When you're looking for a delicious dressing or simple spread to accompany your favorite meal, it’s common to resort to a high-fat, calorie-loaded condiment. Is choosing a fatty favorite as your proverbial icing on the cake a healthy decision? It's highly dependent on the type of fat you choose.

Some options are loaded in saturated and trans fats, while others are bursting with unsaturated, "healthy" fats. Fortunately, these three toppings are made with good-for-you fats from some of your favorite nut and seed butters. So, grab a jar of your favorite, and start enjoying it in more ways than with jelly or a spoon!

1. Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Cashew Sauce

Adorned with a curry-infused creamy sauce, this recipe will help you actually crave vegetables. The same sauce can also work on chicken or fish.

3 Fatty In A Good Way Salad and Sandwich Toppings: Roasted Cauliflower with Curry Cashew Sauce

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower, cut into florets: 1 large head
  • Canola oil: 1 tbsp
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew butter: 2 tbsp
  • Canned evaporated milk: 2 tbsp
  • Lime juice: 1 tbsp
  • Curry powder: 1 tsp
  • Cayenne powder: 1/8 tsp

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets with oil and salt, and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring once or twice, or until florets are tender and darkened.
  4. Whisk together cashew butter, evaporated milk, lime juice, curry powder, and cayenne powder. Stir in additional evaporated milk if needed to reach a pourable creamy consistency.
  5. Place roasted cauliflower in a serving bowl and top with curry cashew sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Recipe Yields: 4 Servings
  • Calories: 156
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g (5 g fiber)
  • Protein: 6 g

2. Sunflower Vinaigrette

This fanciful dressing is sure to breathe new life into your salads. It can be kept chilled for up to 10 days and should be enough dressing for four salads.

The same recipe also works well with other nut butters like cashew, walnut, or almond, and serves as a nice pairing with steamed veggies.

3 Fatty In A Good Way Salad and Sandwich Toppings: Sunflower Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • Unsalted sunflower-seed butter: 2 tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar: 2 tbsp
  • Garlic, grated or finely minced: 1 clove
  • Dijon mustard: 2 tsp
  • Lemon zest: 2 tsp
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper: 1/4 tsp
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: 1/4 cup

Directions

  1. In a bowl or glass jar, stir together sunflower-seed butter, apple cider vinegar, garlic, mustard, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Whisk in olive oil until smooth.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Recipe Yields: 4 Servings
  • Calories: 173
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g (0 g fiber)
  • Protein: 2 g

3. Mediterranean Walnut-Lentil Spread

If you’re bored with your normal turkey and cheese sandwich as a midday meal, try slathering this flavorful, fiber-packed spread between a couple slices of whole-grain bread. Finish the sandwich by topping with roasted red pepper and a handful of arugula. You can also use it as a cracker spread or a dip.

3 Fatty In A Good Way Salad and Sandwich Toppings: Mediterranean Walnut-Lentil Spread

Ingredients

  • Dried brown or green lentils: 2/3 cup
  • Oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes: 3/4 cup
  • Pitted Kalamata olives: 1/3 cup
  • Walnut butter: 1/4 cup
  • Shallot, chopped: 1
  • Garlic, minced: 2 cloves
  • Lemon juice: 1/2 lemon 
  • Fresh thyme: 2 tsp
  • Smoked paprika: 1 tsp

Directions

  1. Place lentils in a medium-sized saucepan along with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until very tender. Drain and let cool.
  2. Place lentils and remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until a slightly chunky texture forms.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Recipe Yields: 6 Servings
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g (9 g fiber)
  • Protein: 8 g
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