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BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (74,780)
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3/25/13 11:01 A

Straight vinegar. You can get nice flavored ones (white balsamic tarragon is great).

Also, I agree with making your own. Just oil and vinegar in a jar with some mustard and herbs. Bottled stuff is a waste of money.

3/21/13 11:31 A

Make your own. Much cheaper and tastier. I make my own blue cheese and Italian.

KRICKET231 Posts: 50
3/21/13 7:57 A

Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings.

STEPH057 Posts: 252
3/5/13 12:06 P

I have a bottle of Kraft Olive Oil Greek Vinaigrette dressing that's really good. It's only 60 calories and 5g fat for 2T.

APDANIEL SparkPoints: (0)
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2/26/13 7:04 P

hi everyone!

I recently started a blog where I've been posting recipes that I make for my boyfriend and I. He's a picky eater but so far all the recipes I've posted have been major hits with him! They are all very healthy recipes that don't contain processed foods and on top of it all, they're delicious!

Honestly, I would never recommend any store-bought salad dressings. For one, they never taste as good as when you make it yourself, and secondly they always have weird additives and preservatives in them which we really shouldn't be eating. As the person before me said, salad dressings are extremely easy to make so I would urge everyone to make their own! Trust me, they taste 1 million times better than any store bought ones! I have a great salad recipe on my blog and I'll be posting more soon!


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SUMTHINGSPECIAL SparkPoints: (11,608)
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2/23/13 4:52 P

You won't believe how easy it is to make your own. I mix in a small bowl a bit of olive oil - a bit of balsamic vinegar (I use either the regular one or the one with pomegranate juice) - a 1/2 tsp or less of honey-mustard, and a sprinkle (just a sprinkle) of sugar. Mix it together and toss with the salad. It is not necessary to drown the salad with a lot of dressing - but just to add flavor. You can also sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on the lettuce before adding the dressing.

My kids love salad this way.

Thanks, Sumay

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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2/19/13 3:33 P

I can't recommend Annie's Naturals Goddess dressing enough. It's not low cal, but at 12 grams of fat you can mix it with greek yogurt if you want to reduce the calories. Their brand also makes some good dressings at 3 grams of fat per serving.

The reason why it's a really good brand is that it contains very few preservatives. If you look at the ingredients compared to ingredients in many commercial salad dressings, you'll see why it's called "naturals".

MAXIET Posts: 329
2/14/13 11:30 A

I love their dressings too & buy multiple when I find it. But check out your stores dressings, now there are a lot of low calorie ones & I just buy the lowest. To make a creamy dressing, add greek yogurt.

SUSAN_COTTON SparkPoints: (2,620)
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2/14/13 11:02 A

I love all of the comments. I am burned out on balsalmic vinegar dressing!!!!

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
2/12/13 9:37 A

I must agree with all the Ken`s answers....I used to use the lite Bleu Cheese, but I can`t find it anymore...But Ken`s is definately the best in the lite salad dressing line!
To the poster below me... This is the message boards, not a team. Go to the teams page and look through the different teams, there will be at least one that is what you are looking for! Best of luck!

Edited by: 1GROVES2 at: 2/12/2013 (09:39)
DELTAGIRL43 Posts: 87
2/11/13 3:42 P

HI. I would like to join your team. I am trying to lose weight myself, and my 13 year old son needs to lose as well. I am not an experienced user of sparkpeople, but I am trying to get on here daily and at least read something encouraging.

SHAKESALOT Posts: 1,334
2/1/13 1:23 P

Hi. I haven't glanced through all the answers; but I don't like fat free ranch type dressing. However, if you like light ranch or other creamy dressings...I add a bit of milk or water. Still has taste and less calories. Milk gives extra protein; water doesn't add anything. Also, works well for flavoring a baked potato or squash instead of butter.

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2/1/13 7:59 A


CHILDSCA1 Posts: 28
1/31/13 11:29 P

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Ken's dressing! OMG...delicious! There's a light honey mustard, northern Italian Vinegrette, fat free raspberry pecan dressing. They're the ONLY low cal, low fat dressing I will buy. emoticon

BOPPY_ SparkPoints: (146,921)
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1/30/13 6:54 P

Here's a tip on using any commercial dressing. The manufacturers add thickeners to the dressing which (a) makes them hard to pour and (b) requires that you use more to get better coverage.

