Taste test: raspberry vinaigrette
Raspberry vinaigrette has a lot of flexibility. It's a great way to spruce up any spring salad, especially alongside crumbled cheeses, fruits and nuts. But, it's also useful as a glaze for meats or a topping for ice cream, or to sprinkle over cooked vegetables. Our panelists are fans of the dressing, although a couple allowed they cut it with vinegar and olive oil when drizzling the dressing on salads. We tasted eight brands of bottled vinaigrettes.
Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent
© 2014 Tampa Bay Times
(out of 100)
|Ken's Light |
|Very dark color, bits of seeds and pulp made this dressing "wickedly good," according to one judge. Another described it as a "deep, sweet, tasty brew," saying he would use the dressing for grilling chicken or fish. Ken's dressing had a great balance of sweet and savory flavors and plenty of texture to work in a variety of dishes.||Target's store brand was loaded with poppy seeds that gave the blend an appealing texture. The color was paler than some of the competition. "This has a sweet, actual raspberry scent and flavor and looks especially delicious when you give the bottle a nice shake to mix it all up," said one judge. Another said he would cut this dressing with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil to make an attractive and delicious salad topping.||Judges said Annie's dressing was "bright and festive." One said, "I would love to toss this in a bowl of spring mix." Another judge said the dressing had "a faithful raspberry flavor." The panelists especially liked the balance of the sweet and tart tastes, saying this would be a really good dressing for grilling. "It almost tastes like a fruit smoothie or something you might like to see in the middle layer of a fruit yogurt," said one judge.|
|Three of the four judges said yes.||Three of the four judges said yes.||Two of the four judges said yes.|
|Shopping information||$1.52 for a 9-ounce bottle from Target.||$1.49 for a 16-ounce bottle from Target.||$2.49 for an 8-ounce bottle from Target.|
Trader Joe's ($2.69 for an 8-ounce bottle, 36 points); Hannaford ($1.99 for a 16-ounce bottle from Sweetbay, 34 points);
Panera ($4.49 for a 12-ounce bottle from Target, 38 points); Maple Grove Farms of Vermont ($2.04 for an 8-ounce bottle from Target, 31 points); and Kraft ($1.99 for a 16-ounce bottle from Target, 37 points).
Panelists: Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Jeff Jensen, public information officer for the city of Treasure Island; John Hehn, foodie & owner of All Brite Lighting & Power Design Inc.; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.
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|Serving size||Two tablespoons||Two tablespoons||Two tablespoons|
|Fat/Fiber||3.5g / 0g||3.5g / 0g||3g / 0g|
|Sugars/Sodium||6g / 180mg||5g / 240mg||6g / 180mg|
|Carbs/Protein||6g / 0g||5g / 0g||4g / 0g|