The Best & Worst Italian Dressing on Grocery Store Shelves—Ranked!
When you need a simple, delicious dressing, you can't go wrong with Italian. This classic salad topper mixes oil, vinegar, salt, and a handful of spices together to create a quick and easy dressing that can please the pickiest eaters. While the big brands have found ways to create delicious versions of this condiment, many have filled store-bought Italian dressings with varying amounts of extra fat, sugar, and salt. This range makes picking up a healthy bottle of the dressing feel like a challenge.
Trying to sort through the variety of Italian dressings that line the grocery store shelf can feel overwhelming, especially considering how many varieties of the product you can choose from. If you want to pick out the healthiest option, the task feels even greater. Don't fret—In order to make your life easier, we have assembled the master list of Italian dressings, ranked from worst to best, that can make or break your salad experience. We factored calories, fat, sodium, and sugar as key metrics when it came to ranking these top-selling dressings and this list exclusively tackles name-brand dressings, so don't expect to see any generic versions of this popular tangy salad topper here.
Read on to see if your favorite Italian dressing ranks as one of the healthier versions out there, and if you want to skip the store and craft your own healthy take on the dressing, make sure to check out 10 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes to Make for a mouthwatering Italian vinaigrette that can elevate anything it touches.
Stonewall Kitchen Classic Italian Dressing
Coming in dead last, Stonewall Kitchen's take on Italian dressing packs in the fat. While it lacks sodium and sugar, each two-tablespoon serving comes chockful of 21 grams of fat and a ton of calories.
DeLallo Sweet Italian House Dressing
DeLallo loads four grams of sugar per serving in their take on this tangy salad topper. Factor in 180 calories and a chunk of fat, and this dressing won't do your waistline any favors.
Marie's Creamy Italian Dressing
Marie's Creamy Italian Dressing packs in a whopping 19 grams of fat per serving, but at least you don't have to deal with many carbs or sodium per serving. If you need to watch your fat intake, cross this item off your grocery list.
Ken's Steakhouse Italian Dressing & Marinade
It sometimes takes unwholesome ingredients to achieve great flavor, and unfortunately, Ken's Steakhouse Italian Dressing & Marinade courts flavor by loading up salt and fat into a small two-tablespoon serving. Avoid this dressing if you need to watch your sodium and fat intake.
Field Day Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
For a vinaigrette, Field Day's take on Italian dressing attempts to find a middle ground between ingredients. While each serving comes with 2 grams of saturated fat and 16 grams of fat, expect to find less sodium and carbs.
Yo Mama's Foods Low Carb Gourmet Italian Dressing and Dip
Yo Mama's Foods may have found a way to get fewer carbs and sodium into their dressing, but they don't throw a bone to anyone looking to cut out the fat. While the calorie count causes this dressing to rank as a less-than-wholesome selection, keto dieters might consider this dressing.
Briannas Home Style Italian Vinaigrette
If you don't fear calories in your dressing, feel free to taste test Briannas Home Style Italian Vinaigrette, featuring 13 grams of fat per two-tablespoon serving, in addition to a noticeable serving of sodium and a bit of sugar.
Girard's Olde Venice Italian Salad Dressing
If you want to stick to the nutritional straight and narrow, you could do worse than Girard's take on Italian dressing, but you could certainly do better. This salad topper's salt content and a hearty serving of fat won't fit every eating plan.
Wishbone Creamy Italian Dressing
Creamy dressings imply a product contains a certain amount of fat, and with 1.5 grams of saturated fat per two tablespoons, this Italian dressing can't do your diet any favors. Make sure to approach this one with caution if you need to watch your added sugar as well.
Kens Steak House Simply Vinaigrette Italian Salad Dressing
Ken's take on an Italian Vinaigrette provides a more wholesome take on the condiment compared to their other offerings, but 13 grams of fat and 280 milligrams of salt per serving keep this side from ranking higher on our list.
Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing
Newman's Own Italian Dressing barely slips past Ken's Vinaigrette thanks to its lack of carbs and smaller sodium count. Despite these differences, approach this dressing with caution if you need to cut back on unwholesome diet elements.
Kens Steak House Chefs Reserve Italian with Garlic & Asiago Cheese Dressing
Ken's Steak House Chefs Reserve Italian Dressing comes loaded with salt. At the very least, you can expect to find fewer calories and fat counts than their other Italian dressing products.
Daiya Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Plant-based Creamy Italian Dressing
For a dressing that touts its health benefits, Daiya's Italian dressing still ranks as a less-than-wholesome salad topper thanks to a hearty 300 milligrams of sodium per serving and a noticeable 12 grams of fat.
Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette & Marinade
Primal Kitchen can offer up great products for anyone who wants to watch their carb intake, but for a balanced diet, approach this dressing with caution. The 12 grams of fat per serving make this Italian dressing a tougher purchase to justify if you want an all-around healthy option.
One & Only Italian Dressing
Two tablespoons of One & Only Italian Dressing only rake in one carb, but the 12 grams of fat can add up if you overdo it on this dressing.
Annies Gluten Free Natural Tuscany Italian Dressing
Annie's take on Italian dressing finds a middle ground between calories, fat, sodium, and carbs. With an even mixture of fat, sugar, and salt, you wouldn't consider this option the healthiest dressing, but you could also do worse.
Ken's Steak House Zesty Italian Dressing & Marinade
Ken's Zesty Italian Dressing and Marinade may only contain 90 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving but loads up on 560 milligrams of noticeable sodium. If you need to watch your salt intake, make sure to pass on this option.
Marzetti Roasted Garlic Italian Vinaigrette
Like Ken's Zesty Italian dressing, Marzetti's Roasted Garlic Italian Vinaigrette loads up on salt but cuts back on calories. Just make sure to go easy on this dressing, as it contains a bit of sugar and 9 grams of fat that can add up.
Wish-Bone House Italian Dressing
Wish-Bone finds a happy medium between sugar, fat, salt, and calories and in controlled portions, can make salads great without adding too many unhealthy elements. Just make sure to go easy on the dressing and you can rest easy.
Annie's Natural Tuscany Italian Salad Dressing
Annie's finds a great middle-ground with their Tuscany Italian Salad Dressing. With a smaller dose of sodium, carbs, and calories, you can find something to enjoy in this dressing.
Terrapin Ridge Farms Creamy Italian White Balsamic Dressing
If you need to cut back on salt, Terrapin Ridge Farms' Italian dressing has your name on it. While the salad topping has some fat and carbs, it can help you keep your sodium count down.
Olive Garden Italian Kitchen Signature Italian Dressing
Olive Garden has made a nutritional name for itself by loading their entrees with calories, but luckily, their Italian dressing won't add too many extra calories into the mix. While the dressing only has 80 calories per serving, the sizable 520 milligrams of sodium has the potential to undo any salt control you have worked towards in your diet, so tread lightly with this dressing.
Wish-Bone Italian Three Cheese Dressing
Wishbone's Italian Three Cheese Dressing may only have 80 calories, but each serving ups the dose of sodium to 500 milligrams. With numbers this high, you may want to second-guess this choice if you need a balanced dressing.
Wish-Bone Italian Dressing
Wish-Bone's classic Italian dressing finds a balance between sodium, fat, and calories, but loads up on some unnecessary sugar. Depending on your eating plan, you may want to steer clear of this option.
Bernsteins Cheese & Garlic Italian Dressing
When you need to watch out for sodium, Bernstein's Cheese & Garlic Italian Dressing won't do you any favors. Their 8 grams of fat can also add up if you like sizable pours of dressing.
Happy Belly Traditional Italian Dressing
While Happy Belly only has 7 grams of fat per serving, the 4 grams of sugar keeps this dressing from reaching a higher rank in this list.
Hellmann's Classics Italian Salad Dressing Salad Bar
With a bit of sugar, salt, and fat, Hellmann's Classics Italian dressing finds a way to balance flavor and diet-breaking elements. If you decide to use this dressing, like many other options, make sure to go easy on your pours.
Kraft Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
Kraft's Creamy Italian dressing keeps salt and fat in check while dishing out the flavor. You can cautiously indulge with this condiment.
Wish-Bone Zesty Robusto Italian Dressing
Wish-Bone continues to offer up another Italian dressing with added sugar. If you need to keep your carb count low, make sure to avoid this particular sauce.
Wish-Bone Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend Garlic Basil Italian Dressing
With 2 grams of sugar and 7 grams of fat per serving, you could definitely do worse than Wish-Bone's Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend Italian dressing. If you want to keep an eye out for fat content, make sure to use less of this dressing for better diet results.
Tessemae's Organic Classic Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing and Marinade
With only 50 grams of sodium and no sugar, you can't go wrong with Tessemae's Italian dressing, especially if you don't have to worry about fat. This dressing can do wonders for anyone doing the keto diet or similar eating plans.
Kraft Tuscan House Italian Salad Dressing
With 60 calories, you can feel good about adding this Kraft dressing to your salad. Just make sure to enjoy this dressing with a bit of caution, as it still has a noticeable amount of fat per serving.
Kraft Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
Kraft continues to cut back on fat with this version of their Italian dressing. While the fat count drops, the salt increases, making this dressing a bit risky for anyone looking to watch their sodium.
Kraft Viva Italian Salad Dressing
For a low-calorie Kraft option, the brand's Viva Italian Salad Dressing can make a ton of diners happy. Just make sure to take notice of the 330 milligrams of salt per serving and you can eat easily.
Ken's Steak House Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano Dressing & Marinade
Ken's takes their dressing to healthy new levels with their lite take on Italian dressing. With only 50 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, you can generally feel good with this dressing.
Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian Salad Dressing
For a low-calorie option, take your tastebuds on a journey with Kraft's Red Pepper riff on Italian dressing. The meager fat count can also make dieters take notice of this particular condiment.
Olive Garden Lite Italian Dressing
Olive Garden takes their lite Italian dressing seriously. While this option only features 30 calories, the 440 milligrams of sodium has the potential to make some eaters wince.
Healthy Choice Power Dressing Plant-Based Salad Dressing, Creamy Italian
Healthy Choice bumps their Italian dressing up to the next level with the help of some added fiber and a minimal amount of fat. Factor in a scant 30 calories per serving, and you're looking at a good time.
Kraft Zesty Italian Lite Salad Dressing
While Kraft's Zesty Lite Italian dressing cuts out some fat, its noticeable sodium count and sugar content keep it from making it higher on the list.
Bolthouse Farms Italian Vinaigarette
Bolthouse continues to shave down the calories with their dressing, and when you only have to deal with 135 mg of sodium, you can indulge with this dressing.
Hellmanns Light Italian Salad Dressing Salad Bar
Hellmann's ups their Italian dressing game by cutting out the fat and lowering their dressing's sodium count. If only they could reduce the sugar count, they might have upped their rank a bit.
Wish-Bone Fat Free Italian Dressing
In a close neck-and-neck with Hellmann's, Wish-Bone's Fat-Free Italian Dressing slips ahead thanks to its fewer calories and sugar count. You can't go wrong with numbers like those.
Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Salad Dressing
Kraft's Zesty Fat-Free Italian barely slips by Wish-Bone thanks to a touch less salt per serving. As long as you don't need to watch your salt or sugar, feel free to indulge with this dressing.
Marzetti's Fat Free Italian Dressing
Marzetti provides a low-calorie Italian dressing that will fit the bill for a lot of your dietary needs. Just be mindful of the sugar intake when using this dressing.
Hungry Squirrel Keto Lite Italian Dressing
When you need to go keto, buying dressings from the store can feel risky. Luckily, Hungry Squirrel has your back with their Italian dressing that cuts down on the carbs and fat. The dressing has a noticeable amount of salt, meaning you need to avoid overpouring the condiment on your salad.
Skinnygirl Italian Dressing
Skinnygirl Italian dressing lives up to its name with a minimum of fat, sugar, and salt. For a touch of flavor, you can't go wrong with this dressing.
Walden Farms Italian with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing
When all you have to worry about is salt, you can't go wrong. As long as you don't have to watch your sodium count, Walden Farm's Italian with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing has your name on it.
Walden Farms Zesty Italian Dressing
Walden Farms ups their Italian dressing game with this topping that only contains 260 mg of sodium. With 0 calories, you could even come back for seconds with this dressing.
Walden Farms Italian Salad Dressing
Walden Farms provides an even more wholesome dressing that shaves off a bit more salt, making for a good time.
Walden Farms Creamy Italian Dressing
Walden Farms Creamy Italian Dressing takes creamy Italian dressings to new heights with a minimum sodium count and no calories. Feel free to truly indulge in this condiment.
3 Zeros Italian Salad Dressing
When it comes to serving up a true diet experience in the form of Italian dressing, no one does it better than 3 Zeros Italian Salad Dressing. This condiment only has a slight touch of sodium, making it ideal for almost any diet. With a dressing like this, feel free to really take advantage of the condiment.
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