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Marzetti Simply Dressed

I am a salad dressing snob! There, I have admitted it! Now I am not so much of a salad dressing snob that I make it but I am picky.

I already love Marzetti’s dips, both sweet and savory. So when I got the opportunity to review Marzetti’s Simply Dressed salad dressing I was very excited!

See I have been having a weird dilemma. I recently gave up wheat so first off I had throw out a ton of my bottled sauces and dressing. Now I have to scour labels and I miss bread (especially croutons in my salad). It is also amazing how much  bread add in a salad with fat and mouth feel. So this is where I was coming from when I entered the grocery store to buy a bottle of Marzetti Simply Dressed.

To start with there are so many flavor choices!!! And even better, every one except the soy based one is gluten free! So I looked closely and  considered my options. I steered away from the vinaigrette choices since I have been missing the fatty mouth feel. Then I spotted it. It had a glowing light behind it. It was the Blue Cheese dressing.

I was not raised eating any kind of blue cheese much less having it in salad dressing. But as I have gotten older I have started adding little bits of blue cheese to things but it still can be over powering. But I have just been craving cheese so I decided to risk it. So I got the Blue Cheese dressing and a spring greens salad mix to give me a touch of bitter to cut the fat.

I took my eagerly bought wares home. To my greens I add a little apple that was left over from the children’s lunch, some dried tart cranberries and some candied pecans. I added a drizzle of Marzetti Simply Dressed Blue Cheese  Dressing. First I tasted the dressing by itself. It was pretty smooth with a creamy taste. There were little bits of the crumbly cheese. When I ate it with the greens there was a nice compliment between the bitterness of the greens and the creaminess of the cheese. But when you had the apples with the dressing it was complimented by the tang of the cheese. For the first time since I gave up bread (a couple of months ago) I didn’t miss the croutons!!!!!

So what is my final thoughts on Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressing?  Umm, go buy it! It was so delicious just like every other Marzetti product I have ever tried. It is a good price and a great product! I look forward to trying all of their gluten free options.

How about you? What do you look for in a salad dressing?

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.

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Here is a great recipe for WFMW! This is an easy and yummy dressing. During the sumer I always make this and have it on hand for entertaining. The original version was to just go with a spinach salad but I have found this works with any bitter green salad also. The recipe serves 16-24 so you can just make a half recipe or stick it in the frig because it lasts a long time!


1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp Dry Mustard
2 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 medium Onion, chopped
2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 tbsp Poppy Seeds

Mix first 5 ingredients (Sugar through Onion) in a blender, food processor or in a bowl that you can use a stick blender in. Then blend until everything is smooth. Pour in the oil slowly while blending. Keep blending until the mixture changes color (white if you use a white onion and pink if you use a red onion). Stir in poppy seeds by hand. Refrigerate!

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Kid Friendly Slaw

This is a yummy, sweet good for you. I dare say it is one of my 2 year old’s favorites. I got the base of this recipe from Cooking Light.

Apple and Raisin Coleslaw

1/2 cup Light Sour Cream
3 tbl Mayonnaise
2 tbl White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/4 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Firm Red Apple (chopped with skin on)
1 Granny Smith Apple (chopped with skin on)
1 cup Raisins
1 (16 oz) bag Carrot/Cabbage Slaw

1. Mix Sour Cream through salt in a big bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients and toss.

Now I think it needs a little more salt but I recommend that you add it to your own portion so it doesn’t pull all the moisture out of the cabbage.