The “get slim by eating this” advice is common nowadays—here is always an ingredient or dish that enjoys celebrity status from time to time. Deeming a food as either healthy or unhealthy, though, does very little to give us the full scope of nutrition or what it means to eat healthily. Also Read - Father's Day 2021: Pamper Your Dad With These Delectable Almond Based Recipes

A food or dish being healthy is a combination of things. It is also about what the said item is eaten with, how it is prepared, and how much of it is consumed. Salads are an excellent example of this. Popular wisdom tells us that including more salads in our diet will likely result in weight loss. However, whether you are making a salad at home or dining out, a bed of greens and crudités drowned in cups of predominantly oil-based dressings can be more detrimental than helpful in your journey to better health. Also Read - Viral Video: Man & Bird Eat Food From The Same Plate, Heartwarming Video Goes Viral | Watch

Always check the labels of commercial brand salad dressings as sodium and sugar can sneakily creep in. As with most food items, you are better off making your own dressings at home and eating them in moderation with cut vegetables and greens and not fritters and croquet. Also Read - Weight Loss Tips For Chaat Lovers: Kinds of Chaats You Can Eat While Trying to Shed Kilos

Indian flavor profiles of masalas teamed with yogurt make for wonderful and easy options for salad dressings. What we have come to know as chutneys and raitas would punctuate any salad with flavor without the fat.

Looking for ideas of what ingredients to blend to make your own? India.com has some delicious and fast DIY salad dressing recipes to get you started!

1. Yogurt-Tamarind Dressing

(makes about 2 ½ cups dressing)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tamarind concentrate
  • juice of 3 large lemons
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 3 tablespoons roasted cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Pulse ingredients in a blender or bullet until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

2. Ranch-Raita Dressing

(makes about 2 cups dressing)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fat-free sour cream
  • ½ cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; whisk to combine. Chill in refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving, thinning with more buttermilk if needed.

3. Yogurt-Mint Salad Dressing

(makes about 3/4 cups salad dressing)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns

Directions

Pulse ingredients in a blender or bullet until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

4. Cilantro-Tamarind Salad Dressing

(makes about 1 ½ cup salad dressing)

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro (leaves only)
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
  • 4 green chilies
  • 3 teaspoons salt

Directions

Pulse ingredients in a blender or bullet until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.