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My mom always tells me that homemade dressing is the way to go. And like with most things, she’s probably right.

But sometimes in college, we’re just cut for time, so it’s good to have some backup dressings ready in your fridge to save your meal. Here are some of my favorite store-bought dressings for those moments:

1. Trader Joe’s Vegan Caesar: Trader Joe’s has done it again with this plant-based sauce. It’s delicious on salads, roasted veggies, sandwiches, or even as a dip for crudités. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not just for vegans! This is still a perfectly creamy, salty, and tangy caesar.

2. Makoto Ginger Dressing: This dressing will elevate any salad and also works as a marinade for fish or meat. It’s got the perfect amount of spicy ginger and hints of teriyaki.

3. Terrapin Ridge Farms Pesto Aioli: This creamy pesto comes in the perfect squeeze bottle for easy drizzle. This one is a bit thicker and works great as a spread, too. I think we can all agree that pesto makes anything better, so don’t sleep on the pesto aioli. (Available on Amazon).

4. Brizo: This dressing is a bit spicier, while they have both spicy and mild options, both options definitely have a kick. Hints of lemon, herbs, and spices will give your salad the pop it needs. This one also works as a great bread dip or pasta sauce. (Also available on Amazon).

5. Balsamic glaze, lemon, olive oil: Don’t forget about the simplicity of a sticky balsamic glaze, a good olive oil, and some citrus. While this isn’t technically a store-bought dressing, it’s quick and easy enough that it makes it onto this list.

Stay flavorful and keep dressing.

Sophia is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, interested in studying Psychology with a writing minor.
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