Hello all. Well, the weeks of eating everything in sight have finally started catching up with my waistline (and my hips, and my thighs...) in a major way, so I am trying to be proactive in planning some nutritional changes that I'd like to make starting after New Years.
One thing that has been bothering me for a while now is the fact that, while I pack a salad for lunch everyday, (I'm a vegetarian who packs a salad-in-a-bag type of thing with mock chicken patty pieces in it), my mathematical caloric calculations have lead me to believe that my salad is no more nutrionally saavy than a cheeseburger would be, due to the salad dressing I am using. While I have used some light salad dressings in the past, I haven't found one that I actually like (or can even tolerate) for an extended period of time. And, I feel like I am probably using about twice the serving size of dressing per salad, putting my caloric intake on salad dressing alone at at least 200 calories. So, I decided to turn to all of you wonderful, knowledge-filled people for help.
Does anyone know of a good, readily available light salad dressing? Here are a few stipulations: It can't contain any gelatin, anchovies, bacon, or other "meats," though dairy is fine; it can't be a balsamic base; it must have under 100 calories per 2 tablespoon serving, though I would prefer that it have under 80. Ideally, I'd like something that is Good Seasons-esque...an italian base that isn't overly sweet, spicy, or vinegary. However, I've had no luck finding this magical dressing.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has any homemade light dressings they'd like to suggest, I'd be happy to repost this under the Homecooking" section of the site.
Thanks and happy holiday gourging!