The Best Salad Dressings to Buy

Updated July 20, 2017

Using premade salad dressing can add a lot of flavour to both your cold salad dishes and hot entrée dishes. Most salad dressing also can be used as a marinade. Creamy salad designs often have a base made from sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk and double cream or yoghurt while vinaigrette style salad dressings use oil and vinegar.

When choosing a pre-made salad dressing, be sure to take note of sodium and fat levels and ingredients. The best premade dressings are the ones with a minimal list of ingredients that are all natural with no preservatives.

Best Yet Ranch

Ranch dressing is one of the most popular flavour of salad dressings on the market. If you are a fan of a full-fat ranch dressing, Best Yet makes a stellar bottled version. It has the right amount of spice and tang to liven up salads and an added kick of pepper helps it to stand out among other supermarket brands in terms of flavour. It's rich and creamy without any more fat than the average brand, too.

Wishbone Salad Spritzer

If you are interested in a dressing that provides flavour without fat, then Wishbone Salad Spritzers are for you. Instead of being poured out of the bottle, the dressing is spritzed on your veggies using a spray top. There are a variety of flavours to choose from, each being around 15 calories per serving (10 sprays) and just 1 gram of fat. While you won't get the creamy consistency, you will get the seasoning of your favourite salad dressing.

Newman's Own Lighten Up Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Balsamic dressing uses balsamic vinegar, which is a mellow, wood-aged product not quite as sharp as plain white vinegar. Newman's Own is a well-known supermarket brand dressing that is popular for using all natural ingredients. Their Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing contains only water, balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, distilled vinegar, salt and spices like paprika and garlic. At 390 milligrams, it offers a lower per-serving sodium level compared to most other brands, and has just 4 grams of fat per serving. This dressing makes a great marinade for chicken or vegetables, too.

Annie's Naturals

Annie's Naturals Organic dressings come in a variety of interesting flavours including Asian Sesame, Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Green Goddess, a sweet and tangy dressing made with parsley. All of the ingredients are organic and the dressings are also gluten free. With just 11 grams of fat and 260 milligrams of sodium per serving, Annie's Naturals weighs in as a healthy creamy dressing option. Annie's Naturals dressings are ideal for salads, but can also be used as a drizzle over steamed vegetables and grilled fish or as a dip for chips and crudite.

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Fabiana Santana is a freelance food writer, editor and recipe tester and developer based in New York City. She has worked as a writer and editor for, Chef Laurent Tourondel, "Family Circle," "Profile Magazine," Shecky’s,, "Time Out New York" and many other publications. Santana is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute Culinary Technique program.