Below I’ve listed some good choices for store-bought salad dressings.
For a dressing to make my list, it must be mostly, if not entirely, free of unhealthy fat and sugar.
If you are looking for an acceptable salad dressing on your own, you want to make sure that…
- Sugar or high fructose corn syrup are not one of the top three ingredients
- Vegetable oil (i.e. soybean oil, safflower oil) is not found on the ingredient’s list. You can make an exception if it is listed, as long as it is not one of the top three ingredients.
- Canola oil is not a natural fat, nor is it a preferred fat. However, expeller pressed or cold pressed canola oil is acceptable. These terms typically mean the oil was not subjected to high temperatures or chemicals during its extraction.
Because not all dressings on the list will be found in your grocery store, I have linked them to Amazon.com.
Drew’s All-Natural Salad Dressing, Romano Ceasar (contains expeller pressed canola oil)
Drew’s All-Natural Salad Dressing, Thai Sesame Lime (contains expeller pressed canola oil)
Annies Homegrown Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette (contains a small amount of vegetable oil and honey)
You may have some luck finding Maple Grove Farms Salad Dressings in your local Grocery Store. Try these acceptable varieties:
Maple Grove Farms Ginger Pear Dressing (contains some canola oil and sugar)
Commercial Salad Dressing Alternatives
You can avoid commercial salad dressings altogether by using one of these alternatives:
- Make your own (see recipe book)
- Use lemon or lime juice
- Use one Tablespoon of oil with balsamic vinegar. Acceptable oils include extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flax oil, or walnut oil.