Dr. Melmed’s Salad Dressing

A lot of patients are disappointed when I tell them they should not use salad dressings available in supermarkets because they either contain fat, oil or sugar, containing a whopping 140 to 150 calories per serving. Even the “low calorie” options contain 70 – 90 calories per serving. AND…its non fat!

Here is a simple but delicious recipe containing just 14 to 17 calories (about one tenth of the calories in store-bought dressings) depending on the choice of ingredients you use below.

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (0 calories)

1 tablespoon cranberry juice (9 calories) OR 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice (11 calories)

5 blueberries (5 calories) OR 3 raspberries (6 calories)

Place ingredients in a blender and blend for 3 or 4 seconds so that the berries are not totally liquefied. If the dressing is too vinegary for you, try halving the amount of red wine vinegar or add extra cranberry or pomegranate juice.

Note that the above recipe is for 1 serving. For additional servings or if you want to make additional servings for a future meal, multiply the amount of ingredients by the number of servings you want to make.