Putting together a salad is an art form of sorts. You can go in several different directions depending on the type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, whether you want something warm or refreshing, if you’re trying to avoids grains, dairy, and meat, so on and so forth. While making a healthy salad is a task in itself, arguably the most important of a salad is the dressing. Not only does it tie all of the ingredients of the dish together, but it determines whether the final result is actually healthy or not. After all, even the most nutrient-dense salad can be made unhealthy with a thick, fatty, and sugar-laden dressing. Believe us, we’ve seen it happen a hundred times.
So, what do you do when you’re looking for a tasty, healthy dressing that won’t completely derail your plan to eat wholesome foods? Well, there are a few good rules of thumb to follow. For one, dairy-free dressing tends to be lighter and less fatty. Also, finding salad dressings with less than 20 ingredients is usually a good idea. Or… just let your friends at One Green Planet guide the way! Here are 12 low-fat and vegan salad dressings that ditch the fat but keep the flavor. Enjoy!