Best Low Carb Salad Dressings and the Perfect Avocado

Reviews, Salads, Small Plates | January 8, 2016 | By

Some of the best low carb salad dressings come from a bottle.

More often than not we make our own simple vinaigrette to go on our various salads but there are nights, when short on time, a decent bottled dressing does the trick. If you are looking for the best low carb salad dressings and the perfect avocado you do not have to go far. Most on the market are loaded with sugars and other questionable ingredients but then there are some really good ones if you know what to look for.

Newman’s Own offers several low carb, 2-3 grams per serving, options that are great in a pinch. They even have a low carb Caesar dressing but if I am going to make a Caesar Salad, I’m going to make it from scratch.

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Best Low Carb Salad Dressings Best Low Carb Salad Dressings

One of my favorite quick lunches I learned from my mother. Believe it or not between the Rice Krispies and Pop Tarts there are a few healthy food habits that your / my parents passed down, whether they knew it or not at the time.

Take a perfectly ripe avocado, remove the pit and fill the cavity with a good italian-ish dressing – dig in with a spoon getting some dressing with each bite. So simple and yet this is how I learned to eat an avocado. Who knew all these years later that avocado would play such an important role in my weight loss as it represents the perfect keto-friendly food. Thanks Mom! I still have not adopted her avocado-pit-on-the-window-sill-tree thing but hey, there’s still time!

Perfect Avocado

If somehow you are new to avocados, here is the secret to a perfect ripe one. When you get one home, if its it is still hard and green, leave it on the counter for a day or two until it darkens a bit and feels a little soft but still firm when pressed on. Then put it in the fridge which will slow down the ripening process keeping it perfect until you are ready to eat it. Another way is checking under the stem. This part of the avocado holds a sneak peak for what’s going on under the skin.

Best Low Carb Salad Dressings

Peel back the small stem or cap at the top of the avocado. If it comes away easily and you find light green / yellow underneath, you’ve got a good avocado that’s ripe and ready to eat.
 
Another great brand that has so many great low carb options, 0-3 grams per serving, is Annie’s. I try to stick with their organic variety as they have both organic and non-organic of most of their offerings.

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Best Low Carb Salad Dressings Best Low Carb Salad Dressings

Best Low Carb Salad DressingsBest Low Carb Salad Dressings

Another favorite low carb option, if you can find it, is from Cindy’s Kitchen. These are some of the cleanest bottled dressings on the market and will be found refrigerated among the veggie isles as they are the freshest on this list. Many of these have zero carbs so enjoy them often.

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You can’t go wrong with these easy week night shortcut dressings. Then again there is always the simplest solution – A really good EV olive oil and a squeeze of lemon on some arugula, salt and pepper, avocado, toasted pine nuts, shave some fresh fennel and parmesan and in minutes your perfect keto side salad is table ready.  

 

 

 

Spinach and Brussel Sprout Salad

Salads, Sides | December 29, 2015 | By


I have been part of the brussel sprout camp for some time now. If you have not yet joined I can understand as they do need to be prepared well – not under cooked…. not overcooked and properly seasoned. I have come to love a roasted brussel sprout so I thought I would venture out of my norm and try some salad variations and this spinach and brussel sprout salad has become a keeper at our house. Hope you enjoy it as well.

 

Spinach and Brussel Sprout Salad
Serves 2
A zesty and easy salad you will come back to again and again.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
347 calories
14 g
13 g
31 g
8 g
6 g
195 g
564 g
3 g
0 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
195g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347
Calories from Fat 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
47%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 13mg
4%
Sodium 564mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
97%
Vitamin C
111%
Calcium
19%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the dressing
  1. 1 small clove of garlic
  2. 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  3. 1/8 tsp Fresh ground pepper
  4. 1 tsp whole grain Dijon mustard
  5. 2 tsp sherry vinegar
  6. 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  7. 1/8 tsp honey
  8. 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  9. 1 tsp lemon zest
  10. 1 tbs water
  11. 3 tbs EV olive oil
For the salad
  1. 1/4 lb Brussel Sprouts
  2. 3 cups of fresh baby spinach
  3. 1/4 cup fresh avocado
  4. 1 tbs toasted pumpkin seeds
  5. 1 tbs toasted sliced almonds
  6. 1/8 cup of fresh blueberries
  7. 1/4 cup Manchego cheese or Parmesean cheese - shaved
  8. Fresh ground salt and pepper.
For the dressing
  1. On a wooden cutting board make a paste of the garlic and salt with the edge of a large chef knife.
  2. In a small bowl add the garlic paste, mustard, vinegar, pepper and wisk.
  3. Add the lemon juice, honey, lemon zest and wisk again.
  4. Drizzle olive oil while wisking
  5. Add water and wisk again.
For the salad
  1. Slice the brussel sprouts thin - leave out the bottom stem
  2. In a large salad bowl add the spinach and brussel sprouts.
  3. Add seeds, nuts, and blueberries.
  4. Toss salad with dressing.
  5. Add fresh ground salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Add avocado.
  7. Add cheese.
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Killer Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Mains, Salads | November 13, 2015 | By

My Infamous Caesar Salad has been know by family and friends for decades. I experienced my first table side Caesar Salad back in the late 80’s at La Vie n Rose on the Berlin Turnpike. I was blown away… asked the waiter for the recipe and have been mashing forks in a large Vermont hand-carved wooden bowl ever since. More recently,

I found a great version in Unionville CT, made table-side by a native New Orleans Restauranteur transplant named Matthew at his upscale restaurant of the same name.

