What to Eat with Diabetes: Winning Salad Dressings

Want to find a salad dressing that's both delicious and good for you? Try one of our 18 salad dressing finalists or winners. We conducted blind taste panels with more than 75 people, including people with diabetes, and awarded the top-rated salad dressings our Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval.

 

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Taste-Tested & Diabetes-Friendly

Salad dressings can turn a mundane bowl of lettuce into a flavorful dish. But a drizzle of some dressings can load down a salad with extra fat and sodium. So how do you find a dressing that's tasty and nutritious? Diabetic Living's staff took on the challenge to taste and rate any dressing that met our nutritional requirements (below). More than 75 people, including PWDs, tasted the dressings in a series of blind taste panels. The top dressings were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat seal of approval.

Nutritional Guidelines:

Every dressing tested had to meet these health requirements per 2-tablespoon serving:

-- 100 calories or less

-- 7 g total fat or less

-- 2 g saturated fat or less

-- 0 g trans fat

-- 10 g carb or less

-- 350 mg sodium or less

Ranch Dressing Finalists

The three finalists in the ranch dressing category were:

Hidden Valley Light Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 310 mg sodium, 3 g carb.

Wishbone Fat Free Ranch Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 30 cal., 0 g total fat, 280 mg sodium, 6 g carb.

Market Pantry Light Ranch Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 80 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 280 mg sodium, 3 g carb.

Ranch Dressing Winner

And the winner of the ranch dressing category is:

Market Pantry Light Ranch Dressing

Per 2 tablespoons: 80 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 280 mg sodium, 3 g carb. (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g pro.

Taster's comment: "This has the most flavor. Very creamy and slightly sweet."

Why it won: Tasters enjoyed the creaminess of this ranch dressing and noted how a little of the delicious ranch flavor goes a long way in bringing a salad to life.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Finalists

The three finalists in the raspberry vinaigrette category were:

Girard's Light Raspberry Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 3.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 130 mg sodium, 7 g carb.

Wishbone Light Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 80 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 260 mg sodium, 7 g carb.

Walden Farms Calorie-Free Raspberry Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 0 cal., 0 g total fat, 250 mg sodium, 0 g carb.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Winner

And the winner of the raspberry vinaigrette category is:

Girard's Light Raspberry Vinaigrette

Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 3.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 130 mg sodium, 7 g carb. (0 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 0 g pro.

Taster's comment: "I love the strong fruit taste, and it coats the lettuce well."

Why it won: Among the other raspberry vinaigrettes that were quite sweet or quite acidic, this one had a nice balance of not-too-sweet, not-too-tangy flavor.

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Italian Dressing Finalists

The three finalists in the Italian dressing category were:

Wishbone Light Italian Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 35 cal., 2.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 340 mg sodium, 3 g carb.

Wishbone Light Country Italian Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 30 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 300 mg sodium, 3 g carb.

Ken's Steak House Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano
Per 2 tablespoons: 50 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 330 mg sodium, 1 g carb.

Italian Dressing Winner

And the winner of the Italian dressing category is:

Wishbone Light Italian Dressing

Per 2 tablespoons: 35 cal., 2.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 340 mg sodium, 3 g carb. (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g pro.

Taster's comment: "The taste is a nice mix of sweetness and tanginess."

Why it won: This Italian dressing had straightforward, natural taste, and it showed nice flecks of vegetables and pepper.

Honey Mustard Dressing Finalists

The three finalists in the honey mustard dressing category were:

Paula Deen Vidalia Onion Honey Mustard Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 3.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 100 mg sodium, 7 g carb.

Market Pantry Light Honey Mustard Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 4.5 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 120 mg sodium, 8 g carb.

Newman's Own Lighten Up Light Honey Mustard Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 4 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 280 mg sodium, 7 g carb.

Honey Mustard Dressing Winner

And the winner of the honey mustard dressing category is:

Newman's Own Lighten Up Light Honey Mustard Dressing

Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 4 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 280 mg sodium, 7 g carb. (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 0 g pro.

Taster's comment: "I like the creaminess and balanced taste."

Why it won: Just the right amount of sweet honey to complement the bite from the mustard made this dressing a favorite among tasters.

Asian Dressing Finalists

The three finalists in the Asian dressing category were:

Market Pantry Sesame Ginger Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 35 cal., 1.5 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 350 mg sodium, 5 g carb.

Wishbone Light Asian with Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 300 mg sodium, 5 g carb.

Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 320 mg sodium, 7 g carb.

Asian Dressing Winner

And the winner of the Asian dressing category is:

Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing

Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 3 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 320 mg sodium, 7 g carb. (0 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 0.5 g pro.

Taster's comment: "Very good. Nice texture and peanut flavor."

Why it won: All the dressings in this category got rave reviews from tasters, but the Kraft dressing received top marks for its fresh flavors and pleasant ginger scent and taste.

Flavored Vinaigrette Finalists

The three finalists in the flavored vinaigrette category were:

Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Basil Parmesan Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 310 mg sodium, 5 g carb.

Wishbone Light Balsamic & Basil Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 5 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat), 290 mg sodium, 3 g carb.

Newman's Own Lighten Up Light Lime Vinaigrette
Per 2 tablespoons: 60 cal., 6 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 320 mg sodium, 4 g carb.

Flavored Vinaigrette Winner

And the winner of the flavored vinaigrette category is:

Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Basil Parmesan Vinaigrette

Per 2 tablespoons: 70 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 310 mg sodium, 5 g carb. (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 1 g pro.

Taster's comment: "This has a cheesy taste with nice Italian herb flavor."

Why it won: Tasters noted how the Parmesan flavor came through and also how the oil and other ingredients mixed well when the dressing was shaken.

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