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Favorite TJs salad dressing

fldhkybnva Sep 17, 2013 10:10 AM

I rediscovered Trader Joe's last week and plan to visit again this week as my cat is inhaling he canned food and the local zucchini were incredible. While I usually make my own dresaings I've heard whispers about handy pre-made. Any favorites?

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    cheesecake17 RE: fldhkybnva Sep 17, 2013 10:40 AM

    I can tell you one that was AWFUL- the refrigerated "hummus dressing"

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      amishangst RE: cheesecake17 Sep 21, 2013 07:08 PM

      I concur that the hummus one was awful (I made the mistake of putting it directly on my salad instead of on the side...I couldn't even finish it and tossed the mostly full bottle - and I love hummus).

      However, the Cranberry/Walnut/Gorgonzola one in the refrigerated section is hands down my favorite salad dressing from anywhere, not just TJ's. If it was possible, I would probably slap a straw in the bottle and just drink it.

    2. boogiebaby RE: fldhkybnva Sep 17, 2013 03:27 PM

      We love the Tuscan Italian from the pantry section. I always have a bottle on hand. We also like the refrigerated blue cheese dressing for dipping wings. It's nice and chunky.

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        chris1621 RE: fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2013 01:38 PM

        I love the fat free balsamic dressing. Usually on a shelf near the refrigerated section.

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          KellyD123 RE: fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2013 05:28 PM

          I love the peanut vinaigrette in the refrigerated section.

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            Leslie RE: fldhkybnva Sep 19, 2013 05:43 PM

            My cat loves that stinky fishy cat food, too! I like the Goddess dressing, found on the shelf-not refrigerated. It's the only bottled dressing I use, preferring my own.

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              fldhkybnva RE: Leslie Sep 19, 2013 06:13 PM

              I think there is crack in that food :)

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                suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 21, 2013 05:44 PM

                What is the price point on the cat food? If it has crack in it, I need some. My cats can be a smidge picky. :-)

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                  fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Sep 21, 2013 05:55 PM

                  For a 5.5 oz can, the tuna is 49c and I think the turkey, salmon and other varieties are from 69c to 89c all of which are much cheaper than what I pay for 3 oz cans elsewhere. My little Take loves this food so much that this morning I had no other choice but to get up in response to his nonstop beckoning which was quickly hushed when his breakfast dish hit the floor. He's usually a glutton, but will beg mightily for the TJs tuna.

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                    suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 21, 2013 06:14 PM

                    Thanks for the quick response. I will give it a try. The price is great.
                    I can relate to the nonstop beckoning. My male (Romo) has cleverly figured out that if he stands on my bladder in the morning it gets my lazy butt out of bed much faster to get the prince his breakfast. If that doesn't work, endless mewing commences. Love it! (not)

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                      fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Sep 21, 2013 06:23 PM

                      Wow, your cat clearly should be in Mensa.

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                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 21, 2013 07:46 PM


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                          alkapal RE: fldhkybnva Sep 22, 2013 03:32 AM

                          every cat is born with an innate sense of the location of the human bladder.

                          and…for cat food, you get what you pay for.

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                            Leslie RE: alkapal Sep 22, 2013 01:15 PM

                            I was responding to a post about salad dressing that also mentioned theTJ canned cat food. Not sure where that post went to. Look pretty silly now talking about cat food here!

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                              alkapal RE: Leslie Sep 26, 2013 05:27 AM

                              until they get a pet food board, LOL!

                              leslie, we love a little OT talk now and then.

              2. The Oracle RE: fldhkybnva Sep 20, 2013 11:53 AM

                I love the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette (in the refrigerated section - usually up above the bagged salad greens).

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                  fldhkybnva RE: The Oracle Sep 20, 2013 06:57 PM

                  I spotted it today, is it sweet?

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                    Bax RE: fldhkybnva Sep 20, 2013 09:05 PM


                2. alkapal RE: fldhkybnva Sep 21, 2013 05:22 PM

                  i like the champagne vinaigrette. need to try goddess.

                  your cat may do better with wellness cat food, which is about the same price, per how dense it is/how much the cat needs to eat. but wellness is better quality -- no grain in wellness -- or by-products/meal. (same concept for fancy feast -- wellness is superior, and you pay about the same).

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                    fldhkybnva RE: alkapal Sep 21, 2013 05:40 PM

                    Great, thanks. He does he other food but I'll keep my eye out for wellness. It's so hard to find a reasonably priced food without by products or at least rice.

