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favorite bottled salad dressings?!?

kseiverd Mar 10, 2013 03:24 PM

When market has bottled dressings on sale, I'll stock up. Vinegar based dressings seem to last indefinitely on pantry shelf. Creamy ones (ranch, ceasar) go a little stale even when not opened.

Bought a few "new" Kraft varieties in small bottles... $1 aisle. REALLY liked this mango chipotle, but NEVER see it in LARGE bottles. Yesterday bought 4 small $1 bottles, cuz they were there.

  1. Bacardi1 Mar 10, 2013 04:06 PM

    I ALWAYS have a jar of "Marie's" Blue Cheese Dressing - regular or "extra" in the fridge; also enjoy Marie's Thousand Island, which is a "must have" for my post-St. Pat's Day Reuben sandwiches. Actually, I pretty much enjoy all of Marie's refrigerated dressings.

    I rarely if ever buy the shelf bottled dressings, although some of "Ken's" dressings are quite good, & my husband is a whore for some of "Newman's Own" bottles.

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      BeefeaterRocks Mar 11, 2013 02:33 PM

      You should try a Reuben with Blue cheese, you may never go back to Thousand Island. I don't usually buy bottled dressings, but I do like Marie's Creamy Italian Garlic and there is a Pacific Northwest company called Riverhouse that makes a Honey Dijon & a Greek Feta that I like.

      1. re: Bacardi1
        KaimukiMan Apr 30, 2013 01:24 PM

        I'd never noticed Ken's till two weeks ago when they were on sale and I needed dressing for a pasta salad. Used the Balsamic and Italian to marinade the vegetables in overnight (brunch pot luck, precut and precooked everything then tossed it all together just before leaving.) Turned out really well.

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          Will Owen Sep 18, 2013 05:15 PM

          Ken's has been out go-to supermarket brand for a long time. We also have a soft spot for Kraft Roka Blue - not the best at all, but somehow perfect when we want that iceberg wedge!

          We have bought and enjoyed a lot of Trader Joe's bottled ones, too; right now we have the Thai Peanut and the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette. Love the former, find the latter just too sweet, but Mrs. O likes it fine.

      2. Perilagu Khan Mar 10, 2013 04:17 PM

        Hidden Valley Ranch

        Newman's Own Italian

        Annie's Naturals Shiitake and Sesame

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          jlhinwa Mar 10, 2013 05:13 PM

          I really like Bernstein's Cheese Fantastico. I always have it on hand..it is also good for adding a little zip to veggies beyond salads.

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            tastesgoodwhatisit Mar 10, 2013 07:17 PM

            I usually make my own dressings at home, but my favourite bought flavour is Japanese roasted sesame dressing. It's good on both salads and cooked vegetables (like steamed green beans, for example).

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              foodieX2 Mar 10, 2013 07:25 PM

              My favorite salad dressing comes from Whole Foods-Tangerine Vinaigrette. I love it, its tangy and just a tiny bit sweet.


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                cavandre Mar 11, 2013 06:55 AM

                We always have bottles of Ken's Lite Northern Italian & Lite Sundried Tomato in the fridge; both double as a quick marinade.

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                  Puffin3 Mar 11, 2013 07:37 AM

                  This one is my 'go-to' when I don't have any of my own on hand.

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                    Georgia Strait Mar 11, 2013 01:53 PM

                    totally agree with Puffin3 re: Heinz "salad cream" - i suppose they make it in North America - i grew up w/ the UK version - in fact, i was in a UK import shop the other day here in the Pac NW and they had a "lite" version of same - so i had to buy it! (have not tried it yet)

                    and then branching out a bit here - for mayo, i always buy Hellmans / Best Foods.

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                      eepi Mar 11, 2013 09:20 PM

                      I love this photo with your Sage & others in the background!

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                      valerie Mar 11, 2013 10:34 AM

                      Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing is my favorite.

                      Or Ken's Light Caesar.

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                        pine time Mar 11, 2013 02:28 PM

                        Agree on the Sesame Ginger dressing (and I usually don't like bottled dressings). It works well, too, as a marinade for chicken.

