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Autumn chopped salad - pears, cranberries, feta, bacon and chicken.

This salad dressing tastes exactly like the dressing used at Olive Garden. Now you can have your own Olive Garden salad at home.

Balsamic Green Bean Salad ❀ 2 lb fresh green beans, trimmed & cut into 1½” pieces; ¼c olive oil; 3 TBsp lemon juice; 3 TBsp balsamic vinegar; ¼ tsp salt; ¼ tsp garlic powder; ¼ tsp ground mustard; ⅛ tsp pepper; 1 large red onion, chopped; 4c cherry tomatoes, halved; 1c (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese

I'M IN HEAVEN!! I might survive my diet. This whole jar of ranch is only 1.75 grams of fat and 255 calories! 1 cup dannon oikos plain greek yogurt, 1 packet hidden valley ranch mix, 1/2 cup 1% milk. Whisk together, chill 1 hour before use. Perfect consistency and tastes better than bottled!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix ~ Says: The great thing too about homemade ranch seasoning is that it won’t be full of un-pronounceable mystery ingredients. Just your simple herbs and spices, and some optional powdered buttermilk if you’d like. I love using mine to make skinny Greek yogurt ranch dip, ranch dressing, or I’ll even just use the mix to season some chicken or fries. Delish!!!

So yum. Will make again! Avocado Chicken Salad: 2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,1 avocado,1/4 chopped onion, juice of 1/2 a lime, 2 Tbsp cilantro,salt and pepper, to taste. Cook chicken breast until done, let cool, and then shred. Mix with all other ingredients.

Fresh Cucumber Salad [stores in fridge up to 2 months]. I crave this all the time!

Creamy Avocado Dressing (aka Guacamole Buttermilk Dressing) - A cool and creamy avocado dressing with tangy buttermilk, fresh cilantro and lime juice along with some spicy jalapeno pepper.

Smoky Southwestern Red Quinoa and Rice Salad with Grilled Chicken, Black Beans, Corn, Tomatoes, and Cilantro with a Tangy Honey BBQ Vinaigrette

These recipes are, or can be adapted to, low carb. Once you start making your own salad dressing, the store-bought stuff won't taste very good. Here are 20 homemade dressing recipes.

Strawberry Salad with Homemade Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Avocado Chicken Salad: 2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,1 avocado,1/4 chopped onion, juice of 1/2 a lime, 2 Tbsp cilantro,salt and pepper, to taste. Cook chicken breast until done, let cool, and then shred. Mix with all other ingredients.

Secret Fruit Salad: The secret is dry vanilla pudding mix. It combines with all the juices from the fruit & makes a scrumptious dressing that coats every bite. People will ask you for the recipe it's so good!

Another pinner: We are Ranch snobs at our house....no bottled Ranch-yuck here! This is the BEST HOMEMADE RANCH!! This tastes exactly like the Hidden Valley Ranch Packets that you add mayo and milk to....but WITHOUT the MSG and at A FRACTION OF THE PRICE! Delish!

Warm White Bean and Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Cashews

One pinner wrote: I've actually tried this...and this is the best fruit salad I've ever had!!! The person that came up with this recipe is a genius when she thought of the honey-lime dressing!!!!!!!!!!!! yum!!!

Greek Dressing So Good You Could Drink It Straight -- 1 cup olive oil, 1 cup red wine vinegar, 2 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 2 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, 2 1/2 tsp. dried basil, 2 tsp. pepper, 2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. onion powder, 2 tsp. Dijon-style mustard, Mix together and shake well. Store at room temperature tightly covered.