Product Review — Culinary Treasures Organic Lemon Ginger Sesame Dressing and Marinade

As a kid, I fell in love with the ginger salad dressing at Benihana, partly because it was an interesting pink color but mostly because of the taste. I recently purchased a bottle of this Culinary Treasures ginger dressing after tasting it at my local Costco ($5.79/32 ounces) and found it light and flavorful.  The ginger bite is offset with the tang of lemon and mellowed by a splash of soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds.

A peek at the label reveals more fat and calories than I expected (6 fat grams and 90 calories per serving), resulting in a Weight Watchers© Points Plus value of 2. However, the recommended serving of two tablespoons was excessive.  One tablespoon adequately dressed my fairly large green salad, and I’m a girl who likes a lot of dressing.  That’s a lot of flavor for 45 calories and 1 WW point.
This product is a natural dressing choice for oriental salads and green salads with fruit.  It also makes a fabulous marinade for protein.  I have used it to marinate grilled shrimp and baked chicken, both with delicious results.
You can never tell how long Costco might stock this dressing, and I haven’t seen it in other stores. I recommend picking up a bottle or two while it’s available, and you might just find yourself a new favorite salad dressing.
Note:  I was not paid for this review or provided with a free sample bottle.  Culinary Treasures is also marketed as La Maison.
UPDATE – JANUARY 2013
Great news, folks! This wonderful dressing is again in my local Costco!  The packaging is a bit different, but the dressing is the same.  Get yours NOW!
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52 responses to this post.

  1. whre can i buy it in San Diego ,Ca

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  2. I've only seen it at Costco in my area, but it is manufactured by a company in Canada called E.D. Smith. You can find contact information at http://www.edsmith.com.

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  3. Posted by Mary Lynne Mullins on June 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I love this but COSTCO no longer has it! I tried the Canadian web site (www.edsmith.com) but it’s not listed. Is this prpoduct only found at Costco?

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    • That is the only place I have seen it in my area, but I would imagine the product is sold through other venues.

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      • Posted by SusanWA on June 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Just got an email from Smith foods and they said they make this dressing exclusively for Costco. They said it is sold to them in a rotation and as of right now none has been ordered by Costco.
        Please go to your local Costco and ask them to order more.

      • Than you for that valuable information, Susan! It goes a long way in explaining why this great dressing is so difficult to find.

    • Posted by Richmond on January 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      I did the same thing! And costco web site says they don’t have it?

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  4. Posted by Deborah Hegger on July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I heard so much about the Organic Lemon Ginger Sesame Dressing & Marinadein my Thursday Networking group. Is it possible to receive a sample?

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  5. Posted by Deborah Hegger on July 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I notice other site visitors indicate COSTCO as a possible via merchant that has this product. I have not seen it in several COSTCO stores in my area.

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    • At the time of my review, my local Costco carried this product. However, I have not seen it lately. Costco rotates its inventory frequently, so it may show up again in the future.

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  6. Posted by Caroline on July 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Our family too fell in love with this dressing. But it is no longer on the shelf at Costco!!! I asked and they told me it had been discontinued!!!!!! On the search now!

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  7. Posted by Caroline on July 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    On the bottle it gives the email address edsmith.com. On their site there is no information about where to purchase. I did go to the “contact us” section and wrote them a note asking where we could purchase either in a store or on-line. It is made by Bay Valley Foods. Keep your fingers crossed that we can find it!!

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  8. Posted by Caroline on July 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    From E.D. Smith:
    We are the manufacturer of the Culinary Treasures 32oz Organic Lemon Ginger Sesame Dressing specifically produced for Costco stores on a rotational basis. Unfortunately, we do not have a confirmation of any rotations in your area at this time. We do not sell our products directly to consumers.

    Costco stores have asked that our consumers place a written request with their customer service desk if our products are not currently available. You may use the Costco website to make comments and/or request a permanent listing if you wish. https://www.costco.com/CustomerService/EmailUs.aspx?secure=1

    Let’s all ask Costco to bring it back!!!!!!!!

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    • Good job, Caroline! I, too, will contact Costco to request that they carry this great product.

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    • Posted by Richmond on January 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      E.D. Smith – forget Costco – your produce is great!! Market it on the web! I’ll order 12 bottle right now! and from the comment s I’m reading so does everyone else!

      Please call me – my girlfriend luv’s the stuff!!!

