Monday, March 30, 2009

One + One + One = One (point)

The easiest and lightest way to make a great salad is to just remember my formula. I find that a salad - if it is quick - makes a satisfying snack or can really fill out a meal that just seems too small to satisfy. Try this...

  1. Mix your salad greens (lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peppers, parsley - whatever you have on hand). Make sure all of these greens are dry.
  2. Toss with ONE teaspoon of health oil, such as olive oil. When I say toss I mean really toss to coat all the leaves - one teaspoon will do it.
  3. Add ONE teaspoon of Dijon mustard and toss again - at this point you can add spices if you like.
  4. Add ONE teaspoon of vinegar (any flavor you like) and toss again.
  5. Enjoy!

This is only one point. The reason it taste like a fully dressed salad with 3 or 4 points of dressing is because you tossed the oil in before the other liquids. The oil then has a chance to coat everything. If the other liquids are mixed with the oil or added at the same time the liquids will not allow the oil to stick to the leaves. Therefore it will require more oil to taste like a true vinaigrette.

If you are making salad for more than one person, just multiply by the number of people. Your guests will really like this.

Try it; it works!