Whether light and olive oil-based or rich and creamy, these locally made and bottled dressings add extra flavor to summer salads.
BoysGrow, an agricultural entrepreneurship program for male youth based in Kansas City, offers a tzatziki dressing based off of its original Greek salad dressing. Youth in the program are involved in every step of production, from seed to sale. The tzatziki dressing can be found at multiple stores in the Kansas City area, such as Nature’s Own, Made in KC and Cosentino’s Market in Brookside, with proceeds benefiting the organization. boysgrow.com
J. Viviano and Sons
St. Louis’ The Hill neighborhood is famous for its Italian-American eateries and shops, including J. Viviano and Sons market. The beloved spot makes and bottles its own take on the city’s famous sweet Italian vinaigrette. The dressing can be purchased on-site or online at shopviviano.com.
A little red brick house in Arrow Rock, Missouri, is home to chef Liz Huff’s fine-dining restaurant Catalpa. Huff recently began bottling her small-batch house vinaigrette in a peach-lemon-tarragon flavor. The dressing can be purchased online or locally at Arrow Rock Antiques & Mercantile, Lucky’s Market in Columbia or Dierberg’s Markets in the St. Louis area. catalparestaurant.com
Since 2008, Collinsville, Illinois-based Leaf Dressing has been producing an original and spicy sesame dressing perfect for adding kick to salads or marinades for chicken or fish. Made without common preservatives used in many mass-produced salad dressings, Leaf Dressing prides itself on its fresh and natural approach. Both flavors can be ordered online at leafdressing.com.
Brown Abbey Gourmet
In Springfield, Missouri, Brown Abbey Gourmet offers a house Greek dressing made with grapeseed oil, rice wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a proprietary spice blend. The flavors make it ideal for a classic Greek salad or as a marinade for chicken or fish. The dressing is sold online at brownabbeygourmet.com.
5 Sisters, based in Springfield, Missouri, produces three salad dressings: a Mediterranean, Greek and Dijon. The Dijon, made with lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and Dijon mustard, complements grilled vegetables for summer cookouts. The dressings are available in Missouri at Price Cutter, Food Pyramid and all Branson-area County Mart locations as well as online at 5sistersfoods.com.