                        Also liked the Bolthouse Chunky Blue Cheese with Yogurt dressing, with an extra handful of blue cheese for good measure.

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                          valerie Mar 11, 2013 08:17 PM

                          Hmm. Never tried it as a marinade. Thanks for the idea!

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                            pine time Mar 12, 2013 01:00 PM

                            I chop in a little fresh ginger for some extra zing.

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                          juster Mar 12, 2013 03:57 PM

                          Ken's Light Caesar is good poured over chicken pieces and baked.

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                            TroyTempest Nov 26, 2013 09:53 AM

                            Speaking of Sesame, we dig the SASS sesame garlic. It's in the refrigerated case, and not available in all states.


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                              alkapal Nov 26, 2013 09:50 PM

                              i see that i can get it in virginia at a fresh market not terribly far away. looking at the link, SASS seems to have very tempting combinations in their dressings.

                              i'm always a sucker for good sesame dressings! the trader joe's sesame ginger vinaigrette isn't bad. i've used it in stir fry and on noodles, as well as on salad.

                          2. TrishUntrapped Mar 11, 2013 10:35 AM

                            Ken's Steak House Italian. Makes a great marinade for chicken too.

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                              INDIANRIVERFL Mar 11, 2013 10:41 AM

                              Ken's was the original manufacturer for Newman's Own.

                              Newman's is the only brand I pay retail for. After that, it is whoever has a 2 for 1 sale. No longer make my own due to convenience. Plus it is not easy consistently exceeding Newman's.

                              Leaf salad is 3 to 5 times a week for me.

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                                TrishUntrapped Mar 11, 2013 10:57 AM

                                I thought Paul Newman originally made his own.

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                                  INDIANRIVERFL Mar 11, 2013 11:20 AM

                                  According to the book Paul Newman wrote, Ken's was the only manufacturer that would make it according to his specifications, i.e. everything fresh.

                                  That was many years ago.

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                                    TrishUntrapped Mar 11, 2013 11:45 AM

                                    Interesting. Newman's Own is quite good.

                              2. Dagney Mar 11, 2013 11:22 AM

                                Annie's Goddess dressing.

                                Cardini's for Caesar salad.

                                1. grampart Mar 11, 2013 11:32 AM

                                  I use Hidden Valley Ranch and, occasionally, Marzetti's slaw dressing. Lately, I've been making my own, including a Marzetti clone that works real good. Many times it's just ketchup, mayo, MW, a splash of Worcestershire and s&p.

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                                    HoosierFoodie Mar 11, 2013 11:41 AM

                                    Marzetti's and Bolthouse Farms

                                    1. Perilagu Khan Mar 11, 2013 11:44 AM

                                      La Martinique Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette--hard to find, but well worth the effort.

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                                        jujuthomas Mar 11, 2013 11:55 AM

                                        for me - Kens lite honey mustard
                                        for DH - Newman's own lite baslamic vinegrette

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                                          laliz Mar 11, 2013 12:20 PM

                                          Bob's Big Boy Blue cheese

                                          refrigerated creamy poppy seed dressing (might be Marie's brand) for broccoli slaw dressing

                                          Hidden Valley Ranch for black bean/corn salad

                                          1. pinehurst Mar 11, 2013 12:44 PM

                                            Ken's Northern Italian Lite Dressing...and usually "Lite" equals an uptick in sugars, but not so with this. I could drink this with a straw....almost.

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                                            1. re: pinehurst
                                              Perilagu Khan Mar 11, 2013 02:07 PM

                                              A cousin of mine would drink giblet gravy out of a bowl. I called him the Missing Link. (He had a full beard at the age of eight.)

                                            2. monavano Mar 11, 2013 12:57 PM

                                              Bolthouse is an awesome yogurt dressing. Amazing taste and creaminess with a decent calorie count.
                                              I have a thing for Good Seasons packets too. I make it with far less oil, more water, feta and sun dried tomatoes.
                                              Ken's is also a favorite-- the light varieties.

                                              I'm glad to see other food lovers and cooks embracing the bottled dressing!

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                                                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 11, 2013 01:48 PM

                                                I'm a sucker for Ken's Creamy Balsamic, which recently changed its name to something else.

