Hold the Mayo: Mayonnaise-Free Potato and Pasta Salad Dressings

Cut back on extra fat by dressing potato and pasta salads with these mayo-free alternatives.


Who doesn't love a scoop of hummus with chips or pitas? Why not take this versatile creamy dip and add it into your potato or pasta salad for a creamy, low-fat variation. You can choose plain hummus or go wild and try a flavored hummus such as sun-dried tomato, roasted garlic or five-spice.

Plain Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt adds a creamy and tangy kick to salads when combined with fresh herbs, lemon juice and crushed garlic. Greek yogurt is low in fat, high in protein, filled with probiotics and soaring with bone-building calcium — all things mayo doesn't deliver.

Sherry Vinegar and Dijon Mustard

There's something about sweet sherry vinegar that adds the perfect tang to salads. Try a combination of Dijon mustard and sherry vinegar to create a velvety mayo alternative for your potato or pasta salad.

Grain Mustard and Apple Cider Vinegar

Whether you use spicy brown mustard or grain mustard, this trick works every time. Whisk mustard with apple cider vinegar for a sweet and tart alternative to your traditional salad dressing. This dressing pairs beautifully when dried or fresh fruits are tossed into the mix.

Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

Balsamic vinegar has such a sweet taste that just a tiny teaspoon will excite your taste buds and have you yearning for more. Combine balsamic with olive oil for a simple recipe. Even better: These two staple condiments are probably waiting for you in your pantry.

Salsa and Olive Oil

You probably never thought of combining salsa and olive oil, but this combo will keep you satisfied with the dose of healthy fat from the olive oil. Mix fresh or jarred salsa with olive oil for a savory mix-in to your favorite salad recipe.

Canned Pumpkin and Plain Yogurt

Thought pumpkin was only for Thanksgiving recipes? Think again. Combine canned pumpkin with plain yogurt and add it to potato salad and you've got yourself a fun, colorful dish that can be enjoyed by kids and adults year-round. Just think — you're getting in a little bit of an extra veggie with the pumpkin in each bite.

Low-Fat Cottage Cheese, Capers and Black Pepper

When you think of cottage cheese you probably think about diet foods. You can easily make it tasty, though, by combining low-fat cottage cheese with a few capers and a dash of freshly ground black pepper for a savory and creamy mix-in.


Get experimental with your avocados! Prepare your favorite guacamole recipe, then toss it into a summer salad for a flavorful dose of heart-healthy fat.

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