I typically add water to the dressing, just to get around these issues.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/30/13 1:58 P

I like Kraft Zesty Italian. It comes in regular and fat free. I hate the taste of the ff so I buy the regular and pour off the fat (or most of it) I find that I like that better than Light or FF.

IAMJACKIEBLUE SparkPoints: (1,086)
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1/29/13 2:30 P

This isn't exactly a ready-made dressing, but I have been using equal parts balsamic and unseasoned rice vinegar along with Wegman's Garlic Herb Seasoning Shaker (use your own favorite seasoning if you don't have a Wegman's or don't like garlic).

Also, I have found that making my own chopped salads at home (I use shears) makes the dressing go WAY farther. I can do a big salad including 4C lettuce plus veggies and protein with 1/2 T of each vinegar. You can even start with 1T of each the first time to try it and see how you like it. (Put the veggies in, drizzle, sprinkle, and THEN chop and toss with cooking shears so it all gets mixed in). I don't enjoy creamy dressings but I am sure you could experiment with adding plain yogurt or light mayo if you do. It does not take much if you try it chopped.

Good luck! I agree that it can be tough to get that delicious homemade flavor with a bottled dressing.

BOPPY_ SparkPoints: (146,921)
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1/29/13 2:05 P

Two Lo-Cal Salad Dressings

I like Cardini's Light Caesar.

I also make my own "Good Vreasons" -- Good Seasons Italian packets plus V-8 Juice. (No oil. No Vinegar. No water.)

BTW, Ken's make great dressings -- light or otherwise -- but even the light ones are relatively high in calories.

KSUGIRL93 SparkPoints: (26,035)
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1/29/13 11:27 A

I agree Ken's makes the best tasting light dressings; however, I also like to make my own. Lots of great quick simple recipes out there by Rachel Ray and others. I love kitchen gadgets so I bought a Jamie Oliver salad dressing maker which doubles as a spice grinder. I love it!

POPSECRET SparkPoints: (79,233)
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1/29/13 8:22 A

Definitely agree with the Ken's suggestions!

My favorites are the light honey mustard, light blue cheese, and light roasted garlic balsamic.

JFGWIFE SparkPoints: (20,443)
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1/28/13 1:59 P

Ken's Lite Raspberry Walnut. It is fabulous!

MCCRAEE1 SparkPoints: (7,803)
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1/28/13 10:58 A

I used to think my husband made the best vinegrette (and, I still do), but I keep a bottle of Newman's own lite sesame ginger dressing at home and at work. At work I use it on brocolli slaw or coleslaw w/ some grilled chicken. I eat thing 3-4 times per week. At home, it's a good break from the usual. It's also good on pasta salad or on noodles as per a asian stir fry. It's also good on raw kale. Just let it sit for 20-30 minutes so the kale softens up.

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
1/26/13 9:10 P

Make your own !!


2 cups of Fat Free Greek Yogurt
1 envelope of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing/dip mix
1/2 cup skim milk

Place in a glass jar and shake until mixed.
Glass jar is easy to shake and store in the fridge.
If I can remember, this is about 10 calories per tablespoon !!!!!


Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 1/26/2013 (21:11)
POETICA7 SparkPoints: (9,026)
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1/26/13 9:50 A

I like Ken's Raspberry Walnut or Light Ranch.

DUCOOLDE SparkPoints: (41)
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1/25/13 8:19 P

I like Russian dressing by wishbone. mmm, beats. But I was told that Thousand Island and Mayo were bad for you based on fat content. When I checked, I was surprised to find that most of the FAT comes from MONO and POLYUNSATURATED!! I was very much lied to cause these are the GOOD kind of fats that should be in our diet rather than saturated or the deadly trans...

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6/5/12 11:48 P

I agree about Bolthouse yogurt dressings, they taste good and don't feel watered down. You can't beat a 35 calorie blue cheese dressing.

RUGGER611 Posts: 189
5/18/12 11:47 A

Kraft makes an asian sesame dressing that is good.
If you have ever heard of Gazebo Room Light that is delicious as well but not sure if they have it where you are, its a pa thing. but its like a greek dressing.
I try to find low cal balsamic dressings or just mix my own balsamic with some olive oil.
Kens honey mustard is good too.

