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!