Engine 2 Diet Oil-Free Dressing

Engine 2 Diet Oil-Free Dressing

I know the name doesn’t really say much about this salad dressing, but you’ll have to trust me on this one, it is amazing! I’ve adapted this from the Engine 2 Diet’s “E2 Basics Dressing” (an even more anemic title than mine), and I make sure we always have a good supply on hand. I really don’t spend much time making this – it takes about 5 minutes to throw together and makes enough to last a week or so.

I’ve been trying to limit the amount of oil in my diet lately and the discovery of this dressing has made it surprisingly easy and delicious. I eat a huge salad of mixed greens every day and adding this dressing turns a simple salad into a nutritional powerhouse. I really like using Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as opposed to tamari or soy sauce. The flavor is great, there is no added sodium or preservatives, and it contains 16 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein!

Forget the name, go ahead and give this super easy dressing a try and let me know how much you love it!

6 Tbsp nutritional yeast
3 Tbsp tamari or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
3 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
3 tsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1/4 cup cold water

Combine all ingredients in blender and mix well. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition
Servings: 8
Per serving: 63 calories (12 from fat), 1.3g total fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 9.7g total carbohydrate (2.8g dietary fiber, 5.8g sugar), 4.4g protein, 0% vitamin A, 9% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 10% Iron

  • Good Points: Low in saturated fat, no cholesterol, high in dietary fiber, iron, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and zinc

Zesty Tahini Oil-Free Dressing

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We have been trying a number of oil-free dressings lately and this one is definitely the best so far. It’s ridiculously simple, truly creamy, and just explodes with flavor. The recipe below makes enough for a few large salads but you may find yourself doubling it and using it every day (or is that just me?).

Try this and see if you don’t find yourself thinking about it all day…

1 clove garlic, crushed
4 scallions, diced
6 Tbsp sesame tahini
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a little water to reach your desired consistency, keeping in mind it will thicken in the fridge.

Nutrition
Servings: 6
Per serving: 109 calories (82 from fat), 9.1g total fat, 1.3g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 2.7g total carbohydrate (0.8g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 2.8g protein, 2% vitamin A, 11% vitamin C, 1% calcium, 6% Iron

  • Good Points: No cholesterol, low in sugar, high in vitamin C and iron