      My clr is: 619 885-6531

      I help you market it here in the US??

      Charles D. Richmond, Esq.

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  9. Posted by Elena on July 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Surprise! Tonight went to Costco and they will not sell it any more. Can anybody tell me where else in Tucson can I buy it?

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  10. Posted by Linda Murphree on August 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Costco in Albuquerque now carries Culinary Treasures Organic Raspberry dressing & marinade. Bought it but haven’t tried it yet. Love the lemon ginger so much.

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  11. Posted by April Crawford on September 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I have written in the Costco comments box about this dressing twice now. I NEED this dressing to come back into my life! I think it’s so silly that they don’t sell this product to regular grocery stores. I miss this stuff so much!

    Last time I had it was about November 2011. And that’s because I bought about 6 bottles when it was in stock. Haha. I’m prepared to buy 10 next time I see it. There is this really yummy greek-like salad I use this dressing for. It is amazing. My heart is broken, haha :(

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  12. Posted by Marta on October 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I bought a bottle of this at Costco some time back, and it is almost gone. I’m so crushed that they don’t have it anymore, but that’s Costco for you. With the billion or so salad dressings on the market you’d think we could find SOMETHING close to it, but not so.

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    • Posted by Marta on November 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Well, the joke’s on me. Went back to Costco for something I had forgotten with my Husband, and almost passed by a whole end cap display of the dressing! We grabbed several bottles, would have gotten more but the expiration dates are 2013. One thing about it though, it is a little oily. If you look at the separation, there’s a LOT of oil on top. No problem, just poor some of it off if you like less oil.

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      • That’s great! I wonder if that means more Costcos will be carrying it again.

      • Posted by Marta on November 6, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Maybe. Or the side of sarcasm would be that maybe they just found a pallet of it that didn’t expire yet and my store was the lucky one! I hope not though. It’s good stuff.

      • Posted by April on November 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        What?!?!?!?!?! Don’t get my hopes up! I hope they have it at my Costco! What area are you in? (If you don’t mind me asking) :)

      • Posted by Marta on November 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        I’m in Henderson, Nevada. For those that don’t know that’s like a suburb (although it’s bigger) of Las Vegas.

  13. Posted by MaryAnn Harris on December 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I bought it at the Costco in Scottsdale AZ and when I got back to Michigan I couldn’t find it at the Auburn hills store. This is my new favorite and I can’t find it any ideas of where I might find it in southeast MI?

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  14. Posted by Marta on December 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    BTW Lisa, Benihana salad dressing isn’t hard to make. There are versions you can get on the internet but it’s basically this:
    1/2 cup onion, minced
    1/2 cup peanut oil
    1/3 cup rice vinegar
    2 tablespoons water
    2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
    2 tablespoons celery, minced
    2 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
    4 teaspoons soy sauce
    2 teaspoons sugar
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper

    Some of the internet versions call for garlic, but I don’t think that is authentic for oriental dressing. I’m sure it’s the tomato paste or ketchup that makes it pink. I love this stuff! We used to eat at Benihana whenever we could afford it, but we found a little Japanese Restaurant called Fuji’s that is just like Benihana at half the price, but same recipes.

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    • Thanks, Marta! I’ve seen variations of that recipe but never tried them. I can’t get past the ketchup, but I think you are right about that being the secret to the pink color. :-)

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  15. Posted by Charlotte Washington on January 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    where else can i purchase Culinary treasure organic lemon giinger sesame Dressing & Marinade, other than Costo?

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  16. Posted by Charlotte Washington on January 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Costco

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  17. Posted by Claire Labonté on February 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I would like to buy Culinary treasures sauce roasted garlic, where can we find?

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  18. Posted by Mona on February 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me which costco brought back the culinary treasures dressing?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Mona, it was my local Costco in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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      • Posted by Marta on April 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Lisa, mine is the Henderson NV area. But like everything else Costco does, they stop carrying things for months, then suddenly bring it back. Every time we go, we check for certain things to reappear. Sometimes they never do. but this dressing has reappeared several times. I still have a stock of it from my last grab, but they don’t have it again right now. It could be in any store at any time, you never know. Costco is always like an Easter Egg Hunt, and I think they like it that way.

  19. Posted by Michael on April 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    I have search for this dressing/marinade for over one year now. And this morning before I throwing the empty bottle from this dressing I decided to goggle it for last time.

