8 of the Best Healthy Salad Dressing Brands

By Anne Bliss

How to pick a healthy salad dressing & healthy salad dressing nutrition.

"I really love to use the salad dressings from Foods Alive. They're made in small batches with artisan, cold-pressed oils (flax, chia, hemp, sesame) and simple organic ingredients. There's none of that extra garbage that's in these other...

Bottled salad dressings can be (nearly) as healthy as homemade—or they can drown your salad in added sugars, fake flavor and color enhancers. Don’t be swayed by a healthy-sounding name or pretty bottle—it doesn’t always reflect what’s inside.

We scrutinized more than 40 bottles of supermarket salad dressings to see if they met our nutrition criteria. Only these 8 made the cut; the others were eliminated for containing too much sodium, sugar and/or undesirable ingredients, such as synthetic colorings. We didn't taste these—just vetted their ingredients—so if you find that one of these dressings tastes great (or if you discover another "better choice" on the shelves), let us know in the Comments section.

Here’s how to find a healthy dressing:

Look for: extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil, short ingredient list

Watch out for:

  • Sodium. Pick one with <300 mg sodium per 2-tablespoon serving
  • Sugar (especially in fruit-flavored dressings). Choose one that has either no sugar, HFCS, REB A (stevia) in the ingredients list or a sweetener that appears near the bottom of the list. Aim to keep total sugars at <3 g per 2-tablespoon serving.
  • Synthetic food colors, such as Yellow 5 & 6, and also caramel color, in the news recently as a potential carcinogen.

8 Better Vinaigrettes to Pick:
1. Annie’s Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette
2. Kraft Zesty Italian
3. Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette
4. Lily’s Balsamic Vinaigrette
5. Drew’s Classic Italian

6. Newman’s Own Lite Italian
7. Wish-Bone Light Italian
8. Ken’s Light Options Olive Oil & Vinegar

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