His version was slightly different but amazing all the same. I always enjoyed our conversations as I watched his moves carefully in order to improve my skills. By chance, Lisa and I were there for dinner the night after Matthew passed away suddenly. He will be missed by many who enjoyed his stories and his creole inspired cuisine. As an homage to the former owner, his 2 large Wooden Caesar Salad bowls still adorn the new space refreshed by Cure which has recently opened in its place. 

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Matthew dazzling with Bananas Foster.

So my recipe below comes from years of study and has been adapted for a lower carb lifestyle and a quicker and creamier execution as we make this recipe weekly. If you’re lucky, you will have some extra dressing for a lunch Caesar salad the next day. I usually add some prosciutto di parma for my leftover lunch version.

 

Killer Caesar Salad
Serves 4
A Caesar Salad you'll remember and make often.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
399 calories
16 g
85 g
29 g
22 g
9 g
404 g
903 g
5 g
0 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
404g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399
Calories from Fat 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
45%
Saturated Fat 9g
46%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 85mg
28%
Sodium 903mg
38%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 8g
31%
Sugars 5g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
554%
Vitamin C
27%
Calcium
57%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large clove of garlic
  2. 7 anchovies
  3. 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  5. 1 tsp of dried oregano
  6. 1.5 tbsp mustard powder ( dijon mustard is also an option)
  7. 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  8. 1 egg yolk - coddled
  9. 1/4 cup EV olive oil
  10. 1/4 cup avocado oil
  11. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  12. 1.5 cups grated and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
  13. 10 fried pork skins (chichamarrones)
  14. 2 hearts of romaine
For the dressing
  1. In a mini-prep processor add the garlic, anchovies, ground pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. Blend until well combined.
  3. Add oregano, mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, and egg yolk.
  4. Blend until well combined.
  5. Drizzle olive oil and then avocado oil slowly as you blend until creamy.
For the Salad
  1. In a large bowl - tear lettuce, by hand only to large bite sized pieces. Discard green tops.
  2. Grate 1 cups of the Parmigiano cheese. Shave the other 1/2 cup - set aside.
  3. Toss the salad with dressing until well coated.
  4. Add the grated Parmigiano - toss well.
  5. Sprinkle the red wine vinegar and toss again.
  6. Add the shaved Parmigiano - toss well.
  7. Add the croutons - fried pork skins - break them each in 2.
  8. Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
  9. Serve right away.
Notes
  1. To make it a meal on its own add sliced grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp or steak.
  2. Extra dressing may be enough for a lunch salad the next day - so nutrition info per serving may be off (high) a bit.
Adapted from Matthew Popkin
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Burrata and Arugula Salad

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Salads, Small Plates | November 11, 2015 | By

This is one of my favorite go-to appetizers once Tomato Season arrives. In general Tomatoes are higher in carbs than other veggies (I know.. it’s really a fruit) so I added Arugula to this Caprese dish so I can go lighter on the tomatoes. No matter how lower-carb I am trying eat, there is no way I’m not eating local tomatoes at the end of summer when they are at their best here in New England. 

Another version of this salad has very good store bought variety of small tomatoes on the vine from Backyard Farms. I roast them at 350 degrees for 10-15min. The results… freakin awesome!

Burrata and Arugula Salad
Serves 2
This is one of the best caprese-like salads you'll have all summer.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
358 calories
6 g
90 g
26 g
26 g
15 g
207 g
716 g
4 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
207g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358
Calories from Fat 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 15g
75%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 90mg
30%
Sodium 716mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
32%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
59%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large ball Burrata Cheese
  2. 1 large Heirloom Tomato
  3. Fresh Arugula
  4. 5 leaves Fresh Basil
  5. Balsamic Vinegar
  6. Good E.V. Olive Oil
  7. S & P - fresh ground
Instructions
  1. Toss Arugula with Olive oil to lightly coat.
  2. Lightly season with fresh ground Salt and Pepper.
  3. Slice Tomato thick and place several slices on top of the Arugula.
  4. Lightly season with fresh ground Salt and Pepper.
  5. Slice cold Burrata ball in half and carefully place cut side down on the tomatoes.
  6. Chiffonade Basil and sprinkle on Tomatoes and Burrata.
  7. Lightly season with fresh ground Salt and Pepper.
  8. Drizzle Olive oil over Burrata and tomatoes.
  9. Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar.
  10. Serve with 2 forks and knives and enjoy!
Notes
  1. - Be sure to keep the the Burrata in the fridge until you are ready to make this as it is easier and less messy to cut in half when cold.
  2. - If you are not Keto-ing today, you can serve this app with some ciabatta toasts.
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 My favorite local brand of Burrata by far is from Mapplebrook Farms in Bennington Vermont. You can find it at Big Y and Stop n Shop and many specialty stores in the area.

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