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3 Tips for Finding A Healthy Salad Dressing

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3 Tips for Finding A Healthy Salad Dressing

The best salad dressings tastefully combine mouth-watering flavors with remarkable nutritional value. 

To find these dressings, you’ll need to navigate a market full of unhealthy options that rely on big brand names and artificial flavors instead of nutritious ingredients and natural taste.

Here at Cleveland Kitchen, we support this search for high-quality, delicious dressings that give your tastebuds and body the respect they deserve. 

For our tips and tricks on finding tasty, healthy, and versatile ways to spruce up your salad, read on for Cleveland Kitchen’s Guide to Healthy Salad Dressing:

Prioritize Nutrition

As with any food, it’s vital to thoroughly investigate the nutritional profile of your salad dressing.

While flavor is essential to the eating experience (as we will discuss later), so is the need for the food you eat to strengthen and nourish your body.

For a clear, detailed example of an excellent dressing, let’s break down the profile of Cleveland Kitchen’s range of nutritious salad dressings, which includes flavors like Sweet Beet, Garlic Italian, Veggie Caesar, and Miso Jalapeño.

In a single serving of any of our delicious salad dressings, you’ll find essential nutrients such as calcium, dietary fiber, and potassium in addition to:

  • No Added Sugars
  • Less than 1g of Saturated Fat
  • No Cholesterol
  • Entirely Vegan and Gluten-Free Ingredients

  • As you also likely realize, it’s as essential to consider what is not found in a food’s nutritional profile as it is to consider what is.

    Many unhealthy salad dressings, including those with popular brand names and supermarket supremacy, are also loaded with harmful ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body.

    Next time you purchase a salad dressing, keep an eye out for unwanted features like:

  • Excess Sugars
  • Surplus of Saturated Fats
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup 

  • Search for Fermented Veggies

    While you may not associate gut-boosting fermented vegetables with most salad dressings, it’s a power combo we emphasize here at Cleveland Kitchen.

    If you’re new to fermented veggies, they are a group of superfoods chock full of healthy, live forms of bacteria and essential nutrients that help your body perform vital chemical processes and increase the population of beneficial bacteria in your microbiome (gut).

    When you consume healthy sources of fermented veggies, like those found in Cleveland Kitchen’s dressings, you open yourself up to potential benefits like:

  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Enhanced Digestive Function
  • Improved Gut-Brain Relationship 
  • Better Nutrient Retention

  • Additionally, fermented veggie dressings can play a significant role in a healthy meal plan.

    With their plentiful nutrients and gut-boosting properties, they can enhance many delicious meals with their bountiful supply of tangy, spicy, or umami flavors and smooth or creamy textures without adding unwanted calories or artificial ingredients.

    Bonus Tip: If you want to take your dressing game up a notch, you need to check out Cleveland Kitchen’s recipes for meals that wonderfully harmonize our fermented-veggie rich dressings with salads, sandwiches, veggie bowls, and more. 

    Image of 4 Cleveland Kitchen Healthy Salad Dressing

    Opt for Great, Natural Flavors

    Nutrients and probiotics can be critical factors in choosing a healthy dressing, but it’s also important to keep in mind the sources and quality of your dressing’s flavors:

    Often, famous brands produce popular dressings that rely on artificial flavors to improve their taste.

    Unfortunately, these unnaturally-enhanced flavors come at nutritional costs.

    In a single serving of many standard salad dressings, you’re liable to find unhealthy, flavor-driven additives like:

  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup 
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

  • To avoid these pitfalls, you need to seek out salad dressings that offer tasty flavors derived from authentic, high-quality sources.

    These sources of flavor typically feature simple, easy-to-identify names and are directly related to the taste of your dressing - - no artificial tinkering required.

    The flavors in our healthy salad dressings at Cleveland Kitchen come from high-quality, nutritious, and fermented veggies supplemented with natural seasonings, healthier oils/marinades (like non-GMO Sunflower Oil), and minimal sugar levels.

    Bonus Tip: The best dressings are far more adaptable than you may think. To infuse more probiotics, healthy nutrients, and natural flavors into your diet, feel free to add your favorite fermented veggie dressings to sandwiches, meats, grain bowls, or any of your other favorites. 

    Cleveland Kitchen’s Dressings

    Here at Cleveland Kitchen, we know what makes a salad dressing great from personal experience.

    We use local, Midwestern ingredients and sustainable growing practices to produce uber delicious fermented veggie dressings loaded with essential nutrients, gut-boosting probiotics, and oodles of mouth-watering flavor.

    Whether you’re a salad pro or looking to improve your diet with some nutritious leafy greens, our six dressings span the range of tangy, spicy, savory, creamy, and umami flavors and textures to treat your body and taste buds right:

  • Veggie Caesar
  • Sweet Beet
  • Miso Jalapeño
  • Garlic Italian
  • Backyard Ranch
  • Variety Pack

  • If you can’t get enough fermented goodness, also check out our diverse selection of culinary crafted recipes for easy-to-follow guides on preparing tasty, nutritious meals with Cleveland Kitchen’s dressings, sauerkraut, or classic kimchi.

    To learn more about Cleveland Kitchen and our nutrition mission, check out our About Us page, keep up with our blog, and check out our YouTube page for tips and how-tos on our delicious and healthy salad recipes. 

    Medical Disclaimer: All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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