Salad Dressing: The Best of the Light Dressings (cont.)

First 5 ingredients (Ken's): Water, soybean and/or canola oil, distilled vinegar, maltodextrin, Parmesan cheese.

Per serving: (2 tablespoons): 90 calories, 8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 320 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate.

First 5 ingredients (Girard's): Water, soybean oil, corn syrup solids, corn-cider vinegar, Parmesan cheese,

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 90 calories, 8 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 370 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate.

2. Marie's Lite Chunky Blue Cheese

If you like a creamy dressing with chunks of blue cheese swimming around in it, this will fit the bill. This one has a bit more intense blue cheese flavor than my second favorite light blue cheese dressing, Litehouse Lite Bleu Cheese. (If you like dressing with a little more cream and a little less blue, Litehouse is the choice for you). You'll find Marie's in the refrigerated dressing section of your supermarket.

First 5 ingredients: Water, cultured nonfat buttermilk, soybean oil, polydextrose, blue cheese.

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 80 calories, 6 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 280 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate.

  1. Marie's Lite Creamy Ranch

This extra-thick dressing is full of rich ranch flavor. You can see the herbs and spices throughout the dressing, which doesn't taste or look light.

First 5 ingredients: Water, cultured nonfat buttermilk, soybean oil, corn syrup solids, buttermilk solids

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 90 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate.

  1. Litehouse Salsa Ranch Dressing & Dip

At first glance it looks like Thousand Island, but this is actually what happens when a bottle of ranch dressing gets together with a bowl of chunky salsa. (The idea of this will either repulse you or send you to the nearest crisper to grab something to dip into the jar.)

I like both ranch dressing and salsa, but wasn't sure I wanted them to get all blended together. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I dipped my baby carrot into this unique dressing. I might just have to look for some other ways to use it. You'll find Litehouse in the refrigerated dressing section of your supermarket.

First 5 ingredients: Cultured buttermilk, tomatoes, canola oil, water, sour cream.

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 60 calories, 5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 220 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate.

  1. Hidden Valley Ranch Light Sour Cream dressing

This dressing looks creamy, not synthetic. It has a pleasant ranch flavor that would complement any veggie platter or green salad.

First 5 ingredients: Water, soybean oil, maltodextrin, sugar, dried sour cream.\

Per serving (2 tablespoons): 80 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 270 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for WebMD and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

Reviewed on September 03, 2009.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/3/2009


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