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Are your taste buds craving for some rich flavours in your plant-based salads? If yes, you have landed on the right page! Plant-based salads can get quite monotonous, especially when it is part of your daily routine diet. We all look for different ways to make our plant-based salads more tasty, healthy and interesting. Apart from the boring greens and vegetables, adding some healthy, low-calorie, delicious ingredients in your salad dressings will help you satisfy your cravings. This will also inspire you to eat more of plant-based salads without having to worry about any extra amount of calories in your diet!

Let us take a look at 5 tasty salad dressings that you can add to your plant-based salads:

  1. Apple ginger Vinaigrette

This is an oil-free dressing which you can prepare in 5 minutes with a mixed tangy and sweet flavour. The dressing consists of a smooth paste prepared with one medium apple, distilled white vinegar, maple syrup, tahini, onion powder, ginger powder, garlic, mustard, sea salt and rice vinegar.

A smooth blend of all these ingredients would provide you with a wide variety of health benefits including rich nutrients (vitamin C), weight management, improved immunity and anti-inflammatory effects.

  1. Mexicrema Dressing

This is a plant-based dressing with a combination of salty and tangy flavours which can be added to dishes other than salads as well. The paste is made from organic silken tofu, onion powder, nutritional yeast, cilantro, garlic powder, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and avocado.

The ingredients can be blended in a blender until a smooth mixture is obtained. The ingredients in this dressing provide you with a combination of nutrients including vitamin A, B, C and K with antioxidant effects. Nutritional yeast is a rich source of protein, vitamin B and other minerals. These ingredients also aid in management of blood sugar levels and weight loss.

  1. Creamy Sesame Dressing

This dressing consists of ingredients with balanced flavours to make your salad tasty and mouth-watering. The ingredients used for this dressing are tahini, plums, onions, maple syrup water, soy sauce and parsley.

These simple ingredients can be smoothly blended to achieve a creamy texture. This is a highly nutritious dressing as it consists of tahini (made from sesame seeds) which is a rich source of healthy vitamins, minerals and fats. All the ingredients are low in calories with high content of vitamin C, vitamin B and potassium, providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

  1. Creamy Avocado Dressing 

This is an oil-free salad dressing which goes well with all kinds of vegetables, enhancing the taste of your salad. The ingredients include one ripe avocado, lemon juice, roasted garlic cloves, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar.

Avocados are packed with vitamins and minerals such as C, B1, B2, B3, E, K, niacin, magnesium and potassium. They are rich sources of energy with anti-inflammatory effects. Avocados also help in maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol. Lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C with antioxidant effects and garlic helps to boost the immune system to fight infections.

  1. Datey Mustard Dressing 

This is a must try oil-free dressing for all you honey-mustard flavour lovers. The ingredients include dates, parsnips, water, yellow mustard, shallots and stone ground mustard.

Dates are rich in fibre and several other vitamins, serving as the most healthy, natural sweetening agent. Fibre can help to improve digestive health and promote smooth bowel movements. Mustard seeds, parsnips and shallots are rich in iron and calcium with high antioxidant effects.

Conclusion:

Salads are super healthy; do not compromise its nutrient value by adding unhealthy dressings. Use the above-mentioned dressings to dress your salads; sit back and enjoy the interesting flavours, without worrying about the extra calories. 

References

  1. Salad Dressings. Center for Nutrition Studies.

https://nutritionstudies.org/recipes/salad-dressing/

Accessed on 24 June, 2021.

  1. 5 Oil-Free, Dairy-Free Salad Dressings. One Green Planet.

Accessed on 24 June, 2021.

  1. Creamy Vegan Salad Dressings to Take Your Next Lunch Up a Notch. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.

https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-creamy-salad-dressings/

Accessed on 24 June, 2021.

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