We have been experimenting in our own kitchen with Caesar salad dressing.
Many people love Caesar’s Salad. It is rich and creamy and tangy all in one - there is noth- ing quite like it. We have tried to make our own and of course we can come close to the taste but it is a big mess and so we are not as likely to do that so often and not for just a salad.
The bottled dressings are very high in fat, sodium and calories. Although we look constantly for ones that are “light” - they are not really all that light.
The other big problem with Caesar dressing is that it is very thick, especially when out of the refrigerator. It is very hard to use just a little - so not only is it high in fat, but you tend to want to use more just to cover the lettuce. This is even more the case if you are pouring it on top of the lettuce versus tossing.
Well, we have noticed one good solution.
The Caesar Spritz.
Caesar Spritz dressing is made by Wishbone.
10 sprays yields:
10 calories, 1 g fat, 85 mg sodium.
As you can see, it is the very best alternative compared to the offerings listed below.
Better still, we found that 5 sprays is more than enough to cover about 2 cups of romaine or the amount that goes on a standard-sized salad plate.
It tastes good - our taste testers liked it and said they would eat it again.
The other thing we like about the spritz-style salad dressings is that they cover a wide area; add a lot of flavor; and you can use them to spritz up steamed veggies, raw veggies and baked chicken and fish. They have versatility for today’s home cook.
As for cost - they are double the price, at .40 per ounce as com- pared to about .20 per ounce for regular salad dressing, but since you use about 1/8-1/4 ounce instead of 2 ounces per serving, this is actually cheaper, too.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.