We all know eating salad before a main meal is a great way to fill up before an entree. While I always order my dressing on the side, I found that even though you control how much you drizzle on, a lot can be lost as it drips to the bottom of the bowl, or over saturates some areas, then leaves others dry.
My go to solution: dip my fork in my dressing (typically a vinaigrette or other type of light, non creamy version). That way I get a bit of dressing flavor in every bite but never over do it.
You'll be surprised how much dressing is left over in that side dish, yet you'll feel like you got much more per bite.