Food & Nutrition

Low calorie salad dressing that’ll add taste to your salads without adding loads of calories

Published by Finn Hayden

Eating salad is a great way to save on calories and get more nutrients into your diet, but let's face it - salad can sometimes be a bit boring. Adding a delicious salad dressing to your salad can make it more exciting, but the issue with most salad dressings is that they can be really high in calories, totally ruining your healthy eating efforts. Luckily, there are lots of great low calorie salad dressing options out there for you to use instead, so you can add flavour to your salad without adding calories. We've rounded up our favourites for this guide, let's get into it:

M&S Reduced Fat French Dressing - 83kcal per 100ml

We're big fans of all of the food from M&S, and the Reduced Fat French Dressing is no exception. It's a classic French dressing made with Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, but it isn't too strong or too tart. It's a recipe which contains less fat than the standard french dressing from M&S, which also means it's lower in calories at just 83kcal per 100ml. Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com

M&S Reduced Fat French Dressing

Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself French Dressing - 73kcal per 100ml

The Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself range is packed with products which taste good but are lower in calories than the standard Sainsbury's products, and we think the French Dressing from this range is really good. It's made with wholegrain mustard as well as Dijon mustard, which helps to reduce the number of calories in it. Speaking of calories, this is one of the lowest calorie salad dressings we could find at just 73kcal per 100ml. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Sainsbury's Be Good Salad dressing

Hellmann's Fat Free Vinaigrette - 50kcal per 100ml

Vinaigrettes tend to be lower in calories than other types of salad dressings because they aren't as creamy, and this vinaigrette from Hellmann's is definitely a good example of this. It's totally free from fat and very low in calories at just 50kcal per 100ml. Learn more and buy it here - hellmanns.com

Hellmans Fat Free

Waitrose Essential Low Fat Vinaigrette - 95kcal per 100ml

We're almost always impressed by the food produced by Waitrose, and we think this Low Fat Vinaigrette from the Waitrose Essential range is a great simple product. It has a pleasant sharpness to it and pairs really well with salads and other foods like avocados. A little goes a long way, plus it is low in calories at just 95kcal per 100ml. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com

Essential Low Fat Vinaigrette

Tesco Reduced Fat French Dressing - 65kcal per 100ml

You'll notice that we've included 2 of the low calorie salad dressings from Tesco in this image - although we want to focus on the French Style Dressing, we'll give a quick mention to the Balsamic Dressing which we found to be very tasty and perfect for leafy green salads. But we're big fans of French Dressing and really enjoyed the Reduced Fat French Style Dressing from Tesco which is more to our taste. Both of these dressings contain just 65kcal per 100ml, making them both a great low calorie option. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com

Tesco reduced fat salad dressing

ASDA Light Honey & Mustard Dressing - 62kcal per 100ml

This salad dressing has a real zing to it, which we personally love. It tastes great tossed over just about any type of salad but we think it goes particularly well with salads containing avocado. The sauce has got some mustard seeds in it which add a nice bit of texture too, plus the sweetness of the honey is definitely there but isn't overpowering. Overall, it's a really impressive light salad dressing from ASDA. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.asda.com

ASDA Light Honey & Mustard Dressing

Hopefully this guide helps you to find a delicious low calorie salad dressing which will add flavour to your salad. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any others you'd like us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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