The Best of the Light Salad Dressings

Keep your salad luscious and low-fat

By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
WebMD Expert Review

Our picks for the top 10 great-tasting, low-calorie salad dressings.

Your choice of salad dressing can determine whether your salad is delicious or a dud. And pouring on the high-fat dressing can quickly transform your healthy salad into a calorie bomb. So it's a good thing there are plenty of great-tasting choices in the light salad dressing category.

After all, salad dressing is one of the more versatile items in your refrigerator. Not only is it a crucial finishing touch for your greens, a bottle of salad dressing can quickly transform into a marinade, dip, sandwich spread, or dressing for pasta salad.

To help you make the best choice, WebMD went to the grocery store to find the 10 most satisfying salad dressings that won't blow your calorie budget -- whether you prefer creamy and vinaigrette. Here are the results of our taste test.

Best Vinaigrette-Style Salad Dressings

  1. Newman's Own Light Honey Mustard

This dressing has a wonderfully balanced flavor, with the honey and mustard flavors both coming through nicely. I found myself going back for more of this dressing during the taste test. It would also work well as a dip, spread, or marinade.

First 5 ingredients listed on the label: Water, Creole mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, soybean and/or canola oil.

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 70 calories, 4 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 290 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate.

  1. (tie) Ken's Steakhouse Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette