My Salad Dressing Fall-Back Cheat

If you haven’t heard that bottled salad dressing has some junky stuff in it, you’ve probably been living under a rock. I kid. But, seriously, it seems everywhere I turn, someone is waxing eloquently about the ills and evils of buying a bottle of ranch.


They’re not wrong:


There are some sketchy ingredients in there. Of course, one must also note that, the reason I got that picture? Is because I bought that dressing. Ahem.


I like making my own salad dressings. They’re not hard. They taste great. You know what’s in them. All hunky dory. But… you know what? Sometimes I need a tablespoon or two of ranch dressing and I don’t have any made. So, yes, I reach for that bottle up there. It gets the job done.


Still, it’s not my first choice around here for dumping all over my salad.


Like I said, I make plenty of dressings. They’re really not a huge project. But, if time is really limited or I’ve just plain forgotten to get it done?


This is my new cheat:



Is the ingredient list perfect? Nah. There are plenty of articles out there to tell you why canola oil isn’t a good bet. And I’m not convinced dressings need sugar. But, here’s the simple truth– for a convenience food? This is a pretty decent ingredient list:

[cider vinegar, expeller pressed canola oil, evaporated cane sugar, water, garlic cloves, garlic, sea salt, romano cheese, parmesan cheese, asiago cheese, black pepper, oregano, basil, salt]


So… there you go. Judge away, if you must, but you will almost always find a bottle (or two) of pre-made salad dressing in my arsenal.


If you’re looking for one to keep in yours, with an ingredient list that’s not really cringe-worthy? This is one I’d recommend.


Disclosure: TOTALLY not sponsored or compensated in any way. I love Aldi’s dressings and this line is truly tasty and contains pretty good ingredients. I just wanted you all to know about it.

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