SARAIAB Posts: 61
5/16/12 2:19 P

I've been using
Kraft Done Right Light Raspberry Vinaigrette

Here's a recipe for the salad I've been eating:

SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
5/16/12 10:32 A


KATHIES518 Posts: 472
5/9/12 4:41 P

I agree that the Newman ones are tasty - but I lately am loving Ken's Light Country French!

LUCYGODDESS Posts: 2,410
5/8/12 12:42 P

I enjoy Naturally Fresh Light Ranch or Marzetti's Light Ranch; you can find them in the refrigerated produce section. They are generally around 80 calories, 8 grams of fat & 2 carbs per 2 Tbsp (I got this info from the Marzetti one.) And if you are pushing it on calories or fat or something, I find I can use 1 1/2 Tbsps and mix 1/2 Tbsp water with it. It waters it down of course a little, but not too badly and stretches it further for you. Also if you toss your salad in a little bigger bowl and then put it on your plate or salad bowl, every thing gets coated much better and you have the taste in every bite!

ME_LISSA SparkPoints: (0)
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5/6/12 9:17 A

Boathouse Farms yogurt based dressings are really yummy!
and 2 Tablespoons = only 45 calories!
Here's there website:

MRSCPLUS9 Posts: 940
5/5/12 3:43 A

I like the Newmans rasberry walnut vinegrette.

4/23/12 11:30 P

I vote for Ken's 'lighter' salad dressings.

SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
4/21/12 9:41 A

I like Kens !

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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4/20/12 2:14 P

I get pretty tired of all the dressings and they are so expensive!! I like to make Good Seasons Italian dressing with half the required (olive) oil and more vinegar and water. I never get tired of that. Once in a while I make my own thousand island dressing with half low fat sour cream, half mayo, tbs. of Dijon mustard and a few tbsp s. of sweet relish.

123LACEY SparkPoints: (16,448)
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4/17/12 12:35 A

If you like ranch dressing, try using the mix with buttermilk or yogurt. If you can find the packet made for buttermilk it tastes much better. You can also use part light mayo, but of course that ads fat and calories, but not as much as bottles, depending on the brand and how much mayo you substitute.

1GROVES2 Posts: 10,391
4/16/12 11:04 A

I agree that Ken`s is probably the best low calorie dressings out there. I cannot find the fat free bleu cheese any more, but it is so yummy!
Also vinegarette dressings are very good, especially Raspberry/Walnut Vinegarette, but I can`t remember which brand.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/16/12 6:01 A

I have found by adding a no calorie sweetner to balsamic vinegar it will take the edge off/acid and make it taste better. Another trick is to add water to your olive oil or use a spray bottle for your salad spraying the salad dressing you use much less and cover more.

Edited by: MAGGIEMURPHY4 at: 4/16/2012 (06:02)
DRS510 Posts: 2,219
4/11/12 6:45 P

A high quality balsamic vinegar is amazing!

PURPLEPEONY SparkPoints: (79,944)
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4/11/12 4:12 P

I`ll try one of Ken`s next time I go to Walmart. Thanks!

PURPLEPEONY SparkPoints: (79,944)
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4/11/12 4:11 P

Thanks for your response. I`ve never tried Wishbone.

RICCILYNN Posts: 2,454
4/11/12 12:02 P

I like Ken's dressings. The light dressings don't taste like light dressings! Most, if not all, are low carb and they don't have added sugar to replace the low fat, which is so common with light dressings. My favorites are the Northern Italian Light and the Light Creamy Caesar.

4/10/12 10:56 P

I buy wishbone low cal. It seems to me that the cream based ones have a less artificial taste then the oil based. Esp the Italians. I make my Italian dressings with basil
,,oregano,garlic power,minced onions and what ever spices you like ,a tiny red pepper flakes( more the hotter it gets) olive oil,balsamic vinger and a little water.


PURPLEPEONY SparkPoints: (79,944)
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4/10/12 10:44 P

I love salads but I`m ruining my calorie count with high calorie salad dressings.
Anyone know of a low calorie DELICIOUS, healthy store bought salad dressing? (I`m not a fan of italian style dressing)

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