The Best Light Salad Dressings
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
Best Vinaigrette-Style Salad Dressings
- 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
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.
- (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
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
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.