Eating Healthy’s Too Expensive? I Should be 400 Pounds by Now…

Most people decide if a salad dressing is healthy or not based on whether it is cream or oil based. In truth, most salad dressings are horrible. If you think you are going healthy by going for the low-fat, low-calorie stuff, you are pouring a chemical cocktail all over your leafy greens.

When you cook at home, you control what you eat. Making your own salad dressing is not only healthier, it is insanely cheap. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m cheap- unless I’m drinking, then I’m generous and leave with the bar tab of a professional athlete.

Here is a salad dressing I make quite often, with random crap I found in my cupboards. It tastes a lot like a balsamic vinaigrette and I haven’t found a salad it doesn’t taste faboo on.

  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Put it in a jar and shake it up. This is a great way to use up old pickle or condiment jars. It ends up pretty strong so a little goes a long way. If the acid is too much, add a tbsp or 2 of water to thin it out.

Drizzled over a bed of romaine with grapefruit, orange, thinly sliced onions and almonds. I stole the recipe for this salad from Duke’s Chowderhouse, a delish seafood joint on Alki beach in Seattle. They serve it with candied walnuts (or pecans? It’s been a while) and Gorgonzola cheese.

A big excuse for eating fast food and giving control of your food over to someone else is that it is expensive to eat healthy and stock your kitchen with fresh, raw foods. Not so. Make a batch of the dressing, grab a bag of greens, a small bag of nuts, one orange, one grapefruit and one onion. Just slice off the same fruit and onion each time you want a salad, sprinkle on some nuts, and drizzle the dressing- it’ll last you the entire week for around 10 bucks.

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3 thoughts on “Eating Healthy’s Too Expensive? I Should be 400 Pounds by Now…

  1. glidingcalm says:

    naice! I’ve been meaning to make a homemade Caesar! i die for Caesar dressing! I used to use low-fat dressings, but now I’m all about the creamy, fatty, deliciousness. Though I do LOVE lots of lemon juice on almost any salad! :D

  2. Oooo Caesar is my fave. If I’m going light, red wine vinegar is enough for me, but I’ll take full fat over low fat any day. The ingredient lists of those scare the crap out of me.

  3. If you want to really control your weight and extra fats then its must to stop taking fast food because they have high calories and keeps on increasing the fats. A little workout can also make the trick.

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