Healthiest Store-Bought Salad Dressings Gallery
March 9, 2018
Know before you pour
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Healthiest Store-Bought Salad Dressings
Photos Modified: Itemmaster
There are so many salad dressings to choose from. Sure, you know what kind you want on your salad. Some days you’re in the mood for a creamy Caesar. Other days you want herbed vinaigrette. But even once you’ve narrowed it down to the type of dressing you’re craving, there are so many brands and types that it can get tough to choose.
Not all brands make their dressings the same — some brands’ products are healthier than others. And when you’re cooking yourself up a nutritious and crisp salad, you don’t want to pour something without any nutritional value over the top. Not when you have an equally delicious option that could be better for you!
It takes some serious poring over numbers and labels to get to the bottom of which ones are really the healthiest. We did all that label-roving for you and narrowed it down for each of the 11 most popular types of salad dressing. On one list, you’ll find which options are the healthiest.
On the other, you’ll find the unhealthiest options.
Since there are so many brands out there, ranging from generic to specialty, we selected the most popularly sold store-bought salad dressing brands. These included Annie’s, Ken’s, Kraft, Newman’s Own, Wish-Bone, Hidden Valley, Bolthouse Farms, and Marie’s. From there, we checked the nutrition labels for each type of dressing to find the healthiest and unhealthiest version of each.
To judge the healthfulness of each dressing, we checked the calorie count, fat content, sodium content, and added sugar. Find out which brands sell the healthiest salad dressings and which sell the unhealthiest salad dressings for all your favorite flavors.
Balsamic: Marie’s Balsamic Vinaigrette
Blue Cheese: Bolthouse Farms Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing
Caesar: Annie’s Organic Caesar Dressing
Caesar dressing was meant to be decadent — but that doesn’t mean it has to be overly processed or complicated. Annie’s crafted a full-fat dressing that gets its healthy fats from olive oil, not milk fat — and doesn’t skimp on flavor. While there were some Greek yogurt-based versions of Caesar dressing in the running, Annie’s won out because it’s only 110 calories per serving, and sometimes, full-fat dressing is just healthier.
French: Annie’s Organic French Dressing
Perhaps one of the most underrated dressings out there, French dressing can be dreamy and creamy. Annie’s is great at keeping creamy dressings simple and nutritious. Every 2 tablespoons of this French dressing has 110 calories, 11 grams of fat, and just nine ingredients.
Greek: Kraft Greek Vinaigrette Dressing
Kraft’s Greek Vinaigrette Dressing isn’t even a light dressing—those are often filled with sugars and other additives to replace the fats that are removed. This dressing, though, is still just 50 calories and 5 grams of fat, with just 1 gram of sugar per serving.
Green Goddess: Bolthouse Farms Avocado Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing
Honey Mustard: Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Annie’s uses less oil and minimal ingredients in their lighter take on honey mustard. With just 40 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, you’ll want to pour this all over your salad.
Italian: Bolthouse Farms Italian Vinaigrette
This smooth, olive oil-based vinaigrette is just 35 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving. While other Italian dressings can come loaded with sugars and sodium, this one is relatively low in both!
Ranch: Bolthouse Farms Organic Avocado Ranch
Everyone loves avocados. And if you don’t want to go through all the work of picking a perfectly ripe fruit and using it exactly when it’s ready, you can keep this bottled dressing in your fridge for whenever a craving strikes. The tang of ranch goes with almost any vegetable, and this creamy condiment is way more nutritious than your usual dressing!
Thousand Island: Annie’s Organic Thousand Island Dressing
Thousand Island doesn’t have to mean thousand-ingredient. Annie’s keeps it simple with this sweet yet tangy dressing, somehow staying below 100 calories per serving with just 8 grams of fat.
Raspberry Vinaigrette: Bolthouse Farms Organic Raspberry Balsamic
Many people choose raspberry vinaigrette because it sounds like a lighter, fruity option. However, what people don’t realize is that these fruity vinaigrettes often come loaded with added sugars and oil. The Bolthouse Farms version, however, is just 35 calories per serving and keeps the sugars at an impressive 3 grams. While sugar is good for you in many cases, there are some things you need to know about when to check for sugars on the label.