November 28, 2022

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Primal Kitchen salad dressing review

As a vegetarian, I eat a lot of salads, especially in the summer. When people started raving to me about how much they enjoyed Primal Kitchen salad dressing, I had to try it out. It has now become my go-to salad dressing this summer. Not only are Primal Kitchen’s salad dressings tasty, but they’re healthy too. 

Using Primal Kitchen Green Goddess salad dressing. 

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst Newspapers

I started out by buying three flavors of Primal Kitchen dressings, including Green Goddess, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Caesar. Green Goddess was the first one I tried. It had a pretty strong vinegar taste to it. With the first bite, I thought I wouldn’t like it. I had been expecting more of a “green” taste. But then I realized I did like it; I was just surprised by the taste and it confused me.

After a few more bites, the tangy flavor grew on me. It had a medium thickness level. Not too thick or thin. By the end of the bowl, I knew I liked it and would enjoy the rest of the bottle. I usually eat lettuce-based salads, and that’s what I ate with this one dressing, but I think it might pair better with a spinach salad.

Primal Kitchen

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$7.14


The next one I tried was the Balsamic Vinaigrette and I became instantly obsessed. It tasted how you would expect a balsamic dressing to taste, but extra delicious. Just make sure to shake this one up so the oil and vinegar mix together.

This flavor goes really well with salads that have berries in them, especially blueberries. The balsamic with the sweetness of berries is a perfect pairing. The dressing also soaks nicely into croutons. Balsamic Vinaigrette is by far my favorite Primal Kitchen dressing and the one I keep adding to my cart.

Primal Kitchen

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$10.64


Finally, I tried the Caesar flavor. This one is very thick. I don’t think I’ve ever had that thick of a dressing before. The flavor was enjoyable and similar to other Caesar dressings. It works well with a classic Caesar salad (lettuce, garlic croutons, etc.), but also with other combinations. Adding in some cheese and carrot shavings injects a bit more variety to your bites. I haven’t bought this flavor again, but that’s only because all I crave is the Balsamic Vinaigrette flavor these days.

Primal Kitchen

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$7.54


However, if my favorite flavor were out of stock, I’d still enjoy either of the other two. The dressings come in 8-ounce glass bottles, which is a smaller portion than is standard, so if you’re eating a lot of salad, it goes fast!

Other Primal Kitchen salad dressing flavors include Ranch, Vegan Ranch, Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, Italian Vinaigrette, Cilantro Lime, Dreamy Italian, Greek Vinaigrette, and Avocado Oil & Vinegar. In addition to salad dressings, the brand carries dips, condiments, cooking oils, grilling sauces, pasta sauces, pizza sauces, powders, and supplements. The mayo made with avocado oil and the vegan mayo are two of the most popular products.

Are Primal Kitchen salad dressings healthy?

The Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette is my personal favorite on salads.  

The Primal Kitchen Balsamic Vinaigrette is my personal favorite on salads.  

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst Newspapers

The ingredient that most differentiates Primal Kitchen from competitors is the avocado oil. Avocado oil is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which improves heart health. These are the good types of fats, rather than the more dangerous kinds.

Primal Kitchen products are Whole30 Approved, meaning the product is compatible for anyone doing the Whole30 diet plan that focuses on eating mainly unprocessed foods. All ingredients are organic. The dressings use no artificial sweeteners and have no added sugars.

These are dairy-free, so it’s a great option for anyone lactose intolerant. Seriously, with how thick and creamy some of the sauces are, you would never guess they don’t use dairy. Instead, the company uses ingredients like coconut milk powder and collagen. Just because it’s dairy-free doesn’t mean it’s necessarily vegan though as many of the dressings use cage-free eggs. For example, Green Goddess works for vegetarians, but not vegans. Vegans can still enjoy some of the dressings though, including the delicious Balsamic Vinaigrette.

The products are also certified paleo, kosher, and gluten-free. Overall, I would definitely consider these salad dressings healthier than more popular salad dressing brands. Just remember to use it in moderation like everything else. No need to have your salad swimming in dressing.

Are Primal Kitchen products good for the environment and communities?

The Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing is thick and tasty. 

The Primal Kitchen Caesar dressing is thick and tasty. 

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst Newspapers

About 70% of Primal Kitchen’s product portfolio is in recyclable glass. You can recycle the caps and labels. For shipments, they use compostable packing paper. The salad dressings I get are in glass bottles.