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8 Healthy Salad Dressing Options

Drowning a salad in a high-calorie, high-fat dressing can easily turn a healthy dish into a diet disaster. Avoid overdoing it by using no more than 2 tablespoons per serving and stick to the healthier options at the beginning of this list.
Your Healthiest Option: Low-Fat Italian
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Low-Fat Ranch
Italian
Thousand Island
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
French
Ranch

BRYAN MCCAY

Italian

This dressing is a favorite for most people, but be careful — it's not necessarily the healthiest. Choose low-fat before the regular but this dressing is still only 86 calories and has 8 grams of fat. Nothing to feel guilty about.

 

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Give your salads a summery feel with a hint of fruit in this healthy dressing. With just 49 calories and 3 grams of fat, it's a great warm-weather option.

 

Low-Fat Ranch

Many Americans love the taste of ranch and dip anything and everything in it! The low-fat option of this staple dressing packs a lot of taste in 59 calories and 4 grams of fat.

 

Italian

This dressing is a favorite for most people, but be careful — it's not necessarily the healthiest. Choose low-fat before the regular but this dressing is still only 86 calories and has 8 grams of fat. Nothing to feel guilty about.

 

Thousand Island

This creamy, red salad dressing has 111 calories and 11 grams of fat.

 

Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

This dressing has 133 calories and 14 grams of fat, but no worries — there are dressings with much higher calorie counts!

 

French

This deep red dressing crams a lot of taste with the herb combination. With a hefty 146 calories and 14 grams of fat, use it sparingly.

 

Ranch

Many of us have a soft spot for ranch dressing. However, use only a tiny bit to top your salad as it's definitely not the healthiest choice — and with 145 calories and 15 grams of fat, overdoing it will sabotage the healthy contents of your salad.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, July 2009.

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