                                                You hardly see the chain Mexican restaurant On the Border anymore, but I always wished they sold their smoked jalapeno vinaigrette dressing in bottles. That stuff was incredible, and I would have put it on ANYTHING.

                                                On that note, Outback Steakhouse has the best honey mustard dressing I've ever had, and I've never found a bottled equivalent. Ken's is okay, but not nearly as good.

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                                                  TXMandy Mar 11, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                  Voodoo Lou,

                                                  This is a super easy honey mustard you can make in no time, usually with ingredients on hand. Just make sure and let it sit in the refrigerator to let the ingredients meld. I think it's very much up there with Outback/Chili's honey mustard. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/honey-mu...

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                                                    Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 11, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                    It's so simple it just... might... work. Thank you very much!

                                                    By "prepared mustard," I assume they mean like Coleman's, made from the powder? If so, I might just buy some Coleman's and try this.

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                                                      TXMandy Mar 11, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                      Actually, I use jarred/bottled Grey Poupon and it always comes out wonderful. Hope it hits your taste buds :-)

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                                                      suzigirl Mar 12, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                      That is a good copycat for Chili's hm dressing

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                                                    John Francis Mar 11, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                    Newman's Own balsamic vinaigrette.

                                                    1. LaLa Mar 11, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                      LaLa May 24, 2012 08:29 PM
                                                      Hedericksons is my fave. I prefer the Sweet Vinegar & Olive Oil Dressing

                                                      Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Dressing
                                                      Classic Italian Dressing
                                                      Vivienne's Romano Cheese Dressing (plus recipes)


                                                      1. DuchessNukem Mar 11, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                        Brianna's French Vinaigrette (from Texas, y'all!). Smooth and gently rich flavor lets your veggies shine. It's a great vinaigrette for greens, nice in cold veggie salads and cold veggie/pasta blends, marinade for roasted veggies and grilled chicken, and key to my black-eyed pea dip/Texas caviar.

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                                                          mcf Mar 12, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                          Brianna's French vinaigrette is the only bottled dressing I always have... other wise it's home made. I also buy an incredibly good blue cheese dressing from the natural grocery, Something's Kitchen, I think, in a little glass old fashioned milk bottle. Beats Marie's and Marzetti's by a mile, and both brands are in glass, not plastic.

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                                                          eepi Mar 11, 2013 09:18 PM

                                                          Olde Cape Cod Balsamic Vinaigrette (marinate mushrooms, zucchini - not necessarily together - in this, and grill)
                                                          Delmonico's Restaurant Balsamic Vinaigrette
                                                          (and yes, I do make my own vinaigrettes! These are just good.)

                                                          Brianna's Poppyseed (ingredient in my slaw dressing)
                                                          Original Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch (although I make it from the powder packet now & will probably move toward an all-herbal, no preservative 'copycat' - I still like the bottled stuff)

                                                          1. WhatsEatingYou Mar 12, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                            Bolthouse Farms, especially the ranch, ceaser, and blue cheese...all are really creamy and fairly low cal and natural.

                                                            Brianna's, favorites are the Poppyseed and the Chipotle Cheddar

                                                            Makato Ginger Dressing, best for Asian flavor

                                                            Love Miso salad dressing but have yet to find one as good as was served in a Japnanese restaurant I used to live near.

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                                                              MysticYoYo Mar 17, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                              Before Makoto's dressing was available in supermarkets I used to drive down to their restaurant in Melbourne, FL and buy a case at a time of their ginger dressing. It's good stuff.

                                                            2. Bacchus101 Mar 12, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                              Ken's Caesar Lite.

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                                                                suzigirl Mar 12, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                In general I don't care for caesar dressing but this is just a great blend. Also their blue cheese. I have those in my fridge right now.

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                                                                  smaki Apr 16, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                  + 1, Ken's Caesar Lite
                                                                  Ken's Steak House Lite Asian Sesame With Ginger & Soy

                                                                  Usually make home made. And bottled is good for unique inspiration.

                                                              2. Eric in NJ Mar 12, 2013 01:29 PM

                                                                Marie's Chipolti Ranch has been a favorite for a bit. But the make yourself Good Season's Italian has always been my go to.

