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.

Best Low Carb Salad DressingsBest Low Carb Salad Dressings

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.

Best Low Carb Salad Dressings Best Low Carb Salad Dressings

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.




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.  




Where’s the good cheese?

good cheese plate

Reviews, Small Plates | December 19, 2015 | By

This post is inspired by my neighbor Greg who insists I must have a secret knock or a, special, assigned to me, cheese-monger-type-lady friend at the supermarket that gives me exclusive access to all “the good cheese”. I assure him that this is not the case – she is not assigned to me exclusively and its more of a nod than a knock! We often find ourselves around our kitchen island at happy hour or even after a late night ping-pong session sampling all my recent good cheese finds that are well-matched to various jams and other accoutrements.

I assure you that even though cheese is keto-friendly, I often partake in the less keto, crackers, honey and jam, but within reason, and only once a week. Some things just go too well together – Is it wine:30 yet?

This time of year the markets load up on specialty cheeses more so than any other time of year anticipating our demand and willingness to splurge on entertainment for the holidays. The best cheese is often from Europe as well as some artisan local selections and all tend to be pricey. If you keep an eye out, some of these more expensive cheeses are marked down 50% as they near their sell-by date. That works for me as long as a happy hour plan is only a day or so away – ripe and ready to eat at 1/2 price – sign me up!

In order of best selection locally, Big Y hands down has got their act together in the cheese dept. Stop n Shop is next with ShopRight always tailing way behind. The Fresh Market also has a great selection of good cheese but at 20-30% more expensive overall than the others.

Good Cheese Selection at Big Y

The Good Cheese at Big Y

One of the cheese isles at Big Y in Avon, CT.

If you are a silver card member or are sitting on some silver coins from Big Y be sure to pick up some Prosciutto Di Parma to go with your cheese. It is almost always on sale for $14.99/lb. and if your catch it right – $9.99/lb.

Below are some great ones: Humboldt Fog – Goat, Fromager d’Affinois – Brie, Jarlsberg – Swiss, local aged Cheddar, Gorgonzola from Italy.

Mostly, cheese is about personal preference but be sure to explore and try something different, smelly or expensive this holiday season. I know I will. Cheers!

A Good Cheese Plate

A Good Cheese Plate


Burrata and Arugula Salad


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
Amount Per Serving
Calories 358
Calories from Fat 226
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 15g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 90mg
Sodium 716mg
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  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
  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!
  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.
 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.