My Favorite Store Bought Reduced-fat Salad Dressings…


For years I was completely disappointed in the reduced-fat salad dressings sold in supermarkets.  They often tasted medicinal or simply unpleasant and I felt better off using a small amount of a high-fat dressing, or giving up on taste and using vinegar or fresh-squeezed lemon juice.  Out of frustration, I ultimately created my own line of reduced-fat dressings.  These dressings were used in my restaurant, Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen and sold in many supermarkets in southern California.  Years later, I wrote a salad dressing book, Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen Reduced-Fat Salad Dressings Book.  It’s available at

Now, I’m happy to say, I’ve tasted and used many delicious reduced-fat bottled dressings sold in supermarkets. I’m sharing some of my favorites.

1. Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing-Gluten free

Skinny Facts: for 2 tablespoons
60 calories, 5g fat, 1g protein, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 450mg sodium, 2g sugar
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

2. Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette

Skinny Facts: for 2 tablespoons
45 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g protein, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 200mg sodium, 4g sugars
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1

3. Ken’s Steak House Lite Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
Skinny Facts:
for 2 tablespoons
80 calories, 6g fat, 0g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 125mg sodium, 7g sugars
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

4. Ken’s Steakhouse Lite Creamy Caesar
Skinny Facts: for 2 tablespoons
90 calories, 8g fat, 1g protein, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 320mg sodium, 1g sugar

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3

5. Cardini’s Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing- Gluten free
Skinny Facts:
for 2 tablespoons
50 calories, 3g fat, 0g protein, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 210mg sodium, 5g sugars
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1

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15 Responses to “My Favorite Store Bought Reduced-fat Salad Dressings…”

  1. Beth B Says:

    Have you tried Trader Joe’s Raspberry Gorgonzola Walnut Salad Dressing? It’s not a specifically “low cal” salad dressing but has about the same calorie count as these. It’s just delicious.

  2. admin Says:

    I’m going to give it a try. I love Raspberry dressings to top summer salads. Thanks Beth!

  3. Donna S Says:

    I have found a couple of good ones as well. I am on WW.
    1 point + Consorzio Strawberry and Balsamic Fat Free Dressing (They also make a Raspberry version)
    1 point + Brianna’s Special Request Santa Fe Blend
    2 point + Trader Joes Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette
    2 point + Trader Joe’s Cranberry Gorgonzola Walnut Dressing

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Donna for sharing these. I’ve tried the Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut and Cranberry Gorgonzola and they are delicious.
    I can’t wait to try the other two!

  5. Denise Says:

    I just happened upon this post.. and had to add my favorite..
    Check out Panera’s Poppy Seed dressing. It is fat free and available in bottles at Target Super Stores. WW PP zero points!!! It is the best!

  6. Candace Says:

    I also just stumbled upon this post and thought I would share 2 salad dressing discoveries
    Braswells Vidalia Onion & Summer Tomato 2T/40 cal/0 fat and Boathouse Farms Classic Ranch @
    2T/45 cal/3g fat. They are both deliciousa! We do not have a Trader Joe’s here in Green Bay WI area.
    Being on WW I just love your site.

  7. admin Says:

    Candace, I’ve never tried either of those. Thanks for sharing…I’ll check them out!

  8. David Says:

    Bernstein’s Light Fantastic Cheese Fantastico Dressing is the bomb! 1 WW point 25 calories & yummy!

  9. admin Says:

    Sounds great David…Thanks for sharing it. I must check that dressing out!

  10. Karen Says:

    I just discovered your site and am so excited to explore. i’ve recently begun a mission to eat healthier and I love the food facts that you’ve added to your recipes. I use Walden Farm products They have very tasty 0 calorie/0 sugar salad dresings, jams, and sauces.

  11. admin Says:

    I ‘m so happy you found my site Karen…Welcome! Thanks for sharing about Walden Farm products.

  12. Jennifer Says:

    I joined WW two weeks ago and I have lost 3.8 pounds. Yay me! I am a little frustrated, though, because I was so excited when I found your skinny ranch dressing, which is absolutely fabulous, by the way, but when I got to the meeting tonight and told the leader about it, she said to make sure the points were accurate unless it’s WW endorsed. Now, I know anyone can put anything on the internet and its a great idea to check validity, but I don’t want to have to re-check every single thing! Your recipes look awesome and I can speak from personal experience that the ranch is GREAT. Just making sure, your point calculations are accurate with the points plus system, correct? Thank you so much! I see other WW people on here but I want to be able to brag on this site to my friends at the meetings without hearing “Are you sure??”

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks for joining me on Skinny Kitchen Jennifer. Congratulations on your weight loss!
    I calculate the nutrition facts in a programs called Recipe Calculator on Spark People.
    After that, I calculate the Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS on a website called

    I hope that helps.
    With my best wishes,

  14. Jennifer Says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much. Your recipes are definitely helping me be successful. Close to 7 pound loss now!!

  15. admin Says:

    Fantastic Jennifer…Congratulations!
    All the best,

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