Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - what's your favorite salad dressing? and why? :)

Suzanne 3FC
01-24-2007, 02:24 PM
What brands and varieties of salad dressings do you love? What do you look for in a dressing? Do you stick with common supermarket brands, or do you search out premium specialty foods to dress your salad?

I love, love, love a good salad, and am always looking for something new.

01-24-2007, 02:39 PM
You are gonna get mad at me, but I'll tell you anyway. :lol: Trader Joe's has several really yummy ones - a ranch one and a blue cheese one that are divine. I still like Hidden Valley Ranch a lot. I've also started making my own with olive or canola oils, different vinegars and spices or different mustards. Nice thing about making your own is that you aren't locked into a whole bottle of just one flavor. I want to get some other oils to play with too, like walnut oils.. etc.

I look for low calorie, no/low saturated fat and no transfats and it cannot taste like caca!! :lol:

01-24-2007, 02:44 PM
I prefer my own homemade vinaigrette on salad these days: equal parts balsamic vinegar and lemon juice then about 1/2 a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Tangy and sweet.

If I have to buy one from the supermarket and I try not to because to be honest I would much prefer the full-fat-bad-for-you-chunky-blue-cheese kind :D, I buy Wishbone Light Just 2 Good Thousand Island. It tastes almost as good as the real thing and doesn't have that nasty, acrid aftertaste that some light dressings have. Walmart has it.

01-24-2007, 02:45 PM
Annie's Naturals brand. Lowfat Raspberry and Lowfat Gingerly
These dressings have high quality natural ingredients and are delicious.

01-24-2007, 02:47 PM
yes, the caca taste really turns me off too........

OK, I like/crave something *tangy*......rice vinegar, low sodium soy mixed together with some lemon juice.

Newman's light Sun-dried tomato cut the calories with lemon juice.

I cut plain dried tomatoes into the dressings too.

Powdered Hidden Valley with nonfat sour cream, great with cucumbers, veggies (its more like dip, but you can probably thin it to a dressing too)

I very rarely use oil, just a tsp. of olive here and there.

01-24-2007, 02:57 PM
I really like Kraft's Light Done Right Raspberry Vinaigrette. A little goes a long way and it has a good balance of sweet and tangy.

01-24-2007, 03:16 PM
I'm super picky...I don't like vinegarettes or anything oily or too runny. I also don't really like veggies, so when I make a salad, I know I use more than 1 serving of dressing because that's the flavro I actually like.

Anyway, I've been doing fat-free ranch dressing mixed with barbecue sauce--very yummy, no fat, and not too bad on other "bad stuff" depending on the type of barbecue sauce you use (I check labels for things like "all natural" ingredients, no HFCS, and preferably also no Splenda, as it has been leaving an icky aftertaste for me lately).

I used to ONLY eat thousand island or French dressing, but then I discovered honey mustard dressing, which is pretty much impossible to make both yummy and healthy :devil:

01-24-2007, 04:04 PM
Renee's Pear Guave Dressing is REALLY good! A nice change. I enjoy mostly all of Renee's dressings.

I love fruity dressings and another fave of mine is President's Choice Mango Dressing. It's fabulous! Great on baby greens.

And there are days when all I want on my greens is a bit of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt.

01-24-2007, 04:04 PM
I'm going to try something new. I just ordered some Z Trim and am going to use it in a package of dry Hidden Valley Ranch. I'll let you know what the outcome is.

01-24-2007, 04:33 PM
I really like the fattening ones, blue cheese and ranch but since those are a bit too rich calorically I generally either eat no salad dressing or I eat salsa as my salad dressing.

01-24-2007, 04:37 PM
I use the full fat ones, either a ranch or blue cheese. At home, I usually take a T. of dressing and mix in either a T. of salsa or taco sauce, to stretch the amount of dressing for fewer calories. While dining out, I always order Blue cheese on the side and dip my fork in.

01-24-2007, 04:44 PM
I use either fresh lemon juice or a drop of balsamic vinegar - both virtually no calories.

I also like to add foods to my salad, which gives them plenty of flavor. Like grilled chicken. Or I make a baby spinach/red leaf lettuce salad with sliced strawberries and cubed mango and a few slivered almonds.

