7 High Calorie Salad Dressings to Avoid ...

Good for you, girl! You’ve traded in your fast food burger for a fresh salad, and your soda for a water bottle… but wow, you’re still pouring on the calories by drowning your salad in a high calorie salad dressing! Maybe you just don’t know how many calories are in that dressing, so I’ve compiled this list of the most popular high calorie salad dressings… prepare to be amazed, and to ditch your dressing!

1. Ranch

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At around 150 calories per 2 tablespoon serving, ranch tops my list of high calorie salad dressings. Sure, it’s delicious, but most of those calories come from fat! Opt for low-fat Ranch, like the tasty one by Kraft, or better still, skip the dressing altogether and enjoy your fresh veggies or salad without it!

2. Blue Cheese

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Like ranch dressing, most blue cheese dressing also contains about 150 calories per 2 tablespoon serving, sometimes more, depending on how much blue cheese is actually in the dressing. If you want the cheese, without as many calories, try topping your salad with shredded cheese or cheese crumbles made with 2% milk.

3. Bacon and Tomato

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This used to be my brother’s favorite salad dressing, until he saw how many calories were in it! In a 2 tablespoon serving, there are about 100 calories, most of them from saturated fat. Rather than indulging in this high calorie salad dressing, try imitation bacon bits, or even a little real crumbled turkey bacon.

4. French

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160 calories per 2 tablespoon serving? Wow! This has even more calories than ranch, blue cheese, or Caesar… so either use less, or skip the French dressing altogether… Two servings of French dressing, and you might as well eat a cheeseburger!

5. Italian

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At 109 calories per 2 tablespoon serving, Italian certainly makes my list of high calorie salad dressings. It still makes a marvelous marinade, but use with caution, since it’s pretty high in sodium to go along with the 11 grams of fat. Eww! Reduced calorie Italian it is… or perhaps an olive oil, vinegar, and ground black pepper mix instead.

6. Caesar

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This high calorie salad dressing is a dining-out staple, but it’s loaded with calories, about the same as ranch and blue cheese, landing at around 155 calories in each 2 tablespoon serving. Try the Caesar salad without the dressing, choose a reduced-calorie version, or just use less on your salad.

7. Anything “creamy”

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As a general rule, anything with the word “creamy” in the name is going to be a high calorie salad dressing. There are some exceptions, of course, but cream almost always equals calories, so be careful, and check the label!

Amazing, isn’t it? Now that you know your dressing is so dastardly, do you think you’ll choose to skip it, or will you just choose a low-calorie version of your beloved ranch or French dressing? Do tell, darling!

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