The Best Low-Calorie Ways to Dress Up Your Veggies! Print

Posted on October 16th, 2013
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Just because you’re trying to increase your veggies, doesn’t mean they have to be bland or topped with artificially flavored dressings! You don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. There are a lot of options out there that can support your efforts to enjoy veggies in a lower fat or lower calorie way.

Ideally, you’ll want to aim for a maximum of 45 calories for 2 tablespoons of dressing since most regular dressings can easily increase your daily calorie intake. There are plenty of options with wonderful natural ingredients available, don’t settle for preservatives and artificial ingredients no matter what the calories are!

Individual Flavorings

  • Balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinaigrette is made using vinegar as well as oil. However, balsamic vinegar by itself has only 14 calories per tablespoon and its flavor goes a long way on a salad or over veggies.
  • Lemon Juice
    Used alone or combined with any of these other ingredients, it can add a flavor punch over salad or steamed, grilled or roasted veggies.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Good extra virgin olive oil is best used as a dressing since heating it too much can change its flavor. At 120 calories a tablespoon however, you may not want to pour it on your veggies without care. Try spritzing it or using a Misto sprayer to give you better portion control.
  • Salsa
    Naturally made salsa can be super flavorful using only a few ingredients and makes a great topping not only for salads but over potatoes or black beans as well.


  • Galeos
    Their tag line is “The world’s best dressings!” and I have to wholeheartedly agree. All of their dressings are fantasic. My favorite is the Miso Sesame, but all 4 of their flavors are yummy!
  • Trader Joe’s
    If you live near a Trader Joe’s, you know what a blessing this place is for healthy, cost-effective foods. They have a few great options for salad dressings:

  • Follow Your Heart
    They have 2 really great ranch dressing which can usually be found in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store’s produce section.

  • Newman’s Own
    Many of Newman’s Own dressings are high in calories and fat, but 2 of his dressings stand out as both tasty and low calorie. Plus, all the profits go to charity!

  • Annie’s Naturals
    Annie’s carries a wide variety of organic and natural sauces and dressings. Here are a few of their lower calorie options.

  • Make Your Own!
    If you never want to buy your dressing again, check out A Veggie Venture for all the information you’ll ever need about making your own! BE CAREFUL with the amount of oils in dressing recipes if you’re trying to lose weight, remember that all oils are around 120 calories per tablespoon.

What’s your favorite way to dress up your veggies?

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