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If I'm eating out and decide to order a salad, which dressing(s) should I choose?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Among the popular salad dressings that are widely available, which ones are relatively paleo-friendly?

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on July 06, 2012
at 06:16 PM

This works for me.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Oh, I agree. I'm just hypothetically speaking. It's all about the quality of life. Not how many years your alive, but how much life is in those years!

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I totally do the lemon squeeze thing on my salads and I love it. I had a chef actually come up to me in a restaurant, after adding lemon instead of dressing, and say "that gives me an idea". It is a nice fresh thing to do to a salad...especially in 90+ heat...

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on July 06, 2012
at 11:27 AM

It's a nice goal to shoot for, especially when eating out, so you aren't dosed with nasty oils, preservatives, and completely unnecessary sugars.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Why is no dressing a nice goal to shoot for? Olive oil + slice of lemon seems quite fine to me.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:50 AM

like your term "flex" instead of "cheat". don't think 1-2 times weekly will slash 5-7 years, though.

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C6e32ff9978fe287aa8c1c6be52d9524

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Make a small container at home and take it with you to dump on it. Problem solved!

Okay, so you don't want to be THAT person. I'm the most annoying individual when I go out to eat because I ask 1398583 questions about my food. I have the RIGHT to know; I'm a paying customer. Always go for the oil/vinegar combo AND order it ON THE SIDE so you can control how much you use. Sadly, 95% of the time, I don't even trust that. Unless you're eating at a VERY fine restaurant, you think they are going to have true, quality, REAL olive oil? Hmm... I almost doubt it.

Better yet, just enjoy your "flex" meal of the week when you eat out. Indulge a little bit, then move on back to your paleo template. Don't fret over it. 90/10 rule. If 1-2 weekly indulgences are going to slash 5-7 years off my life, I HAPPILY accept that. Life is too precious to nit-pick ALL the time.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:50 AM

like your term "flex" instead of "cheat". don't think 1-2 times weekly will slash 5-7 years, though.

C6e32ff9978fe287aa8c1c6be52d9524

(1548)

on July 06, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Oh, I agree. I'm just hypothetically speaking. It's all about the quality of life. Not how many years your alive, but how much life is in those years!

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Order a cobb salad and ask for extra bleu cheese crumbles and skip the dressing. Squeeze a lemon if you can't get the extra crumbles.

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

(664)

on July 06, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I totally do the lemon squeeze thing on my salads and I love it. I had a chef actually come up to me in a restaurant, after adding lemon instead of dressing, and say "that gives me an idea". It is a nice fresh thing to do to a salad...especially in 90+ heat...

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on July 06, 2012
at 12:49 AM

You can only hope that the balsamic vinaigrette is made with olive oil and not soybean oil... otherwise you're pretty much guaranteed to get a hefty dose of soybean oil. Chalk it up to the 20% and don't sweat it.

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I just throw some lemon juice on it and ask for some extra goodies like hardboiled egg, sour cream, or whatever else. All of those dressings unless you're at a really high end place are garbage. Even the "natural" restaurants usually use crap like safflower or grapeseed in leiu of pricey olive oil.

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on July 06, 2012
at 01:19 AM

Olive oil, lemon, balsamic, or some combination of...on the side. No dressing is a nice goal to reach for.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Why is no dressing a nice goal to shoot for? Olive oil + slice of lemon seems quite fine to me.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 06, 2012
at 11:27 AM

It's a nice goal to shoot for, especially when eating out, so you aren't dosed with nasty oils, preservatives, and completely unnecessary sugars.

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on July 06, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Even before going paleo I sometimes just didn't use salad dressing. If you wean yourself off of it and learn to like the taste of the vegetables themselves then you don't have to worry about it.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I am very sensitive to bad oils, and have learned that almost all dressings have them. I ask for OLIVE oil (big emphasis) and vinegar, and basically can't eat any other dressing. Places that bring the actual oil and vinegar containers are best, but I suspect that the oil is often 80% crap oil and 20% olive.

At home I use only good olive oil, but honestly don't eat a lot of salads and instead just have raw or cooked vegetables dressed with butter.

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on July 06, 2012
at 06:16 PM

This works for me.

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