By Anne Bliss
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:
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