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Good Seasons Salad Dressing-Recipe?

monavano Nov 8, 2010 06:49 AM

I recently bought a box of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing. It had been years, if not decades since I put it on salad. I used to love it, and wondered if, after all these years, I'd still like it.
I did! If you grew up in the '70's, you know what I'm talking about!
Of course, it's packed with sugar and salt (sugar is the first ingredient, OMG!), so I wonder if any CH'ers have made it at home.
I'm looking to REPLICATE it, not for anything else. I'm well-versed at dressings, so I don't need anyone's favorite Italian dressing recipe-I want to make Good Seasonings, but without all the sugar and salt, although, some is fine, of course.
Has anyone tried a recipe that could pass for the real deal?

  1. Antilope Mar 5, 2011 09:20 PM

    Copycat (Good Seasons) Italian Salad Dressing

    "Here's the answer to a cook's prayer. We used
    seasonings similar to those listed on an
    Italian Salad Dressing seasoning packet. But
    we omitted the thickener (it is not practical
    for non-commercial use) and the preservative;
    both are un-necessary in our version. Our
    tasters gave our Copycat Italian Salad Dressing
    a high rating. Hope it suits your family. - C.B." - Associated
    Press Food Editor

    1 tbsp instant minced onion (dehydrated onion flakes)
    1 tbsp instant miced garlic (granulated garlic)
    2 1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp sugar
    1/2 tsp dehydrated sweet (bell) pepper flakes, see note
    1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
    1/4 tsp dry mustard
    1/4 tsp monosodium glutamate, if desired
    1/8 tsp paprika
    1/16 tsp celery seed

    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    2 tbsp water
    2/3 cup salad oil

    In an electric blender, whirl together
    the onion, garlic, salt, sugar, pepper flakes,
    black pepper, mustard, monosodium glutimate,
    paprika and celery seed until in fine particles.

    Into a screwtop jar (large enough to leave
    plenty of room for shaking) pour the vinegar,
    water and seasoning mixture; shake well;
    add oil; shake well.

    Store in the refrigerator; shake thoroughly before

    Makes 1 cup

    Note: The dehydrated sweet pepper flakes called
    for come in jars and cans. These flakes,
    from green bell peppers - perhaps intermingled
    with a few flakes from red bell peppers - are
    most widely available. (such as Penzeys.com)

    However, dehydrated flakes from red bell
    peppers alone are in some markets. Either the
    green or red flakes may be used in the above recipe.

    Source: Cecily Brownstone, A.P. Food Editor;
    The Lewiston, ID - Journal newspaper, Nov 1, 1980

    1. BeefeaterRocks Nov 8, 2010 01:33 PM

      Haven't tried them myself but you might like them give it a try:

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