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10 Ways to Lighten Up Your Favorite Fatty Foods

Tricks and tips to help you eat the treats you love

10. The Fatty Food: Caesar Salad

Even if you toss your salad at home, 2 tablespoons of a bottled regular-calorie Caesar dressing totals about 18 grams of fat (3 grams saturated) with 170 calories.

Lighten It Up: Skip the croutons, and whip up your own salad dressing. Put the following in a food processor or blender: a teaspoon of minced or crushed garlic, about 6 anchovy fillets, 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon drained capers (rinsed), 3/4 teaspoon dried mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pulse to make a puree. Add 1/4 cup olive oil or canola oil in a slow, steady stream until a creamy emulsion forms. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, and stir in 1/4 cup lower-fat sour cream or plain yogurt and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. If the dressing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of low-fat milk.

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Reviewed on May 08, 2014
Edited on March 29, 2011

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