When prepared healthfully, salad can be a great way to take care of your heart, digestive system, and your weight. Rich in phytochemicals, a whole food plant-based salad can provide the body with limitless benefits. But one part that seems to hold people up from in making salads healthy is the dressing. No ranch? What about honey mustard or some Thousand Island? Oh, and what about an oil-based dressing?
While some options like olive oil and flax oil may be healthier than commercial salad dressings, oil-free and dairy-free options can provide just as much flavor without all the refined sources of fats and dense calories from oil that don’t come with fiber and as many vitamins and minerals as their whole food counterparts. And dairy-based dressings can contribute excess animal saturated fats that promote cholesterol, while commercial sugar-free or fat-free salad dressings often come with a host of chemical, refined sugary, or artificial sweetener ingredients.