Round 1: Light Ranch Dressing from Healthiest Store-Bought Salad Dressings Slideshow

Healthiest Store-Bought Salad Dressings Slideshow

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Round 1: Light Ranch Dressing

Low-fat versions of this popular dressing often subsitiute yogurt for the sour cream to save on calories without compromising flavor. 

#4 Ken's Steakhouse Lite Ranch

The title may boast "lite," but there isn’t much about this dressing that’s healthy. Though it may taste good, the 80 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 310 milligrams of sodium per 2-tablespoon serving in this dressing will mask the health benefits of your tasty salad.

Nutrition Information for 1 tablespoon: 

Calories: 80

Fat: 7 g

Sodium: 310 mg

Average Price: $5.40

#3 Wish-Bone Light Ranch

Healthwise, you could find a better way to satisfy your appetite for ranch than through this Wish-Bone dressing.The 70 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 280 milligrams of sodium in this dressing will weigh on the lettuce leaves and linger on your waistline.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 70

Fat: 5 g

Sodium: 280 mg

Average Price: $4.99

#2 Kraft Ranch Lite

With just 70 calories and 4.5 grams of total fat, this pick may look low-cal, but at a sodium count of 300 milligrams per tablespoon, Kraft’s "lite" version of classic ranch doesn’t quite sell us on its "lite" image.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 70

Fat: 4.5 g

Sodium: 300 mg

Average Price: $4.00

#1 Hidden Valley Fat-Free Ranch

If you’re craving ranch dressing, there’s reason to celebrate. This light Hidden Valley version is your best bet. Ranch takes on a newer, healthier form at 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 310 milligrams of sodium per 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 25

Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 310 mg

Average Price: $3.75

Round 2: Light Italian Dressing

One way that companies have been producing "lighter" Italian dressings is to cut back on the added sugar and packing more herbs and spices into their dressing mix. This helps save calories while preserving the classic Italian dressing flavor. 

#4 Newman's Own Lite Italian

Though a 60-calorie salad dressing may seem like a healthy choice, the 6 grams of fat and 260 milligrams of sodium keep Newman’s Own at the bottom of the healthy Italian dresings list.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 60

Fat: 6 g

Sodium: 260 mg

Average Price: $5.40

#3 Ken's Steakhouse Lite Italian

Ken’s Steakhouse does a little better than Newman’s Own, boasting only 50 calories and 5 grams of fat. What it saves in calories and fat, however, it more than makes up for in sodium: its 440 milligrams of sodium prevents this dressing from being the healthiest choice.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 50 

Fat: 5 g

Sodium: 440 mg

Average Price: $3.99

#2 Wish-Bone Light Italian

Wish-Bone manages to squeeze a lot of flavor into only 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, but like Hidden Valley, this salad dressing has a high sodium content: 240 milligrams.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 35

Fat: 2.5 g

Sodium: 240 mg

Average Price: $5.69

#1 Kraft Fat Free Italian

Despite having a higher sodium content than its Wish-Bone and Newman’s Own counterparts, Kraft takes the lead as providing the healthiest of the low-calorie Italian dressings with only 20 calories and 0.3 grams of fat. If you stick to the serving size of 2 tablespoons, this can be a healthy topping to your favorite salad.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 20

Fat: 0.3 g

Sodium: 430 mg

Average Price: $4.50

Round 3: Light Thousand Island Dressing

Companies have tried to make Thousand Island dressing healthier by using lower fat yogurts, milk products, and mustards in place of creamy, fat-laden mayonnaise. The ketchip, Worcestershire sauce, and assorted spices help maintain the Thousand Island traditional flavor despite the calorie and fat cuts. 

#4 Annie's Organic Thousand Island

It may be organic, but this salad dressing is not the healthiest choice for the calorie conscious. At 90 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 360 milligrams of sodium, this dressing shows that organic products are not always necessarily the healthiest.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 90

Fat: 8 g

Sodium: 360 mg

Average Price: $4.00

#3 Wish-Bone Light Thousand Island

Wish-Bone’s dressing has the same amount of sodium as Annie’s, but boasts a lower calorie and fat content. Its 60 calories and 5 grams of fat, however, keep it at the bottoms of the list in spot number three.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 60 

Fat: 5 g

Sodium: 360 mg

Average Price: $1.98

#2 Ken's Steakhouse Lite Thousand Island

This dressing has only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat, as the name boasts. Its 270 milligrams of sodium however, keep it from the number one spot.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 70

Fat: 5 g

Sodium: 270 mg

Average Price: $4.50

#1 Kraft Fat-Free Thousand Island

Once again, Kraft has produced the healthiest of all the low-calorie salad dressings. This dressing has 0 grams of fat, 45 calories, and only 260 milligrams of sodium. This is great news for Thousand Island lovers everywhere.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 45

Fat: 0 g

Sodium: 260 mg

Average Price: $4.00

Round 4: Light Blue Cheese Dressing

It can be hard to make healthier versions of creamy dressings because their texture relies heavily on full-fat dairy products. Some producers of blue cheese dressing subsitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream or buttermilk that can load this popular dressing down with calories and fat.

#4 Marie's Lite Chunky Blue Cheese

The title may say "light" but the 310 milligrams of sodium, 80 calories, and 7 grams of fat leave this salad dressing teetering on the thin line between healthy and unhealthy.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 80

Fat: 7 g

Sodium: 310 mg

Average Price: $4.99

#3 Ken's Steakhouse Lite Chunky Blue Cheese

If you’re looking to give your salad a blue cheese flavor without diminishing its health benefits, this may not be the dressing for you. With 77 calories, 6.8 grams of fat, and 368 milligrams of sodium, Ken’s Steakhouse provides a dressing that is too heavy to deserve its "light" title.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 77

Fat: 6.8 g

Sodium: 368 mg

Average Price: $5.50

#2 Kraft Fat-Free Roka Blue Cheese

For once, Kraft manages to only make it to second place in the contest for best light blue cheese dressings. Despite having 0 grams of fat, this dressing has 50 calories and 350 milligrams of sodium to bring down its health ratings.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 50

Fat: 0 g

Sodium 350 mg

Average Price: $3.99

#1 Wish-Bone Light Blue Cheese

If you’re looking to get your fix of blue cheese dressing, going with Wish-Bone’s 70-calorie dressing would be your best bet. With only 6 grams of fat and 280 milligrams of sodium, Wish-Bone manages to make an inherently unhealthy salad topper into a more health-conscious choice.

Nutrition Information for 2 tablespoons: 

Calories: 70

Fat: 6 g

Sodium: 280 mg

Average Price: $1.98

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