A quick review of the label on your store-bought salad dressing can be very revealing. Packaged for stability, many dressings have preservatives and additives that allow for a long life on grocery store shelves. Consider a few of our "Fit Food Finds" suggestions to make your own fresh dressing whenever you serve a salad. You can easily replace bottled choices with easy to make, healthier ones.

-For a dressing with an oil base, olive oil has a pleasing texture and flavor.

-For creamy dressings, start with a base of plain yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise or low-fat sour cream.

-If you like a little heat, use a dab of Sriracha or hot sauce to give your dressing a lift.

-Use lots of fresh herbs. Experiment with them to season your dressing. Parsley, rosemary and basil are just some of the choices. The options for herbal seasonings are endless.

-Consider a wide variety of vinegars to blend into your dressing that can add distinctive flavor like balsamic, red wine and apple cider varieties. Lemon or lime juice can add a crisp, exciting flavor.

-Get Fruity. Muddled berries and other blended fruits can make your dressing pop.

-Use very finely grated veggies in your like garlic, carrot, onion and celery.

Make your dressing in a small quantity to be sure it has the taste you desire before garnishing your entire salad. And check out all of the great recipes that are online.

When you make your own salad dressing, you're in complete control of the ingredients. Be creative. All you need is a shaker or a blender and some culinary imagination. Make the next salad you serve unique and have everyone asking, "Wow, where did you get that dressing?"

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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for You can follow Marina on Twitter and Instagram @marinapk6.
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