the ingredients. Try this easy vinaigrette salad dressing, if you need a recipe.

Learn more about what to look for from Tamara Brown, RD, and Nutritional Weight & Wellness.