Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Walden Farms Jersey Sweet Onion Salad Dressing

I don't think it's a secret that I like doing reviews of Walden Farms products.  I'm always interested to find a new and flavorful way to cut the calories from my increasingly unhealthy diet.  Walden Farms seemingly has an answer for every situation and that leads me to this review of their Jersey Sweet Onion Salad Dressing.  I picked up a twelve ounce bottle of this at for $3.79 and as usual, it's calorie free, sugar free, etc.

When I poured this one out of the bottle, I was struck by how "creamy" it appeared to be.  Perhaps Walden Farms has changed their recipes for their dressings because I've been noticing this about a lot of them recently.  They seem to be thicker than they were in the past and since their runny quality was one of my biggest complaints about them in the past, it is very much appreciated that they've managed to rectify that situation, or so it seems.  Outside of the creaminess, this dressing contained little bits of black and red pepper and also what appeared to be little "chunks" of onion.  Really, these just reminded me of bits of dried onion that that they dumped in the bottle and then re-hydrated, but I'm always in favor of something that breaks up the texture of a product.

Breaking up the texture of the product here was greatly appreciated because encountering a small onion "chunk" was can be a great way to break up the monotony of something and that's one of the things that I liked most about this dressing.  Outside of that, what I especially liked was the flavor of this dressing.  It had a nice sweet flavor, as you would expect from its name, and didn't have the typical strong vinegar aftertaste that a lot of Walden Farms dressings have.  In fact, the vinegar was barely detectable and the only reason I think I noticed it was because of my vast experience with their products.  In fact, this dressing tasted almost like a somewhat sweeter version of a French Onion Dip, although obviously not as creamy or thick.  When something can emulate a French Onion Dip, it is on its way to being a winner in my book.

Buy It or Fly By It?  I thoroughly enjoyed this one, so I have to give it a BUY IT rating.  Like I said, it's similar to a French Onion Dip and while I don't recommend using it for dipping, I do recommend using it on top of your salad or even as a dressing in a slaw that you could be making (that's what I used it for).  It strikes the perfect balance of flavor and texture to take something bland like lettuce or a slaw mix and make it an nice, cooling treat.


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