Well-Dressed New Year’s Resolutions

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The holidays may be over, but the New Year is reason enough to celebrate. If you made some New Year’s resolutions relating to a healthier lifestyle, you probably plan on eating more fruits and vegetables in the coming months.

We all know what an important role food plays in our lives, and it’s no surprise that we eat with our eyes as well as our mouths. How your food is presented and what it looks like on the plate is an important part of the dining experience. And when it comes to salad, the dressing can make all the difference in whether the salad is a hit or a flop. But if you’re not careful, your salad can turn into a diet disaster and often the culprit is lots of oil, added sweeteners, or too much salt in the dressing. Your best bet is to make your own at home.

Here are some of our favorite salad dressing flavor combinations to try on your well-dressed resolution salads.

Balsamic Vinegar

Cider Vinegar

Lemon Juice

+ Maple Syrup + Greens: mixed greens, arugula, romaine, butter lettuce

Fruit: Apples, Pears, Pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries

Vegetables: winter squash, red onions, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes

Meat: chicken, turkey, steak, tofu, pork

Cheese: goat, feta, blue

Nuts: walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts

Herbs/Spices: thyme, sage, rosemary

Salads to try:

Soy Sauce

(low sodium)

Orange Juice

Lime Juice

Rice Vinegar

+ Honey

Maple Syrup

+ Greens: cabbage, romaine, baby spinach

Fruit: grapefruit, oranges

Vegetables: fennel, carrots, pea pods, broccoli, bell peppers, scallions

Meat: shellfish, chicken, pork, beef, tofu, salmon

Nuts: peanuts, sesame seeds, toasted almonds

Herbs/Spices: cilantro, garlic, ginger

Salads to try:

Lime Juice

Balsamic Vinegar

+ Dijon Mustard + Greens: arugula, mixed greens, romaine

Fruit: avocado

Vegetables: bell peppers, jicama, tomatoes, red onion, corn

Meat: shellfish, chicken, beef, black beans

Cheese: Monterey jack, cheddar

Nuts: pepitas

Herbs/Spices: cilantro, cumin, chili powder

Salads to try:

Balsamic Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar

Lemon Juice

+ Honey


+ Greens: arugula, baby spinach, kale, mixed greens

Fruit: avocado

Vegetables: tomatoes, shallots, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives

Meat: shellfish, chicken, salami, prosciutto

Cheese: Parmesan, asiago, pecorino, mozzarella, ricotta

Nuts: pine nuts

Herbs/Spices: thyme, basil, oregano, garlic, lemon zest, capers

Salads to try:

By Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN for Fresh Express

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