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Why you have to get salad dressing on the side

I just went out for my typical salad lunch and for some reason, I asked how many ounces were in the "on the side" container. He said, "4 ounces". I was shocked. There is 90 calories and 9 fat grams per ounce and I had no idea that my "little" container had 4 ounces. On their website, you can actually order "2" on the side dressings. If you order the dressing on the salad, they put 1 large ladel, which I'm sure is at least 1 and a 1/2 of those containers. Not counting whatever you put in your salad, if you get the dressing on your salad, you're already started at 600 calories! If you're in weight watchers land, that's 12 points JUST FOR THE DRESSING. Wow. What an eye opener.

Thu. Oct 11, 12:12pm

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Thanks for that IMPORTANT bit of information...I must remember that when eating out at restaurants. Mind-boggling to say the least.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:18 PM

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Wow I had no idea. But I've been getting dressing on the side all along because I can't stand the sloppy soggy mess you get when they put it on the salad for you. What I do is get some salad on my fork, then dip it into the dressing cup bite by bite. Some things I like without dressing, like onion. But I'm still glad you told us this because now I know to not use as much of the dressing I get on the side.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:26 PM

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Actually, I have been eating dressing on the side for over a year now...and I have actually started enoying salads without using hardly any dressing at all.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 12:30 PM

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Most dressing containers are 2oz / 4Tbsp. I'm thinking the salad you got was an entree rather than appetizer or side. Not that that justifies 360 calories of dressing, but it does explain the large container.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 1:44 PM

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When my hubby and I plan a night out to eat, I bring my own salad dressing in a small container. It's Kraft Light Ranch with 70 Calories for 2 tbsp. I know exactly how many calories I'm eating and 2 tbsp is plenty for a side salad. Just a thought if you can plan ahead.

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 5:34 PM

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Dip your FORK in the dressing...

...then stick the fork in the salad. You get the same taste as you would if you dipped the salad directly in, but with about 1/10th the amount of dressing. This is a very easy trick that really works!

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 6:34 PM

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