My Favorite Store-Bought Salad Dressing

Happy Sunday, friends! Doesn't the weekend just seem to pass by in a flash? I feel like it was just Friday about five minutes ago! Even though it seemed to go by quickly, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was a good mix of having plans and relaxing - Friday night I headed out with a few of my friend's to celebrate one of my best galpal's birthdays, Saturday I went over to my sister's house for a bit, and today I just did some laundry and headed back over to my sister and brother-in-law's house to have them help me study for my personal training cert! 

Anyways, the main event of this post is to tell you guys about my absolute FAVORITE store bought salad dressing. As I was eating my salad at work this week I realized I hadn't shared this salad dressing with you all and immediately put it on my list for the post this week! Drum roll please ;P


My all-time favorite salad dressing is this homemade recipe I blogged about HERE, but when a gal's busy a store bought version is much easier, and that's where Tessamae's dressings come in. 

The story of how Tessamae's dressing came about goes something like this...

"As the mother of three athletic boys, Tesse had to figure out a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Because serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, she created and perfected her own all-natural recipe. When her oldest son, Greg, realized how great it was, he said, “Mom, let’s go into business together and make this for the world!” As Tessemae's All Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company's mission."

Pretty crazy, huh? Just a mom that was making salad dressing for her family's dinners and now it's their family's business, and a dang good one, too! So, what do I like about these dressings? First of all, they're all tasty, honestly I haven't had one that I don't like. Second of all, there's NO artificial ingredients or any of the typical junk in other salad dressings you'd buy. For example, her Caesar dressing has the following ingredients: 
Organic EEVO, organic lemon juice, organic apple cider vinegar, organic mustard, organic spices, organic coconut aminos, sea salt, organic balsamic vinegar, organic ginger, organic dates, organic onion powder, and organic garlic powder. 

I mean, compare those ingredients to a typical Caesar dressing you get off the shelf at the grocery store... you can't beat Tessamae's. The ingredients in Tessamae's dressings are REAL ingredients that we can recognize and pronounce, AND they're DELICIOUS! 

My favorite dressings are the Lemon Garlic, Balsamic, and the Caesar! All of Tessamae's dressings are also awesome to use as a marinade for chicken or other meats and fish. So, if you're looking for a healthy salad dressing to spice up your lunch or dinner, grab a bottle of Tessamae's the next time you're at the grocery store! I find mine at Whole Foods, but I'm sure they're in other stores as well.

Have you tried Tessamae's dressing before? Let me know in the comments below! 



Your New Favorite Salad Dressing

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I hope that you all had a great weekend! My weekend started off with a pizza and wine/champagne night with three of my best friends, Meg, Taylor, and Lisa, to celebrate Lisa's engagement. It was a fun night of celebrating and catching up while we sipped on champagne and munched on pizza and the salad that I had brought over! 

This recipe is from Once Upon A Chef and it was super easy to make and so was the delicious dressing that went with it! For the salad I used: 

  • 1 large head of romaine, washed, dried, & cut into bite-size pieces  
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber 
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • Handful of grape tomatoes, halved 
  • Handful of pitted olives (I subbed red onions for these)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled to taste 

Once you have all of your ingredients chopped up, go ahead and throw them in a bowl together. Now onto the dressing, which I'm 99.9% sure will become your favorite dressing after the first taste! The ingredients you'll need are:

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 10 big leaves fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano 
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3/4 extra virgin olive oil (Trader Joe's brand, again)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey 

Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor (I used my Vitamix) to blend. Once you're done that, you'll have something that looks like this...

With all of the basil and parsley in there, the dressing turns out to be pretty green! Don't be scared off though, I promise it's super delicious - much better than a store bought balsamic dressing! If you're going to be bringing it to a BBQ or to a friend's house, throw it in a mason jar like I did for easy and mess-free travel. 

I hope that you guys will try out this recipe! If you do, let me know how it goes in the comments :)

Catch ya tomorrow!