It's nice to have a homemade salad dressing
on hand, but c'mon, life gets busy and the convenience of store-bought salad dressings sometimes wins. But with the right dressing, you can take a plate of greens from dull to delightful. Here's how to pick a healthy salad dressing at the grocery store that doesn't undo the work of those veggies.
Forget Fat-Free Salad Dressing
The promise that "fat-free" is better for you is really outdated science. Research shows that your body needs some fat to absorb the healthy nutrients in veggies. To make matters worse, low-fat dressings often replace the lost flavor from fat with extra sugar.
Keep an Eye on Sugar
It can be really hard to find a salad dressing without sugar. A touch of sweet is sometimes needed to balance the tang, but bottled dressings can have way too much. We found some with over 2 teaspoons (8 grams) of added sugar per 2-tablespoon serving. That's like pouring syrup on your salad. That said, you may want to pass up dressings labeled "sugar-free" if you want to skip artificial sweeteners
Additives to Avoid
Dressings can have a long list of additives, ranging from benign thickeners, like xanthan gum
, to questionable food dyes and downright unhealthy hydrogenated oils. With a little searching, you can find ones with clean ingredient lists. When in doubt, the cleanest dressings are ususally the ones with the shortest ingredient lists.
Dressings We Love
• Marie's Yogurt Ranch
• Drew's Shiitake Ginger
• Marie's Chunky Blue Cheese
• Trader Joe's Romano Caesar
• Stonewall Kitchen Olive Oil & Balsamic
• Bragg Vinaigrette
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