Fattening salad dressing and sauces are one of the biggest enemies of anyone trying to diet or watch what they eat. A simple sauce on your lunch time salad can take a delicious, healthy, low-cal salad that’s good for you and great for your diet, into a high-sugar, calorie and even fat meal that could easily be as bad for you as your favourite supermarket sandwich.
So while you might think salads are the healthy lunch option, often they’re secretly devilish thanks to the calorific sauces and fattening salad dressing.
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Have a look at the best and worst sauces and salad dressings you can pick up at the supermarket below – there’s a few shockers!
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Pizza Express Caesar Light Dressing
If you love the dressing when you’re eating at the Italian favourite, you can enjoy it at home, too. But be careful on your portions – a 35ml serving is 123 calories and 12.1g fat.
Hellman’s Thousand Island Dressing
It’s a classic and relatively good compared to most dressings on our list. At 84 calories per portion and 7g fat, Hellman’s Thousand Island is one of the better bottles.
Mary Berry Salad Dressing
It’s lovely and creamy, but Mary’s dressing is also the highest calorie option in our round-up with a whopping 179 cals per portion!
Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Honey & Mustard Dressing
‘Be Good To Yourself’ – this does exactly what it says on the tin…well, bottle. A 35ml portion of the honey & mustard dressing is just 28 calories and 0.5g fat – the best all-rounder in our round-up.
Waitrose Gourmet Caesar Dressing
It might be gourmet, but it’s also one of the highest in calories (175) and fat (18.3g).
Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Soy, Chilli & Ginger Dressing
Packing lots of flavour, Sainsbury’s offering is also one of your better choices at 48 calories and 3.1g fat per portion. The ginger, soy and chilli flavours will give it a real kick, meaning you won’t have to use too much for a delicious lunch.
Newman’s Own Italian Dressing
This Italian dressing scores pretty high on the calorie scale – 174 – and is also the highest when it comes to fat, at 19g per 35ml. Best to keep this one as a treat!
Righteous Raspberry & Sweet Basil Dressing
It’s gluten free and great for vegans, but this raspberry dressing also has 10.2g fat per portion, and comes in at 113 calories.
Tesco Finest French Dressing
It’s not the worst, but it’s also not the best if you’re trying to be good. A 35ml portion of this French dressing from Tesco will cost you 124 cals and 12.3g fat.
HP classic woodsmoke BBQ sauce
A Summer BBQ wouldn’t be complete without a sauce or two on your burger, but be careful! A classic BBQ sauce can be full of sugar, so will automatically make your alfresco delight more calorific. This HP sauce is only 20 cals per serving and contains 3.8 g of sugar for every 15g squirt.
Heinz sticky barbecue dip & marinade
We love this sticky sauce for a summer BBQ, but watch how much you eat! Just 15g of this sauce contains 5.8 g of sugar! That’s over a third of the portion made up of the sweet stuff – eek!