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                      fldhkybnva RE: alkapal Sep 23, 2013 12:08 PM

                      OT but in curious, where do you buy the wellness food? I've looked at 3 stores so far and it's not anywhere near the price range of the TJs food, not saying expense is the driving factor of what to feed my cat just like it isn't for myself but I thought perhaps I'm not looking in the right place.

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                        suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 12:10 PM

                        I have seen it at most of my local pet stores.

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                          alkapal RE: fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 05:26 AM

                          i get mine at petco. ounce for ounce (using a large wellness can), you will find head-to-head that your cat eats less (because the food is more protein-packed) and meal-for-meal, i calculated that i pay about the same. kitty gets nice glossy coat, too.

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                            fldhkybnva RE: alkapal Sep 26, 2013 07:58 AM

                            Oh OK, I understand now. It's more expensive but they eat less. I mean right now this cat seems to eat a lot although the vet seems to think that's OK. He's primarily on wet food with 1/4 cup dry food a day but easily inhales 6 oz of wet a day which for a little 6 lber seems like a lot. I plan to run errands tomorrow and we only have a Petsmart here but perhaps I'll check there.

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                              suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 11:58 AM

                              He's already six lbs? He's gonna be a hulking tomcat.

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                                fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Sep 26, 2013 12:11 PM

                                Yea 4 months and gigantic, the vet keeps saying he's fine though...I think the super long tail was a giveaway to his potential for gargantuan.

                                In a more related topic, I think the champagne and Tuscan Italian are this week's top contenders.

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                                  suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 02:27 PM

                                  Tuscan Italian sounds great. Tart?

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                                    fldhkybnva RE: suzigirl Sep 26, 2013 02:52 PM

                                    I guess I'll soon find out, buying it tomorrow based on recommendations here.

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                                      suzigirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 02:58 PM

                                      Keep me informed. I really love the tartness in a salad dressing.

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                        Erika RollerGirl RE: fldhkybnva Sep 21, 2013 06:09 PM

                        I really like the Goddess dressing (not refrigerated section) for just a solid mixed greens salad as it's very close to a lemon tahini flavor in my opinion. I think it works really well and I don't get bored with it when I eat it often.

                        1. Rilke RE: fldhkybnva Sep 22, 2013 11:04 AM

                          I like the Goddess too. My mom loves the Champagne Pear Vinaigrette, but I'm not big on sweet dressings.

                          The Tuscan Italian mentioned above is fantastic as a chicken marinade.

                          I third the nay on the hummus dressing. Returned.

                          1. RetiredChef RE: fldhkybnva Sep 23, 2013 12:20 PM

                            Champagne Pear Vinaigrette - This is one of the few sweet dressing that I actually like. It's very well balanced and works best with more astringent greens. With that being said I would say that the rest have been very average to very bad, however I do like their unusual vinegars that they bring in from time to time and usually stock up on those.

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                              andieb RE: fldhkybnva Sep 24, 2013 10:11 AM

                              refrigerated cilantro dressing is great, if you like cilantro. and the feta dressing on the shelf is another good one..

                              1. Disneyfreak RE: fldhkybnva Sep 25, 2013 09:40 AM

                                Another vote for the Goddess Dressing. It is a family favorite. Right now there is one in the fridge and one in the pantry as back up.

                                The Greek style Feta Dressing is pretty good -- but not as good as the Goddess.

                                1. AmyH RE: fldhkybnva Sep 26, 2013 09:17 AM

                                  Yet another vote for the Goddess dressing and also the refrigerated cilantro dressing. I also like the spicy Asian peanut dressing with Asian meals if I happen to be having a salad.

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                                    MirandaWright RE: fldhkybnva Sep 28, 2013 04:41 PM

                                    Another vote for the refrigerated cilantro dressing, especially on a taco salad! The refrigerated parmesan ranch is good, though on the runny side. I also enjoyed the feta dressing (non-refrigerated).

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                                      chinchi RE: fldhkybnva Sep 28, 2013 05:30 PM

                                      My favorites are the bottled Goddess and the refrigerated Pear and Gorgonzola. The bottled Light Champagne was in my rotation for awhile. but I switched to the pear (which is also low in calories). I used to like the refrigerated Cilantro Dressing but went off it after my last bottle. Weird aftertaste.

                                      1. fldhkybnva RE: fldhkybnva Oct 14, 2013 01:22 PM

                                        Thanks for the recommendations. So far, I've tried the Goddess dressing and while different than the version I make at home, it's different and nice to have around. It's pretty thick so I think I prefer it as a dip or thinned to use as a dressing.

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