Where Has This Trader Joe’s Salad Dressing Been All My Life?

updated May 24, 2019
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Before I get into how good this new TJ’s salad dressing is, can we please take a minute to discuss how impossible it is to spell “vinaigrette” right on the first try? (Close your eyes and try it, middle school spelling bee-style, and let me know if you have better luck than I did.)

Okay, okay, now for that review of this Organic Rosé V-I-N-A-I-G-R-E-T-T-E as promised.

Yes, you read that right. This is not red wine vinaigrette — this is ROSÉ wine vinaigrette (although it does have a smidgeon of red wine vinegar, along with rosé wine vinegar, organic sunflower oil, dried garlic, basil, oregano, and a little agave). Just like a glass of rosé, this salad dressing feels effortlessly fancy, and thus, will make your salad fancy too.

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I topped a big bowl of butter lettuce (name a better lettuce, I’ll wait), with this stuff and instantly found my new salad soul mate. This dressing is just the right amount of tangy, sprinkled with delicious herbs and little hint of sweetness at the end, lending itself perfectly to a plethora of salad varieties and toppings. I’m thinking fruity salads, veggie-heavy, protein-loaded, the works. This will work.

The only discernible con about this salad dressing is that the pour spout is extremely wide and therefore not conducive to strategically (or skimpily) dressing your salad. But honestly, this vinaigrette is so good, it’s OK if you’re a little heavy-handed. You may even want to be heavy-handed. (It’s $3.50 a bottle, so you won’t break your budget if you need to buy a bottle or two every time you hit the store.)

Also as an aside, I have to say, in the dead of an East Coast winter, it feels a bit off to be launching a summery rosé salad dressing. But if it helps the groundhog see its shadow, I’m willing to try anything.