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                                                                  grumpyspatient Mar 12, 2013 05:39 PM

                                                                  I love the Newmans dressing Mcdonald's serves with their southwest salad, not available retail (yet) tho

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                                                                    Kate is always hungry Sep 24, 2013 08:54 PM

                                                                    McD's used to serve Newman's Cobb salad dressing and then discontinued it. I never saw it sold at retail. It was creamy and slightly sweet.

                                                                  2. Fowler Apr 13, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                    98% of the time I make my own salad dressing, but I also keep bottles of these two on hand for time critical situations...

                                                                    Brianna's Asiago Cheese Caesar

                                                                    Marzetti's Bacon and Herb

                                                                    1. yakittyyak Apr 16, 2013 09:40 AM

                                                                      Hidden Valley Ranch (By far!!)
                                                                      Kraft Raspberry Vinegrette

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                                                                        pine time Apr 21, 2013 07:59 AM

                                                                        The Raspberry is so good on a spinach/strawberry salad with some pine nuts and a few shavings of Parmesan.

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                                                                          Jerseygirl111 Nov 26, 2013 10:22 PM

                                                                          Pour the raspberry vinaigrette over some goat cheese. I eat it in a bowl just like that. So good.

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                                                                          swamp Apr 16, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                          I love the La Martinique Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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                                                                            jbsiegel Apr 17, 2013 04:41 AM

                                                                            Ken's Zesty Italian - my go to marinade as well.

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                                                                              Beach Chick Apr 17, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                                              Ken's rocks it and they usually have a $1 coupon, on sale could be free..
                                                                              Brianna's poppy seed is fantastic.
                                                                              Bob's Big Boy for their blue is delicious...big glass jar at Costco.

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                                                                                smaki Apr 17, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                I often find Ken's on-sale locally for $1 to $1.25 a 16oz bottle. Albertsons had Ken's salad dressings 4 for $5 last week...

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                                                                                  Beach Chick May 1, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                  Love when they go on sale like that for a buck and change..
                                                                                  I get all my coupons for Ken's out and spend about a $1 for 4 large Ken's Dressing..chunky blue, poppy seed, Greek, Italian.

                                                                                  She shoots, she scores!

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                                                                                    alkapal May 2, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                    just saw harris teeter is selling ken's buy two get three free. so, that i guess is around a buck a bottle, no? maybe even less.

                                                                                2. greygarious Apr 17, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                  My local supermarkets all carry house-labeled 16oz bottles of dressing that are often on sale at $1.50. The taste is the same, so they must all be made by the same place, just with different labels. I make some dressings but for Ranch, I get their generic Lite Ranch. I sometimes get the Lite Vidalia Onion too.

                                                                                  1. Candy Apr 21, 2013 12:53 PM

                                                                                    Marie's Bleu Cheese

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                                                                                      chloebell Apr 21, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                      Grab a bottle of Brianna's Honey Mustard - drizzle some over avocado, sliced tomatoes, Maldon salt & fresh cracked pepper. Awesome!

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                                                                                      ferventfoodie Apr 21, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                                                      My current fav is Gazebo Room Lite Greek. I imagine it's
                                                                                      only available regionally - made in PA, I buy it in MD but
                                                                                      haven't seen it in NJ. It is low in calories and salt compared
                                                                                      to most natural brands, has no sugar and does not require
                                                                                      refrigeration. Fairly short ingredient list and the most
                                                                                      "chemical" is MSG. Also makes a great marinade, esp. for

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                                                                                        hyacinthgirl May 6, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                        That's the only bottled dressing I buy, I think it's great. I did see it in LA once or twice, so they may have expanded their reach.

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                                                                                          monavano Jun 4, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                          I'm very interested in this! I used to marinate chicken in Spiedie Sauce. I thought it was just the name of the sauce, but later realized that there is a food called a "spiedie".
                                                                                          I also love a good Greek salad, so this dressing sounds appealing.
                                                                                          I looked online and they sell it for about $4 a bottle, for six.

