My 10 Most Tempting Fatty Foods
Temptation #10: Caesar Salad with Crunchy Croutons continued...
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) and 170 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.
Luckily, there are a couple of great-tasting light bottled salad dressings that reduce the fat and calories per serving.
To make your own version at home, 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 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.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.