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08/25/04

Money Wise--The Deal on Dressings

Love and marriage, peanut butter and jelly, Mickey and Minnie...some things just go together. And that includes salad and your favorite salad dressing. So today we have the taste test results of the most popular toppings for your greens.

Choosing a ready-made salad dressing can be daunting. Good Housekeeping food editors put their taste buds to work, figuring out which salad dressings you'll want to toss around this season. Marie's chunky blue cheese was at the top of the list.

"It was loaded with big pieces of blue cheese and it was actually made with real buttermilk and sour cream," said Good Housekeeping's Debbie Goldsmith.

If the exotic is more your style, Annie's Natural is a melting pot of foreign flavors that won't make you have to chew your cabbage twice. "We were fanatical about the exotic flavors of Annie's Natural salad dressings," said Goldsmith. "They tasted best served over mixed baby greens and baby spinach leaves."

Emeril's Romano dressing was a peppery pick. It's loaded with tangy cheese flavor and packs a punch with black pepper. "It fell into the vinaigrette category, but we preferred it to most store-bought vinaigrettes because it wasn't oily and bland," reported Goldsmith.

The Good Housekeeping Institute also decided to take the Zyliss Easy Spin salad spinner for a test run. It's long been a favorite lean, green salad machine. It's great for drying salad leaves, but it had one hang up. "Sometimes, the cord didn't retract and you would have to manually rewind it," said food appliances tester Marjorie Cubisino.

Zyliss answered the call: "The cord has been redesigned so that when you pull it out, it always comes right back in," said Cubisino. Good Housekeeping says the Zyliss Easy Spin salad spinner also has a new flat lid, which makes it easier to store than the old version.

With a good spin, and some flavorful dressings, your salads are all decked out and ready to eat.

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Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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