                                                                                        2. Poochinator Apr 21, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                                          Ken's Thousand Island. Reminds me of the good stuff from my chldhood. Kind of wipes out memories of bell peppers....but that is another thread.

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                                                                                            Jelly71 Apr 23, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                            Bob's Big Boy 1000 Island and Ranch.

                                                                                            i don't use them for salads, but for dipping my tater tots. the 1000 Island is so thick and has a great flavor.

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                                                                                              truman Apr 30, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                              Another vote for Ken's light Caesar. I also like Newman's light red wine vinaigrette, and I used to like the light Italian but recently it has started solidifying in my fridge (olive oil doesn't do so well at 32-40F...).

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                                                                                                monavano Jun 4, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                I always have a bottle of Ken's Lite Caesar in the fridge.

                                                                                              2. alkapal Apr 30, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                i'm not usually a big fan of ken's, but i am really liking the ken's russian dressing! it was great great ona reuben and also to dress beans in a salad (green and wax beans that never made it to their destination of a three bean salad).

                                                                                                the new marzetti all naturals are pretty good. i like the marzetti slaw dressing for a rewally quick fix cole slaw (using the pres-shredded cabbage).

                                                                                                i like marie's buttermilk ranch and parmesan peppercorn (marie's or marzetti? i conflate the flavors).

                                                                                                i like the newman's own dressings…..but they discontinued my thousand island. i just picked up a couple of new to me flavors today -- balsamic three cheese (and another i cannot recall). the creamy caesar is a nice veggie dip.

                                                                                                just found a new dressing (to me) that i liked: trader joe's champagne vinaigrette.

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                                                                                                  sisterfunkhaus May 5, 2013 05:22 PM

                                                                                                  Del Monaco's Balsamic vinegar is the best vinaigrette to me. Marzetti's Simply dressed line is really good. Marie's makes the best creamy Italian in the universe

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                                                                                                    alkapal May 5, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                    i'll have to try that marie's creamy italian. i agree on the marzetti's simply dressed. i got several on sale, but i think their regular price is high for the amount.

                                                                                                  2. Rilke May 5, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                    Bolthouse Farms Thousand Island
                                                                                                    Bolthouse Farms Ranch
                                                                                                    Trader Joe's Goddess

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                                                                                                      monavano Jun 4, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                      I'm not a big fan of the Ranch either. Never got sick, but to me, it needs more "oomph".

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                                                                                                        Rilke Jun 4, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                        I do like the TI though, and want to try the honey mustard . . .

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                                                                                                          Rilke Jun 4, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                          My post was removed, but I mentioned that I was taking back my vote for the Ranch. The last two times I've had it (from two different bottles) the taste has been sour and off.

                                                                                                      2. fldhkybnva May 5, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                        I don't buy much salad dressing and try to make it at home which provides for more variety as I can make single serving batches, however I love love the Whole Foods garlicky tahini dressing which they use on Kale. For the past month or so, I've been making it at home based on online recipes, but just recently noticed that they sell it bottled in the produce section. It's delicious and is much easier pre-bottled then made at home, for me at least.

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                                                                                                          jettthecat Jun 4, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                          Farmer Boy's Greek dressing is great as a dressing and a marinade for grilled chicken. Not sure it's carried outside of Florida - link is below:


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                                                                                                            suzigirl Jun 4, 2013 10:22 AM

                                                                                                            That dressing is very good and VERY low in sodium.

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                                                                                                              monavano Jun 4, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                              How is the "Lite" version??

                                                                                                            2. monavano Jun 4, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                                              (don't think I mentioned this before)
                                                                                                              One of my absolute favorites is not exactly from a bottle, but it's Good Season's mix. I make it in my Vitamix with far less oil, some water to get the consistency I want (emulsifies beautifully and stays together), feta and sun dried tomatoes.
                                                                                                              It's so good! It clings to lettuce so I love it for wedge salads.

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                                                                                                                Calamorph Sep 15, 2013 03:12 AM

                                                                                                                It's only available in Austin, Texas, but my all time favorite is Julia's Caesar Salad Dressing: No preservatives, no canola oil, 100% olive oil Doesn't have any gluten either, but that's not an issue for me. Has to be refrigerated in the store because it has no preservatives.

