After a weekend of eating too many carbs and heavy foods, I like to eat light during the week with a nice salad. I’ve even converted my husband to be a salad eater! Not only do I like making hearty salads at home, but I also like to make my own dressing. My Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing is fresh, tangy, and a delicious addition to any salad. Green onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, Greek yogurt blended with honey and oil make for a flavorful, fresh salad dressing made at home! This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and 1 tablespoon is 1 SmartPoint.
One thing that being on Weight Watchers has taught me is that I really need to pay attention to food labels and what’s in jarred or bottled foods. I used to buy fat free salad dressing all the time without paying any attention to what is actually in the dressing. This also goes for jarred salsas… I was a jarred salsa hoarder and used to buy a different brand of jarred salsa every week when I went to the grocery store. Now, I just make my own salsa!
One day, I decided to actually read the food ingredients on the bottled salad dressing and was shocked by ingredients that: #1 I couldn’t pronounce and #2 the amount of ingredients! A lot of processed food has artificial ingredients to make it fat free and keep it preserved. After deciding that I didn’t want to buy fat free dressing anymore, I started to make my own or buy certain brands that limit the number of ingredients. I always thought that homemade salad dressing was super fattening and not Weight Watchers friendly, until I actually gave it a try!
As of late, my current homemade salad dressing obsession is my Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing. I’m a sucker for any sauces or dips that are creamy and this dressing is just that! Fresh herbs mixed with Greek yogurt and a hint of honey are the perfect addition to any salad. I like to make a batch of this on Sunday and have it on hand throughout the week for a quick lunch or dinner salad dressing. Not only is this dressing fresh and made without preservatives, it’s SO easy!
To a food processor (or blender), just add green onions, half a jalapeno (seeds remove), cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, olive oil, and water.
Blend up the dressing until its smooth! This dressing with stay fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing is fresh, tangy, and a delicious addition to any salad. Green onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, Greek yogurt blended with honey and oil make for a flavorful, fresh salad dressing made at home! I’ve got the perfect salad for this dressing that I will be posting later this week :-). Only 21 calories, ZERO carbs, and 1 Weight Watchers SmartPoint per serving!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
Check out this 45 second video for how to make Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing: