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The Best & Worst Italian Dressing on Grocery Store Shelves—Ranked!

The most wholesome and harmful Italian salad toppers out there, and everything in between.

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.

51

Stonewall Kitchen Classic Italian Dressing

stonewall kitchen classic italian dressing

190 calories, 21 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

50

DeLallo Sweet Italian House Dressing

delallo sweet italian house dressing

180 calories, 18 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

49

Marie's Creamy Italian Dressing

maries creamy italian dressing

180 calories, 19 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

48

Ken's Steakhouse Italian Dressing & Marinade

kens steakhouse italian dressing marinade

150 calories, 17 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 460 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

47

Field Day Italian Vinaigrette Dressing

field day italian vinaigrette dressing

140 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

46

Yo Mama's Foods Low Carb Gourmet Italian Dressing and Dip

yo mama italian dressing dip

140 calories, 15 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

45

Briannas Home Style Italian Vinaigrette

briannas home style italian vinaigrette

130 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 310 mg sodium,2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

44

Girard's Olde Venice Italian Salad Dressing

girard olde venice italian salad dressing

120 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 420 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

43

Wishbone Creamy Italian Dressing

wishbone creamy italian dressing

120 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), <1 g protein

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.

42

Kens Steak House Simply Vinaigrette Italian Salad Dressing

kens steak house simply vinaigrette italian

120 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

41

Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian Dressing

newmans own family recipe italian

120 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

40

Kens Steak House Chefs Reserve Italian with Garlic & Asiago Cheese Dressing

kens steak house chefs reserve italian

110 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

39

Daiya Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Plant-based Creamy Italian Dressing

daiya dairy free creamy italian dressing

110 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), <1 g protein

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.

38

Primal Kitchen Italian Vinaigrette & Marinade

primal kitchen italian vinaigrette

110 calories, 12 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

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One & Only Italian Dressing

one only italian dressing

110 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

36

Annies Gluten Free Natural Tuscany Italian Dressing

annies gluten-free natural tuscany italian dressing

100 calories, 9 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

35

Ken's Steak House Zesty Italian Dressing & Marinade

kens steak house zesty italian dressing

90 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 560 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

34

Marzetti Roasted Garlic Italian Vinaigrette

marzetti roasted garlic italian vinaigrette

90 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

33

Wish-Bone House Italian Dressing

wish bone house italian dressing

90 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

32

Annie's Natural Tuscany Italian Salad Dressing

annies natural tuscany italian salad dressing

90 calories, 9 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

31

Terrapin Ridge Farms Creamy Italian White Balsamic Dressing

terrapin ridge farms creamy italian

90 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 1 g protein

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.

30

Olive Garden Italian Kitchen Signature Italian Dressing

olive garden italian kitchen dressing

80 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 520 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

29

Wish-Bone Italian Three Cheese Dressing

wish bone italian three cheese dressing

80 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 500 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

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Wish-Bone Italian Dressing

wish bone italian dressing

80 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 350 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

27

Bernsteins Cheese & Garlic Italian Dressing

bernsteins cheese garlic italian dressing

80 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

26

Happy Belly Traditional Italian Dressing

happy belly traditional italian dressing

80 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

25

Hellmann's Classics Italian Salad Dressing Salad Bar

hellmanns classics italian salad dressing

80 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

24

Kraft Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

kraft creamy italian salad dressing

80 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

Kraft's Creamy Italian dressing keeps salt and fat in check while dishing out the flavor. You can cautiously indulge with this condiment.

23

Wish-Bone Zesty Robusto Italian Dressing

wish bone zesty robusto italian dressing

70 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 370 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

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Wish-Bone Extra Virgin Olive Oil Blend Garlic Basil Italian Dressing

wish bone extra virgin olive oil blend italian dressing

70 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

21

Tessemae's Organic Classic Italian Vinaigrette Salad Dressing and Marinade

tessemaes pantry classic italian

70 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

20

Kraft Tuscan House Italian Salad Dressing

kraft tuscan house italian salad

60 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

19

Kraft Zesty Italian Salad Dressing

kraft zesty italian salad

60 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

18

Kraft Viva Italian Salad Dressing

kraft viva italian salad dressing

50 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

17

Ken's Steak House Lite Northern Italian with Basil & Romano Dressing & Marinade

kens steak house lite northern italian dressing

50 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

16

Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian Salad Dressing

kraft roasted red pepper italian salad

35 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 320 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

15

Olive Garden Lite Italian Dressing

olive garden lite italian dressing

30 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 440 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

14

Healthy Choice Power Dressing Plant-Based Salad Dressing, Creamy Italian

healthy choice plant powered creamy italian

30 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

13

Kraft Zesty Italian Lite Salad Dressing

kraft zesty italian lite salad dressing

25 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 360 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

12

Bolthouse Farms Italian Vinaigarette

bolthouse farms italian vinaigrette

25 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

11

Hellmanns Light Italian Salad Dressing Salad Bar

hellmanns light italian salad dressing

20 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

10

Wish-Bone Fat Free Italian Dressing

wish bone fat free italian dressing

15 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 350 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

9

Kraft Zesty Italian Fat Free Salad Dressing

kraft zesty italian lite salad dressing

15 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

8

Marzetti's Fat Free Italian Dressing

marzettis fat free italian dressing

15 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

7

Hungry Squirrel Keto Lite Italian Dressing

hungry squirrel keto lite italian dressing

10 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 390 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

6

Skinnygirl Italian Dressing

skinnygirl italian dressing

10 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

5

Walden Farms Italian with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

walden farms italian sun dried tomato dressing

0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

4

Walden Farms Zesty Italian Dressing

walden farms zesty italian dressing

0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

3

Walden Farms Italian Salad Dressing

walden farms italian salad dressing

0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Walden Farms provides an even more wholesome dressing that shaves off a bit more salt, making for a good time.

2

Walden Farms Creamy Italian Dressing

walden farms creamy italian dressing

0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 225 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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.

1

3 Zeros Italian Salad Dressing

3 zeros italian salad dressing

0 calories, 0 g fat (0g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

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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Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more