Low-Carb Sweet and Sour Lime Dressing Recipe

sweet and sour lime dressing
Sweet and Sour Lime Salad Dressing. Ben Fink/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images
Total Time 3 min
Prep 3 min, Cook 0 min
Yield Lime Dressing for 1 Salad

I like to whisk the ingredients for this incredibly easy  Low-Carb Sweet and Sour Lime Dressing recipe right in the salad bowl and then just put the salad greens on top and toss.

If you like, you can put the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (from a bottle is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Sweetener to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste or homemade seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Put 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 teaspoon water in the bottom of a salad bowl or in a jar with a screw top.
     
  2. Add sweetener to the tanginess level you want. (I like using liquid sucralose.)
     
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Or use a blend, like homemade seasoning salt, or a blend of herbs. Whisk together to dissolve the salt.
     
  4. Whisk in 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

What Constitutes a Healthy Salad Dressing

The pitfalls when looking for high-quality salad dressings in the store include these four categories: serving size, added sugars, less-than-great oils, and other problematic ingredients.

Serving Size

It only takes a small amount of an oil-based dressing to coat the leaves of a salad. The trick is to put a small amount in a bowl and toss the salad very well. This not only uses less oil, it tastes better when the salad has an even coating of dressing instead of being poured on the top.

Added Sugars

In general, reduced-fat dressings have more sugar than "regular" dressings. Try to find dressings that have zero or one gram of carbohydrate per 2-tablespoon serving, as well as no sugary ingredients, especially in the first four ingredients on the list. Also note that balsamic vinegar tends to have some sugar in it.

Best Oils

Of the easy-to-find and reasonably-priced oils, olive oil is probably the best choice for your salad, at 73% monounsaturated fat and 9% omega-6. It also has other good-for-you nutrients. 

Also, look carefully for partially hydrogenated fat, which is almost entirely trans-fat.

Although most manufacturers have dropped this ingredient in salad dressings, it still appears occasionally -- for example, in Wishbone Blue Cheese Dressing.

Other Ingredients

The shorter the list of "other ingredients," the more natural the product.

The Bottom Line?

Make your own! 

The Best Salad Dressing: Make Your Own!

It is incredibly easy to make your own vinaigrette salad dressing.

You need:

  • Oil
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional: Herbs, spices, fruit, other flavorings, mustard (mustard actually helps hold it together so it doesn't separate as easily.)

The ratio of oil to vinegar should be about 3 to 1. Shake it all together in a jar or whisk in a bowl. That's all there is to it.

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