Monday, August 19, 2013

Simple Bottled Salad Dressings

Although I try to ensure that the majority of what we eat is all-natural, non-processed and mostly fresh, whole ingredients, sometimes I just have to cut a few corners to save a little time and energy.

Salad dressings are one of the biggest things that I continue to struggle to make myself. I have no idea why since recipes for dressings are everywhere, they require very few ingredients and they are one of the simplest things to make, but on most nights of spending 30 to 45 minutes in the kitchen whipping up a wholesome dinner, making the salad dressing from scratch often falls to the wayside.

So, I'm regularly on the hunt for bottled salad dressings that are mostly, if not entirely, made of ingredients that I would have put together myself in my own kitchen. Several months ago I was thrilled to discover Marzetti's line of Simply Dressed at my local grocery store. Located in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle, these dressings are made of all recognizable ingredients and, with the exception of the xanthan gum that is found in every pre-bottled dressing on the market including organic, they are void of all my "will not eat" ingredients typical of most processed foods.

The best part is they have an impressive array of flavors including everything from your traditional options like Caesar, Ranch, Blue Chesse and Balsamic to more creative flavors like Greek Feta, Pomegranate, Cherry Balsamic and Lemon Vinaigrette. And, as an added bonus, their "Light" versions of the classics are also made of simple, natural ingredients instead of most salad dressings which use an array of nasty processed ingredients and additives to make them "light."

Plus, since they are at any regular grocery store it's also easy to buy them on sale and use a coupon for extra savings. I rarely pay more than $2 - $2.50 per bottle. 

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