01-24-2007, 04:54 PM
Since my salad dressing is counted as part of my fat allowance for the day, I make my own, fresh for each salad. I use 2 tsp. of different kinds of oil, like sesame or walnut, but usually flax oil since I like the nutty flavor and it's monounsaturated and high in omega 3. I whisk that with the juice of 3 wedges of lemon and a good dijon mustard. I don't use any prepared dressings.

01-24-2007, 04:55 PM
I make my own - a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar, a crack or two of peppercorns, and spoonful of whole grain mustard. Classic and somewhat versatile (if I have leftover herbs I can toss some in.)

I generally like mixing my dressing at the bottom of my salad bowl before piling the greens on top, that way I know how much dressing (and calories) I'll be tossing into the salad (I'm a bit too clumsy for the dressing-dipping method.)

01-24-2007, 05:30 PM
I make my own, too, with a little water, a little extra virgin olive oil, miso paste, black pepper, and hot chili powder. It's really good! Without the water, it's also an excellent marinade.

01-24-2007, 05:52 PM favorite is one I make myself:

12-18 Serrano chiles
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch green onions
1/4 cup garlic, minced or crushed
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
3/4 cup Thai fish sauce
1/4 cup Splenda

Whirl the above ingredients in food processor. Makes about 3 cups.

I put it on a salad containing baby greens, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, red onions, cucumbers, hard-boiled eggs, shrimp or rare beef, and garnished with crushed peanuts.

Also makes a good BBQ marinade, or mix with mayo for an interesting twist on tartar sauce or a sandwich spread.

01-27-2007, 07:38 PM
Wishbone has a new spritzer salad dressing, only 10 cals a serving (10 sprays). I've tried it and it's really good. I don't feel like my salad is drowning in dressing.

01-27-2007, 10:43 PM
Annie's Naturals brand. Lowfat Raspberry and Lowfat Gingerly
These dressings have high quality natural ingredients and are delicious.

Did you know that those are the exact same as the Trader Joe's "brand" and cost a lot less at TJ's? I bought the Annie's raspberry dressing and TJ's raspberry dressing--even the bottles are similar in size. The ingredients are exactly the same! I love the raspberry dressing myself!

01-28-2007, 10:51 AM
Salad dressing....well i am up there with everyone else on LOVING HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH..but ugh the calories...

I stick with Lonzerattis Low Fat Sweet Italian Dressing. It is awesome and runs about 2.89 a bottle around here....

01-28-2007, 03:22 PM
I use salsa, tomato puree, lemon juice and sometimes fat free yogurt as my dressing...A lady even told me that she uses thick soups as dressings.

01-28-2007, 04:03 PM
Oh I forgot, I use yogurt as well as a dressing. Yogurt, some spices and some lemon juice makes a pretty good thick dressing that isn't full of fat or fat substitutes.

02-01-2007, 05:26 PM
My favorite is also the light Hidden Valley Ranch. It's very good as a veggie dip too.

Carol Jean

02-01-2007, 06:46 PM
I use the light versions of most dressings. I can't do the fat-free, it just doesn't taste good to me. Besides, they say using a light dressing rather than a fat-free dressing is better because I read a study where people who ate salads with full-fat or light dressings absorbed more of the salad's nutrients than the people who used fat-free. Now, I don't know how scientifically true this is, but I've read about it several times and apparently you need a little bit of fat on your salad to absorb the most nutrients from the vegetables.

Anyway, I like the Light Done Right dressings. My favorite flavor just depends on the salad and what I'm in the mood for. Sometimes I want an Italian taste (I like Light Done Right House Italian or Golden Caesar) and sometimes I want a creamier taste, so I use the Light Done Right ranch and mix it with Honey French. I always mix my dressings, just a little habit of mine. I like the Marzetti's Light Honey French the best.

Another favorite of mine is the Ken's Steakhouse Lite Vidalia Onion. It is sooooo good.

02-01-2007, 07:19 PM
My favorite salad dressing is Fresh Salsa. I usually pick up a container from the Fresh market every week. I also love the high fat bad for you ranch and parmesian peppercorn...but that's the old me. The new me is liking salsa. It really is tasty without fat..and added bonus...more veggies.

