What’s In My Refrigerator? Part III

by · August 20, 2012

This is Part III of this series- Part I is here, and Part II here.

It’s been called the salad killer in some circles as it negates most of the positive aspects of a healthy greens salad with its tons of saturated fat.  It also blows the calorie count through the lid.  Yes, you’re right- it’s the salad dressing.  Without a dressing, salad can be pretty hard to eat, but with most of them that taste rich and creamy, you might as well have ordered that burger instead!

Of course, you can opt for something like a small amount of Olive Oil and vinegar, or even Coconut Oil- both healthy options and they are a nice fresh change, but there are those times when you just long for a thick, rich, and creamy dressing atop your salad, sandwich, etc.  Bolthouse Farms to the rescue!

I have tried several of the Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings and boy do they deliver on taste.  You know how the grocery store aisle dressings taste watered down and nothing like the real dressings you make from a packet combined with mayo?  These taste nothing like that, thank God!  These dressings are found in the produce section and are refrigerated because their base is greek yogurt, and their are a minimal amount of preservatives in here.  The result is something I actually am actually happy to put on my salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc.  I even make chicken breast (sauteed and sliced) with hot wing sauce and either the blue cheese or the ranch yogurt dressing and it’s great for Sunday football watching.

They have two types of dressings available- one’s based on Yogurt as the ingredient to make them creamy, and the other is based on Olive Oil.  Both are excellent and I encourage you to try them both.  I’ve tried about half a dozen different flavors and my favorites are:

Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing

Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinaigrette Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinaigrette Classic Balsamic Dressing

I also love the Blue Cheese Yogurt dressing, which is great for dipping carrots and other veggies.  It’s also great with a healthy wing flavored chicken dish.

One unique ingredient found in most of the dressings is Pineapple juice.  It’s a great way to give a little bit of tangy flavor naturally.  Wonder if that’s the secret to these or if it is the yogurt?  Regardless, there aren’t any questionable ingredients in this stuff.

The best news of all is that these dressings are very low calorie.  Ranging from 30 to 45 calories for 2 tablespoons.  Add that to a big salad of leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, onions, and you have… well, basically 30 to 45 calories, since most veggies have minimal calories and are mostly fiber based carbohydrates!

Let me know how you like them in the comments below!





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