There are no less than six kinds of salad dressing in my fridge right now. We love salad (my six-year-old son took it to school today for lunch happily — it’s his favorite). They range from creamy ones that my kids adore to four kinds of vinaigrette, which I love. The problem is finding ones that taste the way I want them to. I am notoriously picky about salad dressing flavors, so I’m on a constant hunt for ones that I love and fit my wants (pronounceable ingredients, for instance). It’s hard.
Recently, I was asked to try and review Marzetti’s new Simply Dressed salad dressing here on Sarah’s Cucina Bella. I am familiar with the Marzetti brand — my husband loves their jars of blue cheese. But this new line seems tailor made for me: simple ingredients, good flavors … and fresh. But would I like it?
I ended up going simple with my choice of which dressing to try: Caesar. Though there’s a big variety available from the Simply Dressed line, I chose to try Caesar since it’s a classic that I would love to have a ready-made version favorite. I often make my own Caesar dressing because I don’t think many bottled ones are very good. So, if I liked this one it would really mean something big.
The first thing I noticed about Marzetti Simply Dressed was how ridiculously hard it was to open the bottle for the first time. At one point, I nearly threw in the towel because the lid just wasn’t budging. In the end, I had to run the top under warm water and it finally moved. Fortunately, the problem was only when I opened it for the first time. Also, the bottle is made of plastic — not glass like the Marzetti dressings I am used to. I would have preferred glass.
All of that aside, the flavor is what matters most. And guess what? I loved this. The flavor was perfect — nuanced and balanced, as it should be, without an unnecessary whack of acidity that I have found with some bottled Caesars. Also, the creaminess? It was just right. A little goes a long way too. I found that one tablespoon was enough to dress a whole lunch-size salad.
It was perfect on my Loaded Caesar Salad — so perfect, in fact, that I ate it two days in a row. I never do that with any salad or dressing. If I wasn’t out of lettuce, I would have another right now.
And yes, I will be buying this again. For sure.
I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.