02-01-2007, 08:02 PM
Hmmm. I like the Light Done Right Raspberry Vinegarette, and when I feel like an Asian flavor, Lighthouse Sesame Ginger (fat free). Usually though I just use a little olive oil and vinegar. Sometimes I just use seasoned rice vinegar. Love the tangy taste. Oh, and for a Mexican flavor - lf or ff sour cream mixed with salsa.

02-01-2007, 08:38 PM
OK I JUST FOUND HEAVEN, in a bottle today so how funny i found this thread I LOVE BLUE CHESSE and i would buy nothing but.. i didnt mind the vinergrette's but today i found made by maria's it's vinergrette blue chesse and it is soooooooooo good
just my 2 cents

02-02-2007, 12:21 AM
I'm really not for creamy dressings. Although, I do like blue cheese, but only rarely because it's too salty and thick. I'd rather have any kind of vinaigrette, like balsamic or raspberry.

02-03-2007, 01:00 AM
No doubt about it! O'Charlie's Reduced Fat Honey Mustard. The only light version that tastes like the real thing.

But with pasta dishes, I prefer Light Done Right 3 Cheese. I also like Ken's Raspberry Pecan.

02-03-2007, 11:03 AM
I like the Newman's Own light dressings - honey mustard, sesame ginger, sun dried tomato. Trader Joe's light dressing are also good. But no fat free dressings - they taste like plastic!

02-07-2007, 03:59 AM
two faves-both homemade
1-olive oil + balsamic vinegar, clove of garlic/minced, basil, mustard powder, salt & pepper and a tiny bit of honey-shake it all up in jar. you can make larger amounts and keep in the fridge for a few days
2-same as above but with some tahini (smooshed sesame seed paste) and a bit of water. makes it creamy and yummy.
either one on a spinach salad with red peppers, carrots, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds-so good!!!
and easy to make!

02-07-2007, 04:51 AM
I buy Ranch dressing powder in bulk, and use it to make ranch or vinaigrette dressings. I can't stand fat free dressings and regular dressings are so expensive, I usually make my own. I've noticed that if I use a good rice wine vinegar I don't have to use much if any oil. I also make an asian dressing with rice wine vinegar, garlic, fish sauce, cilantro, and ginger. Sometimes I buy fancy salad dressings at a close-out store that buys from local health food shops. If I'm going to use a "regular" dressing, I make sure it's a relatively thin one like vinaigrette or french. Then I put my lettuce and veggies in a zip loc bag and add my measured portion of dressing, and then shake the bag like heck to evenly distribute the dressing. This way, I can use a small amount of dressing on a large salad. I've got the portions down pretty well now, but at first I kept tasting the salad in the bag until I learned the maximum amount of lettuce I could add to the bag without diluting the salad to the point it was no longer tasty.

02-07-2007, 01:48 PM
I always have dressing on the side...It would be so hard not to. I like ranch, or cesar dressing on plain cider vinegar and a little bit of olive oil.

02-08-2007, 11:58 AM
Annie's Naturals brand Lemon and Chive...BUT unfortunately its very oily and fattening...every once in awhile I'll use a little for treat...normally I'll use some fresh lemon squeezed on top, occasionally I'll spray on a little bit of soy sauce......(too much sodium) And also use the fat free Ranch (hidden valley)

02-09-2007, 06:58 PM
LITEHOUSE HONEY-MUSTARD and WISHBONE THOUSAND ISLAND for the tatse, a little olive oil and pepper for less calories.

02-09-2007, 10:21 PM
Someone above mentioned Newman's Own light sundried tomato. That is REALLY tasty and not bad at all on calories or fat. ALL the Newman's Own Lights are good! I cut calories a little by throwing in a little extra basalmic vinegar, but I'm gonna try marbleflys idea of cutting with lemon juice. These are my favorite healthy bottled dressings!

02-09-2007, 11:57 PM
newmans light balsamic

and HVR light ranch because dd eats her veggies that way.

02-14-2007, 08:06 PM
I love thick creamy dressings like Marie's blue cheese with big hunks of cheee mmmmmm or any ranch thats thick.

What do I buy LOL, now thats a different story. I'll make 7 Seas italian and adjust the oil or I'll use Just2Good French and hidden valley light. No fat dressing make me gag lol.


02-14-2007, 08:52 PM
I have a new favourite lately. HEB Light Zesty Italian. It's kinda thick and has actual chunks of vegetables in it.