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Salad Smarts

Fresh salad smarts in a bowl

A lot of people think "salad" automatically means low-calorie diet food. Wrong! Salads can be incredibly misleading. Make the most of your salads by choosing a sensible dressing.

How to be Salad Smart

Salads can be loaded with nutrition and can be satisfying and delicious (especially in the summer). Just be "Salad Smart"!

Here is the nutrition information for two tablespoons of some common salad dressings.

Salad Ingredients

French dressing.

  • 146 calories
  • 14.4 grams of fat

Caesar dressing.

  • 156 calories
  • 17 grams of fat

Ranch dressing.

  • 148 calories
  • 15.6 grams of fat

Thousand Island.

  • 118 calories
  • 11.2 grams of fat

South Beach Diet salad dressing is also availabe in Ranch. Found in your grocery stores.

More Salad Dressing Alternatives

Salsa. Salsa is a great, low-calorie option for any salad. See: Salsa Recipe Collection

Lemon Juice. Lemon juice makes a refreshing, tangy alternative for topping your lettuce. Especially good on salads already containing citrus.

Low fat or Fat Free. If you're in a restaurant ordering a salad, be sure to request a lower fat or fat free version of your favorite dressing.

Disclosure: We have no affiliation with the manufacturer mentioned above.

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