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Lighter Salad Dressing Options - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. When you are buying a salad dressing, as when you are buying anything else in the grocery store, you really want to be a food detective. Turn the product over and take a look at the ingredient label. You should recognize everything that is on that ingredient label; this is food after all. So for salad dressings in particular, you want to be looking for things like good quality vinegars, like apple cider vinegar, basalmic vinegar, white vinegar and brown rice vinegar. You also want to be looking for some good quality oils like olive oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, things that have a lot of flavor, as well as herbs and spices. These are generally going to be the healthiest salad dressings you can get. If you are somebody who likes a ranch or sometimes creamier salad dressings, take a look and see if you can find some that have miso in them which makes the dressing creamy but does not have quite as much saturated fat in it. The other thing you want to be careful for is sugar. This is a place they are adding a lot of sugar because they know we like sugar. But we do not want it in our salad dressings, we want it in our cookies and our baked goods. So get the sugar out of your salad dressing and maybe add some fruit to your salad to get that sweet taste. Some healthy alternatives to salad dressings are lemon juice, lime juice. I also like to take an orange and squeeze a fresh orange over the top. It is got a nice light crisp and sweet taste to it. You can also take some apple cider vinegar, some basalmic vinegar; sometimes even a white basalmic is really nice and light and does not have quite the intensity that a red basalmic has. So when it comes to salad dressings, they are definitely not all bad, but make sure you are looking for the healthy alternatives.