Keto salad dressing is confusing. Since the keto diet is specifically a high-fat diet, a lot of salad dressing already is keto friendly, as long as it isn’t secretly packed with sugar. Hidden Valley Ranch? Keto friendly salad dressing! Since I couldn’t plausibly taste every high-fat, low-sugar salad dressing in existence, for this taste test I focused exclusively on dressings that specifically advertise being low sugar and low carb.
Before we continue, let me stress: If you have a favorite salad dressing and it isn’t something psychotically sweet like catalina or honey mustard, g’head and do a google and find out if it’s keto friendly. If it is keto friendly and you’re on the keto diet, congratulations. You already know the best salad dressing for keto eating. Most keto salad dressing is not. very. good. I do think I found the best keto salad dressing, though. Grab your salad fixins—don’t forget the bacon bits—and read on for the best keto salad dressings.
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- SkinnyGirl Raspberry Vinaigrette
Real Housewife Bethany Frankel has turned diet culture into a ding-dang grocery empire. SkinnyGirl debuted in 2011 with a low-cal, ready-to-drink Margarita and now markets everything from Pinot Grigio to popcorn. This raspberry vinaigrette is a bit of an outlier in the keto salad dressing world by virtue of being both sugar free and fat free. If you want a salad dressing that packs some cals, this isn’t your jam, but if you want something sweet and low carb, it’s a good option. It has a rich, strong red wine vinegar flavor and a hint of berry fruitiness. It’s light and refreshing, which makes it the best keto dressing for a salad you’re going to pile with a bunch of fatty stuff like cheese and bacon.
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- Chosen Foods Ranch
If you’re choosing a keto salad dressing, Chosen Foods is a good choice (sorry, couldn’t help muhself). It’s made with avocado oil, so it’s rich, satisfying, and fatty—good fatty. (There’s evidence that monounsaturated fats can actually help lower cholesterol, unlike saturated fats.) If you love a really herb-rich ranch, this is the best keto salad dressing for you. It’s very dilly, and that’s a big plus in my book. TBH, I don’t love Hidden Valley Ranch (don’t kill me, Jordan!), so I’d probably gravitate toward this ranch, diet or no.
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- Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic
If you’re a person who always doubles the number of garlic cloves a recipe calls for and who doesn’t mind walking around with absolutely kickin’ breath, this is the best keto salad dressing. It’s tangy and citrussy, but has a powerful, savory garlic flavor. I love it. I gave my colleague Jordan a whiff, and they said it smells like garlic knots, and, frankly, more things should smell like garlic knots. This would be so good on a salad topped with some crispy fried chicken tenders.
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Best of the Best
Other products we tried: Primal Kitchen Ranch, Primal Kitchen Caesar, Skinny Girl Balsamic Vinaigrette