Fruit salad is even better when topped with a rich, creamy dressing, but where can you find a good fruit salad dressing that's high in nutrients and low in calories? It's easy - make your own from blended tofu.

Fresh fruit makes a natural and delicious addition to most any healthy eating plan, and fruit salad is one of the best ways to incorporate a wide variety of fruit into your diet. One of the best ways to keep fruit salad interesting is to add a creamy, flavorful dressing. But how to make a dressing that isn't high in fat and calories? Just use tofu!

When blended thoroughly, tofu takes on a creamy consistency which makes an ideal base for dressings and sauces. Use the soft or silken variety of tofu, and process it until completely smooth in a blender or food processor. Here are a few tofu-based fruit salad dressings which are sure to tempt your palate and liven up your fruit salads.

Sweet and Sour Fruit Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 cup soft or silken tofu

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup honey, sugar, or artificial sweetener

1/4 cup oil

2 Tbsp. minced onion, fresh or dried

2 Tbsp. poppy seed

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. paprika

Combine all in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Makes about 2 cups, at about 32 calories per tablespoon serving, or less if artificial sweetener is used.

Sweet Delight Fruit Salad Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. soft or silken tofu, mashed to loosen

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup honey, sugar, or artificial sweetener

2 Tbsp. oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. salt

Combine all in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Makes about 1 3/4 cups, at about 24 calories per tablespoon serving, or less if artificial sweetener is used.

Mock Sour Cream Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. soft or silken tofu

2 Tbsp. oil

1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp. artificial sweetener

1/2 tsp. salt

Combine all in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Makes about 1 cup, at about 25 calories per tablespoon serving.

Versatile Tofu Dressing

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. soft or silken tofu

2 Tbsp. oil

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. artificial sweetener

1/4 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Makes about 1 1/2 cups at about 20 calories per tablespoon serving.