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                                                                                                                  Worldwide Diner Sep 15, 2013 05:03 AM

                                                                                                                  Girard's champagne dressing is our favorite.

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                                                                                                                    brandygirl Sep 23, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                    Girard's is great. I love their Champagne dressing on spinach salads.

                                                                                                                  2. alkapal Sep 16, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                    i am loving ken's russian dressing for making my reubens!

                                                                                                                    1. boyzoma Sep 16, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                      Kraft Bacon Ranch
                                                                                                                      Safeway Asian Sesame

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                                                                                                                        alkapal Sep 17, 2013 02:59 AM

                                                                                                                        the safeway asian sesame -- how is ginger level?

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                                                                                                                          boyzoma Sep 17, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                          Not bad. I definitely taste the toasted sesame more than ginger.

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                                                                                                                            alkapal Sep 18, 2013 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                            i've been looking for a good balanced dressing with those flavors (i love toasted sesame). (do NOT get the panera bottled dressing that is supposedly based on what they use on their great in-store thai salad. it has a horrid artificial flavor from what i am guessing is artificial sweetener. YUCK).

                                                                                                                            for a good recommendation: there is a pre-packaged "asian salad kit" with a delicious dressing (and, packaged individually therein, chow mein noodles and sliced almonds) for a cole slaw type of grated cabbage and carrots (and more). it is made by "eat smart" -- it is nice to take to keep in your office fridge for a great easy lunch salad. it is ostensibly for two or three, but i can chow the whole thing. ha! http://www.eat-smart.net/products/pro...

                                                                                                                            i love the crunch, but if it were warmed through it would be excellent with rice noodles.

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                                                                                                                              boyzoma Sep 18, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                              I do an asian type of salad I love to make. I use cole slaw mix (red and green cabbage with carrots) - I use Fresh Express, cooked and rinsed cold spaghetti, green onions, julienned peppers (all colors), sliced water chestnuts, sliced chicken and top with the dressing and crispy chow mein noodles. It's a very refreshing salad. And it hangs out well in the fridge for several days for other meals.

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                                                                                                                                alkapal Sep 18, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                that sounds very good. i love those kinds of salads. have you ever tried the perdue pre-roasted and sliced chicken breasts "shortcuts"? http://www.perdue.com/products/detail... on sale, i get the package for $3.50, and that is enough for three generous salads or sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                i know some people are loathe to use commercial brined pre-cooked chicken, but i find that sometimes the shortcuts fit the bill perfectly when i don't have time to cook (or don't feel like a big production of roasting a chicken then shredding it).

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                                                                                                                                  boyzoma Sep 19, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  Wow, I've never seen those before. I'll have to look next time I'm at the market. It would be a great shortcut. Thanks for the tip. Are they just refrigerated or are they in the frozen foods section?

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                                                                                                                                    alkapal Sep 20, 2013 02:27 AM

                                                                                                                                    fridge case, usually near bbq in the pkgs (lloyd's, etc.) and the ready-to-warm potato dishes. often right near the fresh chicken, maybe in next case over.

                                                                                                                                    i like the grilled and southwestern varieties, especially. they all have been moist, tender and have good chicken flavor. the s.w. version makes a quick soft taco-- or with cannellini, cumin and bell pepper melange, a quick white chicken chili.

                                                                                                                                    i have been known to dump a package of the grilled version into a skillet with sharwood's korma sauce! don't knock it, folks; that sharwood's rocks! http://www.sharwoods.com/indian/recipes/chicken-korma.cfm
                                                                                                                                    also delicious: their thai green and red curry sauces. top quality! http://www.sharwoods.com/thai/product...

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                                                                                                                                      alkapal Sep 20, 2013 02:28 AM

                                                                                                                                      fridge case, usually near bbq in the pkgs (lloyd's, etc.) and the ready-to-warm potato dishes. often right near the fresh chicken, like in next case over.

                                                                                                                                      i like the grilled and southwestern varieties.

