Low Cholesterol Recipe of Light and Creamy Summer Salads
Are you heavy handed with your salad dressing?
Most people assume salads are always the healthiest and low calorie option for a meal at home or a restaurant, but this is not always the case as many people tend to overload their salads with high fat and calorie creamy salad dressing.
Pre-made salad dressings can make a healthy salad unhealthy by adding a high amount of sodium, saturated fat, refined sugar, chemicals, and preservatives.
Reduce or completely eliminate the unhealthy makeup of your favorite creamy salad dressing by making your own homemade dressings. Homemade dressings are easy to make and taste much better than the commercial brands.
Try making your own dressing by whipping up this week’s featured recipe, Broccoli Salad with Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.
Low cholesterol recipe of broccoli salad with creamy buttermilk ranch dressing:
Nix the artery-clogging mayonnaise and instead use a low fat Greek yogurt-based dressing to make your summer salads creamy.
Yield: 6 servings (1 cup per serving)
Ingredients for Broccoli Salad:
- 4 cups of fresh broccoli florets (about ½ lb)
- 1-15.5 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup of raisins
- ¼ up of sunflower seeds
- ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Ingredients for Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:
- ½ cup buttermilk, low fat
- 1 cup of 0% Greek yogurt (or light sour cream)
- 1 scallion, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp of dill
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp cracked black pepper
In a large bowl, mix the broccoli salad ingredients together. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Pour the dressing onto the broccoli salad and mix well until the salad dressing evenly covers the entire salad.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Salad with dressing:
Calories: 143 kcal, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Carbohydrate: 21 g, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Protein: 9g, Sodium: 326 mg
Salad without dressing: (1 cup)
Calories: 129 kcal, Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 9 mg, Carbohydrate: 20 g, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Protein: 8g, Sodium: 310 mg
Dressing: (2 Tablespoons)
Calories: 16 kcal, Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrate: 2 g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 17 mg
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