Makeover Spinach Salad Dressing Recipe
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Makeover Spinach Salad Dressing Recipe

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This makeover recipe is ideal for spinach. It's also a great way to dress up chicken salad or coleslaw. Yet it has less than half the calories and fat of the original dressing and about 40% less carbohydrates.—Cindy Harnish, Wexford, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Fresh spinach leaves

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 56 calories, 3g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0.550g fiber), 0.550g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. Combine the first nine ingredients in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. Serve over fresh spinach. Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/3 cups.
Originally published as Makeover Spinach Salad Dressing in Light & Tasty June/July 2004, p22

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"So good!"

Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"This dressing is pretty good! Sometimes I'm a bit skeptical in regards to low fat salad dressings, but this was very good and smelled delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Very good. I served this over spinach wiht mushrooms, turkey bacon, and a sliced hard boiled egg. Yummy! I used half the salt and it was still excellent. Might try less sugar or Splenda next time ... and there will be a next time."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"I love this recipe. Sometimes I switch up the oils; instead of using canola I'll use sunflower or grapeseed, just as yummy!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2012

"This was fantastic! I substituted the sugar for honey and it takes a lot like honey mustard dressing! YUM!"

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