Adding dressing to a salad can make a big difference to the number of kilojoules you eat. See how much milk chocolate you can enjoy for the same kilojoules as one tablespoon of dressing!
A summer salad might seem like a light and healthy option for dinner or lunch. However, the salad dressing you use may be undermining its goodness by adding a substantial number of kilojoules to your meal. But that can change depending on the type of dressing you add. To help show how high in kilojoules some of the common store bought dressings can be, we’ve compared them to milk chocolate, which contains 110kJ per piece. See if your favourite dressing is adding a whole lot more than flavour to your summer salad.
Heinz Salad Cream 382kJ per tablespoon = 3.5 pieces of chocolate
Praise real whole egg mayonnaise 620kJ per tablespoon = 5.6 pieces of chocolate
Paul Newman’s Own creamy Caesar 455kJ per tablespoon = 4.1 pieces of chocolate
Woolworths Select ranch dressing 510kJ per tablespoon = 4.6 pieces of chocolate
Coles Simply Less coleslaw dressing 122kJ per tablespoon = 1.1 pieces of chocolate
Praise 99% fat-free creamy mayonnaise 100kJ per tablespoon = 0.9 pieces of chocolate
Kraft 99% fat-free Italian dressing 49kJ per tablespoon = 0.4 pieces of chocolate
Cornwell’s balsamic vinegar 14kJ per tablespoon = 0.1 pieces of chocolate
Blessed & Lucky Simply Stunning balsamic drizzle 273kJ per tablespoon = 2.5 pieces of chocolate
Woolworths Select 99% fat-free French dressing 75kJ per tablespoon = 0.7 pieces of chocolate
Instead of buying a salad dressing, why not make your own? See Dress it up! for some great, healthy homemade dressings.