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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 48 models in salad dressings to see which ones perform best.
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The primary ingredient in salad dressing, a type of sauce used to bind and flavor greens, vegetables, or both, is oil. In the United States, soybean oil is the most common type used to make salad dressings but olive, peanut, and sunflower oils may also be used. Depending on the type of salad dressing, ingredients can include eggs, vinegar, salt, honey, sugar, spices and herbs, tomato, vegetable bits, sherry, and lemon or lime juice. Salad dressings come in low fat and nonfat varieties. If you're looking for information about salad dressings, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ salad dressing reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our salad dressings buying guide to discover which ingredients and characteristics are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and salad dressings reviews to help you choose the best salad dressing for your needs.

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