When buying salad dressing at the grocery store, look for dressings with less than 3 grams of sugar per 2 Tablespoon serving. Proof that reading labels is essential: two tablespoons of Wishbone Chunky Blue Cheese has 150 calories!
Some restaurant dressing servings have more calories than a cheeseburger, so always order them on the side.
If you're not sure whether a restaurant dressing is a calorie bomb, opt for extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar and ask for it on the side. Instead of pouring it over the salad yourself, dip your fork into the dressing, then skew a bite of salad. You’ll consume fewer calories overall, and you’ll look adorably dainty doing it.
If you’re craving a creamy salad dressing in a high-cal flavor like ranch, check out Walden Farms salad dressings. Available at supermarkets, these dressings are almost calorie-free and come in indulgent flavors like bacon ranch.
Other tasty picks (all with 8 grams of fat or less per 2 tablespoons): Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Raspberry, Wishbone Red Wine, Hidden Valley Ranch Light, and Newman’s Own Lowfat Sesame Ginger.
So always remember, when it comes to salad dressings CHECK THE LABEL! You can't afford to ignore the painful truth about most of them.