CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


Salad Dressing

What are your favorite salad dressings? I think I could use some variety.
Mine is Paul Newman's Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, 45 cal / 2 tbsp.

Wed. Jul 18, 2:29pm

Add comment  
Newman's LIght Seseme Ginger Dressing. 2 TBSP is 35 calories!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 2:44 PM

Add comment
A daring suggestion: make your own vinaigrette. You only need oil (peanut, corn, canola, olive, walnut, hazelnut....) and vinegar (white, red wine, white wine, balsamic....) and if you feel really daring, you can add salt, pepper, and other herbs (parsley, dill, oregano, basil ....). Bon apetit!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 3:55 PM

Add comment
Trader Joe's Pear Gorgonzola Champange Vinegarette - Low Cal, Sugar free and sooo awesome on a spinach salad with sliced strawberries and sliced almonds.


Trader Joe's Santorini - greek dressing. It's not uber low cal, but it's about half the damage of regular dressing. Love it in a traditional greek salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, FF Feta and I chop up just a couple kalamatas cause I love them!). It's great on chicken 'n pasta dishes too. Tangy and a little goes a long way.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 4:06 PM

Add comment
I only use homemade ones I make myself. Several different vinaigrettes with high-quality extra virgin olive oil and an acid such as balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, citrus juice or beer, good herbs, maybe dijon or other mustard, a smidge of brown sugar, and fresh ground pepper.

I also make a low-fat version of a bleu cheese dressing that is as good as the real stuff.

Be creative!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 4:17 PM

Add comment
I like Kraft Calorie Wise Sundried Tomato and Oregano.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 5:29 PM

Add comment
A salad place by me has a few calorie-free dressing options! And they taste okay too! I'm sure they're full of chemicals, but I still want to know, where can I buy them in stores??

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 6:13 PM

Add comment
If you're asking where you can buy the specific dressings you like at the salad place, ask them what kind they use. It's possibly they're using a common brand you can buy at the grocery store. If you're asking where you can buy low-cal dressings in general, they're available at any store. The problem is that not very many of them taste good. That's why I make my own. Or ... I'll use the regular versions, but have them on the side and use them sparingly by dipping some bites of salad in them. That works well for me, but some people prefer the low cal versions.

You might also check Sam's or Costco - I've noticed some of the same brands of commercial dressings that the commercial food service distributors carry. The size may be too big for the typical home user, though.

Also, when I find a restaurant that offers a genuinely tasty low fat or fat free dressing (Chilis used to have a southwest ranch that was great, and Gradys had an awesome vinaigrette), I'd ask if they'd sell me a pint of it. Both Chilis and Gradys were happy to do so. I'm not sure, but I don't think Chilis has that one anymore, and I think Gradys went out of business.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 6:24 PM

Add comment
Hey guys I just found a line of dressings called Walden Farms and they are all Calorie-free. 0 calories, 0 sugars, 0 fat, 0 everything. And they have all the different kinds of flavors.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 8:58 PM

Add comment
Anybody knows of a Fat Free Southwest Ranch dressing? They have it at work but I dont know what brand it is, and I want to buy it!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 8:59 PM

Add comment
I like the wishbone salad spritzers. Like 2 calories a spray and they are really pretty good. I think you have to develop a taste for wet vs creamy but that is my usual choice.
Also I have had salad with just tomatoes and avacado slices and it is really good with no dressing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 9:09 PM

Add comment
I use regular salad dressing, but I just dip my fork. I probably use about a teaspoon and a half on a whole plate of salad this way.

Favorite? Breanna's Poppyseed. Mom found this one; she's allergic to MSG and it has none.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 9:14 PM

Add comment
I would love a recommendation for a great bleu cheese dressing w/o trans fats.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 9:25 PM

Add comment
I also like to make my own if I'm going to have a whole salad... Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic w/ salt, pepper, fresh lemon juice... I usually just leave it at that.
I also have dressing in the door for when I just want a little for dipping snack veggies. Girard's Light Champagne is my favorite.
I second the request for a non-trans-fat bleu cheese recipe.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 9:44 PM

Add comment
Low fat but not trans-fat free bleu cheese dressing

This is a recipe for bleu cheese dressing I worked out a few weeks ago. I've enjoyed it in moderation on some great salads and on some low-fat buffalo chicken tenders I also made. Because it's so low in fat and calories, I can also have a little more of it than when I have the original version. If anyone improves on this, I'd enjoy hearing about it. Enjoy!

4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) of this dressing has 50 calories and 2 grams of fat.

1/2 cup reduced fat (or fat free) sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fat free mayo
5 oz tub of bleu cheese crumbles
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
two cloves garlic

Throw the garlic into the food processor and take it on a good spin. Add about 1/3 of the bleu cheese and all other ingredients, and process til well blended. About the second 1/3 of the bleu cheese and pulse briefly three times - the idea here is to incorporate the bleu cheese but not puree it. Add the final 1/3 of the bleu cheese and fold gently into mixture. This process allows you to have a mixture that will have the flavor of bleu cheese in every bite, with small and medium-sized crumbles of bleu cheese distributed evenly throughout.

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 6:54 PM

Add comment
My Own

1 tbl of olive oil
1 tbl of balsamic
fresh basil
salt and pepper

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 6:59 PM

Add comment

Monday, July 07, 2008, 12:28 PM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge