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The Best Light Salad Dressings

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Our picks for the top 10 great-tasting, low-calorie salad dressings.

Your choice of salad dressing can determine whether your salad is delicious or a dud. And pouring on the high-fat dressing can quickly transform your healthy salad into a calorie bomb. So it's a good thing there are plenty of great-tasting choices in the light salad dressing category.

After all, salad dressing is one of the more versatile items in your refrigerator. Not only is it a crucial finishing touch for your greens, a bottle of salad dressing can quickly transform into a marinade, dip, sandwich spread, or dressing for pasta salad.

To help you make the best choice, WebMD went to the grocery store to find the 10 most satisfying salad dressings that won’t blow your calorie budget -- whether you prefer creamy and vinaigrette. Here are the results of our taste test. 

Best Vinaigrette-Style Salad Dressings 

  1. Newman’s Own Light Honey Mustard

This dressing has a wonderfully balanced flavor, with the honey and mustard flavors both coming through nicely. I found myself going back for more of this dressing during the taste test. It would also work well as a dip, spread, or marinade.

First 5 ingredients listed on the label: Water, Creole mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, soybean and/or canola oil.

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 70 calories, 4 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 290 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate.

  1. (tie) Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

Wish-Bone Light Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette

One of my all-time favorite salads is spinach with berries or apple chunks, sprinkled with walnuts or pecans and crumbled blue cheese and drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. And one of my favorite dressings is Ken’s Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. For comparison's sake, I tested Wish-Bone’s version of this dressing.

While I still like Ken’s a tad better, the Wish-Bone option is a good one, particularly if that's the brand on sale. Both have a pleasant raspberry and vinegar flavor and just enough oil and sugar to balance all the different flavors.

First 5 ingredients (Ken’s): Distilled vinegar, water, soybean and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, and sugar.

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 80 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 125 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate.

First 5 ingredients (Wish Bone): Water, soybean oil and extra virgin olive oil, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 80 calories, 5 g fat, .5 g saturated fats, 260 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate

3. Newman’s Own Lighten Up Low Fat Sesame Ginger

This delightful dressing features two of my favorite flavors from Asian cuisine, sesame and ginger. It has just the right boldness, with a slight bite of spice at the end of every taste. I would use this dressing on an Asian-style salad or as a marinade or sauce for any Asian-style entrée or appetizer.

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