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The Best of the Light Salad Dressings

Keep your salad luscious and low-fat

Keep your salad luscious and low-fat continued...

But the list certainly doesn't end there. In the table below, you'll find dozens more bottled dressings that meet our "light" criteria of 8 grams or less of fat per serving, along with calorie counts (dressings with more sweeteners are higher in calories) and sodium tally (look for those with 300 mg or less). We've also listed the type of oil used to make the dressing. If you choose types with canola or olive oil, you'll be getting the healthier monounsaturated fat, and, in the case of canola oil, good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids as well.

Of course, choosing the right salad dressing is only half of the battle. It's just as important to pay attention to the amount of dressing you add. The serving size on the label of your salad dressing may say 2 tablespoons, but lots of people use twice that amount. (If you're eating out and order your dressing on the side, use the small spoon and measure about three spoonfuls over your salad. This will get you about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing.)

Salad Dressing
Calories
Fat (g)
Saturated Fat (g)
Sodium
Type of oil
Light Creamy Dressings
Hidden Valley Ranch
*Ranch Light
80
7
1
280
canola and/or soybean
Wishbone
Ranch Up! Light
90
7
1
300
soybean
Just 2 Good Ranch
40
2
0
290
soybean
Just 2 Good Blue cheese
45
2
0.5
310
soybean
Just 2 Good Thousand Island
50
2
0
290
soybean
Kraft
Thousand Island
80
6
1
330
soybean
Light Done Right Golden Caesar
70
6
1
350
soy and/or canola
Light Done Right Ranch
70
4.5
0.5
370
soybean
Light Done Right Thousand Island
60
2
0
340
soybean
Girard's
Light Champagne
60
5
0.5
500
soybean
Caesar Light
90
8
1.5
360
soybean
Newman's Own Lighten Up!
*Lowfat Sesame Ginger
35
1.5
0
390
sesame, canola
Light Honey Mustard
70
4
0.5
290
soybean and/or canola
Light Caesar
70
6
1
520
soy and/or canola
Tresso
Sesame Miso (.67 oz)
35
2
0
130
sesame and canola
Light Vinaigrette Dressings
Bernstein's Light Fantastic
Restaurant Ranch
45
2
0
240
canola
Roasted Garlic Balsamic
45
3.5
0
320
canola
Oriental
60
1.5
0
310
sesame, canola
Briannas
Blush Wine Vinaigrette
100
6
0
370
canola
Ken's Steakhouse
*Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
80
6
0
120
canola
Lite Olive Oil Vinaigrette
60
6
1
240
olive oil, soy and/or canola
Kraft
Special Collections Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan
35
2
0
340
soybean
Special Collections Classic Italian
50
4
0
420
soybean and/or canola
House Italian
70
6
1
310
soy and/or canola
Zesty Italian
80
8
1
310
soy and/or canola
Light Done Right House Italian
40
3
0.5
270
soy & olive
Light Done Right Zesty Italian
25
1.5
0
470
soy & olive
Newman's Own Lighten Up!
*Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
45
4
0.5
470
canola and/or soybean
Light Raspberry & Walnut
70
5
0.5
120
soybean and/or canola
Wishbone
* Red Wine Vinaigrette Light
80
5
1
240
soybean
Balsamic Vinaigrette
60
5
0.5
280
soybean
Russian
110
6
1
360
soybean (corn syrup is the first ingredient)
Caesar with Aged Romano
60
5
1
560
soybean
*Raspberry Hazelnut Vinaigrette
80
5
0.5
260
soy and olive
Just 2 Good
Sweet 'n Spicy French
50
2
0
250
soybean
Italian
35
2
0
490
soybean
Safeway Select
Tuscan Style Basil & Herb
80
7
1
430
soybean
Fat Free Dressings
Ken's Steakhouse
Raspberry Pecan
50
0
0
280
(high-fructose corn syrup is a main ingredient)
Safeway Select Enlighten
Honey Mustard
40
0
0
65
Herb & Balsamic Vinaigrette
35
0
0
270

*Tested and recommended.

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