Taste Test: Super-Tasty Vinaigrettes

We tried almost 200 vinaigrettes -- these are the best!

Best Lightened-Up

salad dressing

Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame Reduced Fat Dressing

This low-fat fave packs tons of flavor (from savory soy sauce, spicy ginger and nutty sesame seeds) into 50 calories per serving. "It's so rich, it can't be low-fat!" one panelist marveled. Try it in a salad with orange segments and sugar snap peas. ($2.99 for 16 oz.)

green beans

Make your own Green Beans with Peanut-Ginger Dressing dressing

Best Berry

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Wild Thymes Raspberry Salad Refresher

"I could drink this straight!" one taster raved. "It tastes like fresh raspberry-orange juice!" And no wonder: Raspberry puree is the first ingredient listed for this bright, tangy dressing. Drizzle over field greens topped with grilled chicken and red onion. ($6.99 for 11 oz.)

Make your own Cherry Salad Dressing

Best Balsamic

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Lucini Italia Fig & Walnut Savory Balsamic Artisan Vinaigrette

This star will bowl you over with its fruity vinegar base, revved up by earthysweet figs, pungent garlic and roasted walnut oil. It has no problem standing up to strong flavors: "I'm seeing it with a steak-and-blue cheese salad," one blissed-out taster said. ($4.99 for 8.5 oz.)

olive oil

Make your own Mustard Vinaigrette

Best Citrus

salad dressing

Best Citrus

This full-bodied champ gets subtle zing from lemon juice and a touch of mustard, plus flecks of shallot and parsley. Honey and white balsamic vinegar pull all the flavors together. Perfect over mild salads, like bibb lettuce and crisp apple slices. ($5.99 for 16 oz.)


Make your own Greek-Style Tuna Salad with Citrus Dressing

Best Classic Italian

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Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian

Distinct bits of garlic and cracked pepper, plus shreds of romano cheese, make this rustic winner taste homemade. "I'll never buy ordinary, globby yellow italian dressing again!" one panelist resolved. ($3.79 for 16 oz.)

quick caesar dressing

Make your own Quick Caesar Dressing