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TIP OF THE DAY: Low Calorie Salad Dressing Tasting

If your food plan includes low-calorie salads, remember that a regular salad dressing can zero-out the calorie savings. Each little tablespoon can be 100 calories or more (and the next time you dress your salad, count how many tablespoons you use).

There are countless low-calorie salad dressings out there: the good, the O.K., and the we-don’t-want-another-taste. If you don’t like spending money on bottle after bottle trying to find the ones you like, turn your search into a “salad dressing tasting party.”

Invite friends over for a salad lunch or dinner and taste ten or more different diet dressings at once. You can ask for recommendations up-front. You’ll discover favorite new low-calorie salad dressings, and get your friends together for a healthy good time.

You can assign everyone to bring a different interesting “salad bar” item, or ask everyone to bring an undressed salad—and have a vote to award prizes to the best.


Don’t pour hundreds of calories of dressing
on a healthy salad. Photo by Kelly Cline | IST.

Our current favorite low-calorie salad dressing is Walden Farms Calorie Free Thousand Island Dressing (certified kosher by OU). But it’s the only flavor in the line that we like—after spending more than $4.00 a bottle to try all the others. For a quick diet dinner, we grab a bag of Dole cole slaw mix, some Perdue Short Cuts roast chicken…and then shake on all the zero-calorie dressing we want.

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