We know that a hefty dose of creamy salad dressing is the quickest way to sabotage a healthy salad, but more and more options are making it easier than ever to keep a salad nutritious, in spite of creamy dressings – and on the flip side, many seemingly low-cal vinaigrettes and “light” dressings can be loaded with sodium and more than a day’s worth of added sugar! In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best & worst dressings and vinaigrettes in stores.
All of the “Love It” salad dressings are low in calories and sugar, with less than 200 mg sodium per ounce
Hanley’s Dressings & Vinaigrette (e.g. Strawberry Vinaigrette)
- Per 2 tbsp: 30 calories, 100 mg sodium, 5 grams carbs, 1 gram sugar, 0 protein
- Ingredients include: strawberries, cane syrup, red wine vinegar, olive oil…
Trader Joe’s Almond Butter Turmeric Salad Dressing
- Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 90 mg sodium, 4 grams carb, 2 grams sugar (1 gram added sugar), 2 grams protein
- Ingredients include almond butter, ginger puree, cane sugar, garlic, sea salt…
Whole Foods Brand Vegan Caesar Dressing (in produce section)
- Per 2 tbsp: 15 calories, 20 mg sodium, 2 grams carbs, 0 sugar, 1 protein
- Ingredients include: non-GMO silken soy pure, white wine vinegar, garlic, lemon juice concentrate…
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- Per 2 tbsp: 15 calories, 0 sodium, 4 grams carbs, 3 grams sugar, 0 protein
- Ingredients include: water, apple cider vinegar, apple juice concentrate, onions, black pepper
Marzetti’s Simply 60 (e.g. Creamy Caesar)
- Per 2 tbsp: 60 calories, 250 mg sodium, 2 grams carbs, 1 gram sugar, 1 gram protein
- Ingredients include: buttermilk, canola oil, red wine vinegar, parmesan and romano cheeeses…
Newman’s Own Family Recipe Italian
- Per 2 tbsp: 130 calories, 320 mg sodium, 1 gram carbs, 0 sugar, 1 gram protein
- Ingredients include: soybean oil, water, vinegar…
Brianna’s Home Style Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
- Per 2 tbsp: 120 calories, 420 mg sodium, 14 grams carbs, 14 grams sugar, 0 protein
- Ingredients include: sugar, water, red wine vinegar, canola oil, salt, spices...
- 25% day’s worth of sodium and more than half the recommended upper limit of sugar in a single ounce – and most people can easily use at least 2-3 ounces of dressing on a salad.
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