    What a pleasant surprise, what I am not alone.

    Thank you all, especially for the precipice, because it seems to me this is the only option left: do it yourselves.

    The only thing I can add is that Costco has a very weird protocol to make it customers to browse the store: no information about location of the product available. Now perhaps they are taken the next step making their customers to look for something what do not exist.

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    • Posted by Ann Mitchell on May 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Today I just purchased Culinary Treasures Lemon Ginger Sesame Dressing & Marinade with a use by Mar. 27, 2014 from COSTCO 3150 Fostoria Way,
      Danville, CA 94526 (east of San Francisco – close to Concord, CA)
      5-15-2013. After reading the comments I will have to stock up. Purchased it for the first time about a month ago – it is wonderful!

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  20. Posted by Windy on May 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I love this dressing. I went to my local Costco (Phoenix, AZ) and asked when they expect another shipment since I’m almost through my final bottle. They told me that it’s a seasonal item and they usually expect it right after Christmas! WHAT?! She even went on to say that they marked it down to a little over $2 a bottle when they were trying to clear it out. I can’t believe I’m going to have to wait months before I can get this dressing again! I guess I’m going to have to stock up when it comes back in.

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  21. Posted by BlancaR on May 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I am ALSO looking for the White balsamic citrus basil flavor of the Culinary Treasures brand. It is great!! Glad to hear I am not alone in the search for this brand. Costco is carrying a different flavor right now but not the one I want. I am trying to find out what other stores carry this brand in the Chicago area.

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    • Posted by SusanWA on June 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

      Just shook the last drops out of our bottle tonight. What are we going to do now? Sounds like Costco has dropped the brand. it’s a wonderful dressing and it will be missed at our house.

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  22. Posted by Margie Glenn on May 29, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I bought two bottles at costco in Rancho Cucamonga early 2013 and we were told this would no longer be available! Is it back?

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  23. Posted by Sandy on June 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    We also love Culinary Treasures White Balsamic Citrus, will try the web-site would take a case if I could get it. Not at our Costco, Bend Oregon.

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  24. Posted by Ropate Senikuraciri on July 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    How long can I marinade chicken, beef or lamb chops before putting it on the grill for BBQ?

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  25. Posted by wanda on August 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    please share some recipes using this wonderful dressing

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  26. Posted by Leslie on September 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    No, it’s not back. I called the Costco in San Marcos today and they said Costco has discontinued carrying it. Based on what? BIG mistake!

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  27. I love this too…but OH NO!! My Costco here in ny has discontinued it :((

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  28. Posted by Lisa on November 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I am not alone! Its good to know there are other people searching for this amazing dressing!
    :) My kids and I started eating salad EVERY day because of this dressing! Bought it at Costco in September 2013. Now I can’t find it anywhere. I did try one website that will sell it but when I went to check out it said “we only ship in Australia” Yipes! Well, that leaves me out! I shop at the Costco in Vista, CA. Sent them a request for more, lets all beg for it back! :)

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  29. Posted by Y A Clarke on December 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I too love this dressing. Could not find it in any of the Costco in my area, (San Jose, Ca). I emailed Costco about it they said the people in the buying department buys according to how well the product sells. so please email Costo, the more email they get, just maybe they will bring it back.

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  30. Posted by Jim Foster on December 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I bought it at Costco here in New York and fell in love with it. It is simply delicious!!! I finished my supply and looked for it in 5 or 6 Costco stores in New York and New Jersey…not available…. I emailed Costco to see if they had plans to restock and got a canned response… I have since contacted the manufacturer to find somewhere else to obtain it (i’m hooked) only to find that they only make it for Costco on their specific request. I have emailed Costco on several occasions to request that they restock and received the same stock reply. I am now looking for recipes online until such time as I might find the product available. The Benihana recipe may be close but not the product I love.

    I hope everybody asks Costco to restock as that seems the only opportunity. Who would think you have to beg a retailer to stock products that their customers love??

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  31. Posted by Rene on December 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    were can we buy this they don’t carry it at Costco in Austin TX anymore

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  32. Posted by Linda Jean-Louis on January 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Just found their White Balsamic Citrus Basil at my local Costco. This flavor is also yummy!!! Absolutely great with pastas, seafood as well as salads. Love, love, love the lemon ginger sesame.

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