                                                                                                                                      i have been known to dump a package of the grilled version into a skillet with sharwood's korma sauce! don't knock it, folks; that sharwood's rocks! http://www.sharwoods.com/indian/recipes/chicken-korma.cfm
                                                                                                                                      aloso delicious: their thai green and red curry sauces. top quality! http://www.sharwoods.com/thai/product...

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                                                                                                                          nojunk Sep 16, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                          I've had a bottle of Wishbone Italian in my or my parents' fridge for over 50 years - ok, not the same bottle, haha. more recently discovered Ken's Honey Balsamic, and since then have been too lazy to make my own. usually also a jar of Ranch from the refrigerated section. otherwise I make my own, but reality often steps in & I'm just too lazy and reach for the bottles.

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                                                                                                                            Kate is always hungry Sep 24, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                                                                                            My earliest memory of bottled salad dressing is Wishbone Italian. Probably circa 1957 :)

                                                                                                                          2. jmckee Sep 17, 2013 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                            There's a tomato / Vidalia onion dressing available at a local farm market. Actually, it's available in lots of them, across our travels -- here in Ohio, Kentucky, NC..... I like it a lot.

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                                                                                                                              BuildingMyBento Sep 19, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                              Outside of EVOO and vinegar, Japanese roasted sesame, ginger and red shiso are my three favorites. I've definitely seen the first two in bottles, both in Japan and in other countries (Kewpie definitely produces a sesame version), but red shiso is less common.


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                                                                                                                                Sharuf Sep 20, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                Trader joe's Goddess dressing. Really nice with artichokes and with avocadoes.

                                                                                                                                1. Bill Hunt Sep 24, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                                  Marie's Bleu Cheese. Hands down.


                                                                                                                                  1. Kate is always hungry Sep 24, 2013 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                                    Wishbone Creamy French but not Kraft Creamy French--probably my favorite would be Bob's Roquefort in the refrigerator case if I could afford it! :)

                                                                                                                                    1. monavano Nov 26, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                      Has anyone brought up the Opa brand yet?
                                                                                                                                      I've just tried them and I really like the creamy Caesar. I believe it's by the same people as LightHouse brand.

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                                                                                                                                        jeanmarieok Nov 26, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                        I've been using the OPA one with Feta and Dill for veggies and I love it!

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                                                                                                                                          alkapal Nov 26, 2013 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                          oh, THAT sounds good! i will have to look out for that brand. i've never seen it. is it refrigerated or on the regular shelves?

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                                                                                                                                            monavano Nov 27, 2013 10:40 AM


                                                                                                                                      2. Ttrockwood Nov 26, 2013 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                        I make my own- i eat a LOT of salad, but i can't make a version of Brianna's poppyseed, and in the summer i'll buy marie's refridgerated coleslaw. Sometimes annie's green goddess, but i'll only buy it on sale

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                                                                                                                                          jeanmarieok Nov 26, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          Kraft Catalina with Bacon (throwback to childhood) and Kraft Zesty Italian (I use it for marinading) are the two I always stock up on.

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                                                                                                                                            SarachkaInBrooklyn Nov 26, 2013 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                            There is a Japanese salad dressing brand called Pietro, and their shoyu (soy sauce) based dressing is my absolutely favorite salad dressing, ever. It's a vinaigrette, but wonderfully salty, tangy, sweet, and sour. I don't even know how to describe it.


                                                                                                                                            I'm all out of it now, so I can't say what's in it exactly. I think there are a few ingredients that I don't love having in my packaged food (soybean oil?), but they're not the worst ever, and I don't even know how I would be able to recreate the sauce so I just ignore it.

                                                                                                                                            I grew up eating it in Japan, and I've only ever seen it sold in Japanese markets in the States. The bottles have become incredibly expensive the past few years, though, like $7 or $8 for a small bottle.

                                                                                                                                            Now when I go visit family in Japan, we go to Costco and get their gigantic bottles of the dressing. I bring back four or five and it lasts me for a while.

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                                                                                                                                              mamueller Nov 27, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                              I can't help it - grew up with Wishbone Italian, and to this day it is the only one I really like. If having guests, will always make my own - but just for me, hand over that bottle. I do pour the oil off the top to create my own diet dressing without that gross diet dressing taste.

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