Now you know me, I like to make just about everything myself. However there are also products I liked to have on hand. I have some sauces, ketchups, mustards, mayonaise and things like that. They come in handy even though I make many of these items from scratch too. I used to have salad dressings in my refrigerator too but I’ve not found many gluten free ones that I liked.
I had just found the Simply Dressed Salad Dressings from Marzetti literally the week before they contacted me to review their products. I liked the fact I could read the ingredients and knew what they were. You can find these dressings in the refrigerated sections because they are not full of preservatives that keep dressings shelf stable. I told them I was just about to try these products and if I liked them I would share my experience. I warned them I’m very opinionated and tell it like I see it and they still agreed.
So here is the disclaimer: “I was one of six bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company to be a Simply Dressed Ambassador. They compensated for my time however, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”
Many of these dressings are gluten free but not all of them so you need to do a little research. When looking at the products online, look for this marking: Gluten Free
Or you can use this list I’ve created here for their Simply Dressed line. I would recommend to the company that they just go ahead and mark the jars gluten free so when shopping we know which ones to buy. It was however great to be able to get so much information on their website. Some of their dressings have dairy in them so I’ve not tasted those dressings. If you have please let me know about your experience.
These products are listed as gluten and dairy free:
Simply Dressed Pomegranate Salad Dressing
Simply Dressed Balsamic Salad Dressing
Simply Dressed Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing
Simply Dressed Champagne Salad Dressing
Simply Dressed Coleslaw Salad Dressing
These Simply Dressed Salad Dressings are gluten free but not dairy free:
These Simply Dressed Salad Dressings are not gluten free:
Thousand Island Salad Dressing -This one I am not really sure why it’s not listed as gluten free. I’ve not tasted this dressing since it’s brand new.
I tried all of the gluten-free dressings that are gluten and dairy free. The Pomegranate, Strawberry Poppyseed and Balsamic were my favorite. I’ve used them in many salads and other recipes that I will be sharing soon. The Champagne was OK but not my favorite and I did not like the coleslaw dressing which I found very interesting because I grew up on the original Marzetti Slaw Dressing. After looking through their site I see that this original slaw dressing is gluten free so if you eat soy you can try that version.
On the Marzetti website they have all of their products listed with nutritional information. They also have lots of recipes and even recipe booklets you can download including the Simply Dressed Recipe Book. Keep in mind this was not written to be gluten free so make adjustments where needed.
Coming this month and the next month I’ll share some of my recipes using the Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings and I have a special Simple Salad prize pack giveaway. So start thinking about your Simply Salad Recipes you’ll want to share.Print This Recipe
What a great resource, Diane. It makes shopping easier. And a shout out to a company based in my hometown. Here's a link from a local blogger with some company history that reminds me of the cafeteria serving Johnny Marzetti for school lunch. http://jarsloth.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/respect-… Nice to see them working with the gluten-free community.
they sound great and the packaging is gorgeous!
I've only tried their ranch dressing (before I was dairy-free) and since then ignored them because I assumed they all had dairy. Now I should go take a second look! The ranch was tasty from what I remember. 🙂
Thanks for the review, Diane! I've gotten so tired of seeing so many horrid ingedients on salad dressings that it's nice to know there are some that have ingredients you can recognize and pronounce. I appreciate your recommendations. That will save me when I need to pick up some safe salad dressings on the spur of the moment. 🙂
This is a nice way to get a "taste" of what all these different products are like. The balsamic sounds wonderful. I'll definitely give it a try, especially knowing you've been the reviewer! I have mixed feelings about encouraging product manufacturers to put "Gluten-Free" on their labels. Unless they're willing to test every batch and have them 3rd party certified. I think "naturally gluten-free" is good, but we all know that it is possible to have a product that should naturally be GF end up with enough gluten in it to make sensitive people sick. I'm not sure what the answer is, but until the label law is in place, I'm very careful about products. I'm glad you have "taste tested" this for us! Thanks, Diane! I appreciate you doing my homework for me. =)
Good point Melissa about the labels. I guess I'd like an easy and reliable system to know if foods are gluten free. I did actually taste these products and I'm very sensitive to gluten and had no reaction so that's a winner for me. As with any products one should always confirm if something is gluten free since recipes can change. I can't wait to share what I'm doing with these dressings next! Thank you for stopping by.
Thanks for doing the "legwork" to check these out for us!
I would still like to know what the "natural flavors" are as this is not forthcoming info. It sounds like they are hiding information to me.
Hmmm, I'd still like to try that slaw version as I absolutely adore coleslaw with that old-school creamy taste. Love the packaging of these new dressings – so cute!
List of all of their gluten free products. http://www.marzetti.com/pdfs/faq/GlutenFreeList8-…
These sound fantastic! it's been a while since I bought dressing, I might have to give a few of these a try!
Great review Diane! Like you, I'm a make-everything-from-scratch cook, but sometimes when I'm traveling in particular, it's nice to have a store bought dressing that I know I can trust. I'll definitely be trying these.
So many gluten free products (like these dressings) contain sugar. It is disappointing to someone like me who reacts just as strongly to sugar (and corn) as to gluten.
That being said, I have tried Simply Dressed before and it was delicious 🙂
I love the Simply Dressed Ranch but I don't have it every day. How long does it keep in the fridge after opening it?
I have no idea. It's fresh so I wouldn't think too long.