Wednesday, April 15, 2009

3 - 2 - 1 Salad Dressing

I don't know about you, but finding a fat free salad dressing that tastes great can be a challenge. I usually end up making my own (which can consist of boiling and stirring to get it thick using cornstarch) or just drizzling a bit of good balsamic straight on the leaves. And if money were no object, I would have a bottle of 15 year aged balsamic in my cupboard at ALL times. Usually I settle for Trader Joes's aged balsamic and it's pretty good. (Although trying that 15 year aged one has forever left me a balsamic snob)

Here is a salad dressing that you can mix up in minutes. Made from ingredients you probably have on hand right now. That has NO fat, tastes great, and will even stick to the leaves of your lettuce with out doing the cornstarch thing.

I think I found this recipe on the McDougall Discussion Board but I can't be sure. It was a few weeks ago and I was surfing all over the www. looking for a new salad dressing. So if you know where I got this from please leave it in the comments so I can give props accordingly.

Here's what you do:

3 - 2 - 1 Salad Dressing

3 parts pure maple syrup
2 parts balsamic (or try any kind)
1 part Dijon mustard (or try other kinds)

Whisk together above ingredients and viola! there you have it!

I remember seeing a few variations, like 2 parts vinegar and 3 parts maple syrup. You can experiment to see what you like best. Leave your comments (and any other yummy fat free dressing recipes) so we can share ideas.

On a side note, stop by VEGAN DADs website and check out his Vegan Sausages. They are AWESOME!! Totally grill worthy, even amongst a crew of meat lovers! (Everyone loved them!) I will definitely be making these a lot this summer for barbeques. My family would have liked them if they were sausage lovers (which they're not!) Dang. But no worries, I will make them just for me...And maybe a few lucky neighbors. Oh yeah, they already got the recipe and made some themselves!!


Karyn said...

I make the 3-2-1- dressing, too. I got it originally from the McDougall boards, but I don't remember where they said it came from.

I use the 3 maple syrup, 2 balsamic vinegar & 1 dijon mustard formula. My hubby is a total meat lover. He is also a huge sweet lover, so the maple syrup 3-2-1 is his absolute favorite dressing. Since I started making this dressing for him, he now requests a salad with most meals and his meat consumption is really reduced...without him even realizing it.

I bring this dressing in a small container when I take my mom to lunch. Her favorite restaurant has no vegan options other than a salad bar, so I use my own dressing and can stay healthy with my eating.

This dressing recipe is a real keeper.

Krista said...

This is good to know. We usually go with herb vinegar or balsamic. I also use a touch of flaxseed oil because I'm a nursin' mom and want to be sure my kiddo gets all the omega-3's he needs.

Martha J said...

This recipe sounded very familiar. So I looked it up. I first saw those ingredients together in Dr. Esselstyn's book. It is listed as Jane's, their daughter. However, she uses the ingredients in a different combination:

3 parts balsamic vinegar
2 parts mustard of choice
1 part maple syrup

I think the combination is a matter of taste. Some like their dressing sweet, some tangy.

They are a terrific combo!


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