What to Eat: The Best Salad Dressings You Can Buy

Remember when salad dressing meant Italian, French, Thousand Island, or something called Catalina? No longer.

These days, even balsamic vinaigrette, blue cheese, Caesar, honey mustard, and ranch are run of the mill compared to the strawberry Chardonnays and papaya poppyseeds, the coconut limes and shiitake gingers.

But other things haven’t changed. Some dressings toss far more calories and sodium into your salad than others. Here are the best in each category.


Best Bites (✔✔) have no more than 110 calories and 100 milligrams of sodium in a two-tablespoon serving. We disqualified dressings that have sugar (or any sweetener) as the first ingredient. The chart doesn’t include most varieties of smaller regional or natural food store brands or salty big brands like Wish-Bone and Kraft. Within each section, dressings are ranked from least to most sodium, then least to most calories.

Best Bites Salad Dressings Chart

Other relevant links:

• The healthiest additions to your cup of coffee. See: What to Eat: The Healthiest Coffee Creamers You Can Buy

• The healthiest breads at your grocery store. See: What to Eat: The Best Breads You Can Buy

• Our yogurt recommendations. See: What to Eat: Here are the Best Yogurts

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