My favorite Italian food restaurant has this amazing house dressing that my husband and I absolutely love. They also have great pizza and pasta, but every time we go there, I just end up getting a salad because I just can’t get enough of the dressing. The name of the restaurant is Baris III Pasta & Pizza, and it’s located at 904 North Valley Mills Drive in Waco, Texas, in case you ever have a reason to visit this incredibly exciting part of Texas.
Anyways, back to the dressing. I’ve always wished that Baris would sell bottles of their dressing so I could use it on my salads at home, but I’ve had to settle for basic bottled vinaigrette dressings. The store was out of the kind I usually get, and I’ve just been craving tomato products like crazy lately. I saw Newman’s Own Lighten Up Sun Dried Tomato Dressing on the shelf, and it looked pretty good, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
I’m glad I did. It’s incredibly close to what the dressing at Baris tastes like. It’s a little zesty, tastes very fresh and almost homemade, and has a great tomato flavor. It’s got great ingredients like olive oil, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, garlic, and Romano cheese, and the list of ingredients isn’t too long and full of things I can’t pronounce, which is always good. The greatest thing about it is that it’s low calorie, too. Two tablespoons only has about 60 calories, which isn’t bad, considering that Kraft’s Zesty Italian Dressing has 109 calories per serving and isn’t even close to being as good. And the Newman’s Own company donates some of its profits to charities, so you have plenty of reasons to enjoy this product.
Here are the rest of the ingredients that I use in my salad:
These ingredients are very healthy and make a very tasty salad that’s great for summer dieters. The salad I love at Baris is easy to make, as well. It’s just iceberg lettuce with chopped carrots and purple cabbage, sliced fresh button mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, grated mozzarella cheese, and a pepperoncini pepper on the side. Both salads are healthy and full of ingredients that contain lots of antioxidants and the dressing makes them taste too good to be healthy. So if you want a healthy, low-calorie dressing that’s a little different than your average vinaigrette, give this one a try. I’d have to say it’s the best bottled dressing I’ve ever had from a store.