Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing {Review}

Confession: I’m just not much of a salad person. I force myself to happily make them every now and then, though, because they are so pretty and colorful and good for my family, gosh darn it. I’ll be honest, the proper dressing makes all the difference. Since the dressing is also the part that can be a little dangerous as far as calories are concerned, not to mention some of the awful ingredients, I always choose very carefully. I mean, have you ever read the back of a salad dressing bottle? If I glance and it looks more like a paragraph than a list of ingredients it goes right back on the shelf. If I’m going to put those calories in my body, they better count with healthy ingredients and really great flavor. You only need a few good quality and flavorful ingredients for a tasty salad dressing. I was so pleased when I picked up a bottle from the Marzetti Simple Dressed line of dressings, not in the aisle of the grocery store, but in the produce section because they are made with fresh-tasting ingredients without any preservatives, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG or artificial flavors or ingredients. My store only had a few of the options, but with a total of ten to choose from everyone is bound to find something that they love. I went with the Champagne flavor because it sounded pretty similar to an italian dressing, which is Nick’s favorite and unlike me, he happens to love salads. Plus when he heard the word champagne he thought he was getting away with something extra-special, making it even more fun. The ingredient list is simple: water, canola oil, champagne and white wine vinegars, sugar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, natural flavor, garlic, xanthan gum, bell pepper, spices. Look at that! All stuff we can pronounce. Awesome. While the Marzetti Simply Dressed website has some wonderful recipe ideas, I went with a big tossed salad.

Note the four croutons. That’s literally the only four on my plate, for the record. A girl’s gotta have her crunch. Back to the focus, the dressing. I took a bite expecting that tangy taste that comes when I’ve used italian dressing in the past, the part that I actually don’t like about that kind of dressing. It wasn’t there, at least not nearly as much. I have to say it was quite tasty and about as close to making a fresh homemade dressing as I’ve ever come when eating a salad at home. It was also a hit with Nick, too, and Paul as well. I do love when more than one of us likes the same dressing so I don’t have to buy a whole collection because then some spoil and you know what I’m talking about. A refrigerator door filled with salad dressings that have all gone bad. In this case, though, that won’t happen and with all of those wonderful recipe ideas we could easily make something else equally as delicious from side dishes to a main course. I’m actually thinking this Champagne dressing would make a great marinade for chicken breast, but in the meantime Nick has asked for a salad a few times after school and each time he’s chosen the Champagne dressing, so I know this one’s a definite keeper that we’ll have to buy again and again.

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.


  1. I actually bought the Ranch yesterday. Must have been communing with you, telepathically…
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    • The ranch wasn’t a choice in our store, but that’s another I know my boys would love. Well, we crazy girls need to stick (and think) together.

  2. I love Marzetti dressings! My favorite is the blue cheese vinaigrette, but I got the Simply Dressed Pomegranate to take with a salad for a teachers’ potluck at school and they all LOVED it! I’ll have to try the champagne trick on my boys, too. Maybe they’ll eat a salad…

    • Personally, the pomegranate sounds delicious to me, a nice “grown-up” choice I think.

    • A number of years ago I fell head over heals in love with a salad at Wendy’s of all places. The dressing was a Pomegranate Vinaigrette but I could find it no where. Then I found this one. I picked up a container at Wal-Mart of “Artisan” lettuce (4 little heads of different kind of lettuce) washed and chopped it. Added about 1/2 pound of fresh strawberries quartered and a couple of hands full of fresh blueberries. I had sugared some pecan earlier and added this dressing, We were having a dinner party and they just loved, loved, loved it.

      Sugared Pecan:
      1 C pecan halves
      1/2 C sugar
      1 tsp real vanilla
      Dash of Kosher salt
      tiny bit of water
      All together in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and just keep stirring. When the sugars are melted and adhered to the nut meats take it off the heat and allow to cool completely before using. For some extra zip you can, of course, add a bit of Cayenne pepper or ginger.

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