Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Money Saving Hints: Dress the Salad BEFORE Serving

Salad dressing can be used up very quickly if you have a large family or if you eat salads frequently.  There are people in our family who use lots and lots of dressing on their salad.  What do you do to save money on salad dressing?  One easy way is to toss the salad with the dressing right before serving.  If the dressing is already on the salad, most people won't ask for more dressing.

If you have family members who like to use an enormous amount of dressing, buy salad dressing when it is on a great sale and stock up.  Another thing you can do is to buy the store brand of dressing, but it usually doesn't taste as good.  If it doesn't taste as good, then they may use less dressing!  Last, use coupons with a sale to get the dressing for less.  I personally hate to use coupons, but some people really enjoy the savings and don't mind spending time finding, cutting and using coupons.

In our area, there is a restaurant that sells single servings of salad dressing for 25 cents each.  They are about 3-4 ounces per container.  The dressings are made fresh each day and I can get a variety for the week.  Two people can easily share the dressing for a side salad for a meal.  Compare that to a 16 ounce bottle of dressing and you are spending $1.00 to $1.25 per size bottle you find in the store.  That is an acceptable price for me!

Another thing I have done is to make salad dressing.  Thousand Island dressing is easy to make.  So is French and Catalina.  Italian and Ranch are a bit trickier with all of the spices, but may be worth a try.  You can also use vinegar and oil or lemon juice and oil.  Add the necessary sugar and salt or spices before putting on the salad.

Spices tend to be pricey, so one way to save money on spices is to only buy the amount you need from the bulk section of the store if they sell spices in bulk.

Here are a few links to some homemade salad dressings:

Pioneer Woman:  Aunt Trish's Salad Dressing

Mel's Kitchen Cafe:  Various Salad Dressings

Todd Wilbur's clone recipe for Kraft Thousand Island Dressing

Simple French Dressing

I have tried the Thousand Island recipe from Todd Wilbur and my husband likes it a lot.  I am looking forward to trying some others now!

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