Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Grandessa Signature Raspberry Vinaigrette - A Review

On the Fourth of July we hosted a little backyard barbecue and offered up such offerings of balsamic and olive oil marinated chicken breasts, Italian sausage, sautéed peppers and onions and an assortment of cold salads. One of the salad offerings was a very healthy option insisted on by my wife. She insisted on a spinach strawberry salad. I turned my nose at first because it this item did not immediately sound as appetizing as my mind was focused on grilled meats, breads, fattening salads, appetizers and a few cold pilsners on the deck. To my surprise, the salad was a hit item and I found myself glad to have leftovers after the party was over. The spinach salad included sliced strawberries, chopped pecans, crumbled blue cheese, and some delicious raspberry vinaigrette from ALDI. The brand is actually called Grandessa Signature Raspberry Vinaigrette.

I don’t typically do product reviews on this blog, but I felt this salad topper was worthy of mention for those dieters and salad eaters out there looking to shave a few calories on something that is very tasty. This vinaigrette has a very smooth sweet and sour balance unlike some vinegar based dressings that make you pucker. I also appreciate this nice break from the typical creamy dressings that I probably eat too much of throughout the year. The vinaigrette is made up of red wine vinegar, raspberry honey, and an assortment of spices. The bottle is sold in a 12.7 ounce size at ALDI for a mere $1.99. I absolutely love this stuff and will be back for more. A two tablespoon serving size only sets one back about 90 calories though there are 6 grams of sugar per serving.

I think this salad dressing is a winner and would love it if this item was sold in large Costco or Sam’s Club size portions. Grandessa makes several other dressings that I will have to try.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I've purchased this dressing, too. It is my favorite dressing. It can be used with any salad ingredient. It is simply delicious!

Anonymous said...

All who try it simply love it so why do not one but TWO Aldi in my town of Racine WI not have it now???? I looked at the supply dwindle for two months til now neither carry any on the shelf. What is up with that?
I looked for the Grandessa frozen fruits bars especially the lime... they dont have it now. WOW... Should i go far outta town for it or what?