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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.
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    Your Healthiest Option: Low-Fat Italian

    This zesty dressing packs a lot of punch in just 22 calories and 2 grams of fat.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    Thousand Island

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

     

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    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!

     

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    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.

     

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    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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