Best-Rated Salad Dressing

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Best-Rated Salad Dressing 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Praise

Praise topped Canstar Blue’s salad dressing review for the SECOND year in a row, rating best for taste, consistency, packaging design, variety, and overall satisfaction.

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Let’s be honest, it can be difficult for a bowl of salad to ‘leaf’ you feeling satisfied unless it’s drenched with a good dressing. Even when it’s paired with a juicy steak or topped off with eggs in a Caesar salad, it’s often the last piece of food ‘romaine-ing’ on our plates before we ‘kale’ it quits. Salad dressing can make or break a salad, so it’s important to buy one that tickles your tastebuds. Our research found nearly half of survey respondents (43%) have tried multiple brands of salad dressing to find ‘the one’, while a greater number of people (46%) stick to the same brand. Meanwhile, about one in four either pick the cheapest (24%) or the healthier option (18%).

How we rate salad dressing

Aussies are a demure lot, who refuse to eat their salad naked. Three in ten shoppers (30%) simply won’t pass the aisle without throwing in a bottle of their favourite salad sauce. So, what’s the flavour on the nation’s plates? According to our survey, it’s around the world in a bottle, with Italian dressing taking first place (21%), closely followed by French (19%) and Caesar taking third place (18%). If you know what you like, but aren’t sure which brand nails the flavour, our consumer review puts the big brands to the test, to find you the best salad dressing.

Canstar Blue surveyed 637 Australians for their feedback on the salad dressing(s) they’ve purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and used in the last three months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their salad dressing brand from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a salad dressing brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Texture & consistency: the texture was just as expected and suited the product.
  • Taste: the flavour was true to the description and the product tasted authentic.
  • Packaging design: the product packaging was aesthetically pleasing and provided sufficient information/instructions.
  • Range variety: the brand has a wide and interesting range of flavour choices.
  • Value for money: good quantity and quality of the product for the cost.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

1. Praise
2. Paul Newman’s Own
3. Woolworths
4. ALDI Colway
5. Coles

Praise rocketed to the top of our ratings after scoring the only five-star review for taste, texture, packaging design, variety, and overall satisfaction. ALDI Colway rated best for value for money, proving it to be a good thrifty pick.

It’s worth mentioning that Paul Newman’s Own brought in four stars across the board, including for taste, making it a solid second pick for salad lovers.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Salad Dressing Brand ─ Praise

Best Praise salad dressing

Praise is one of the leading brands in Australia when it comes to grocery essentials, especially if you’re planning to slap some mayonnaise on bread to make a tasty sandwich or stir it into a potato salad. The brand also offers several varieties of dressing from its Deli-Style, premium and regular salad dressing line. Aside from classics like balsamic and ranch, other products from Praise’s wide range include:

  • Praise Dressing Coleslaw 99% Fat-Free
  • Praise Dressing Greek
  • Praise Japanese Dressing
  • Praise Creamy Chilli & Mango Dressing
  • Praise Deli-Style Honey & Dijon Mustard Dressing

Praise salad dressing is usually available in 250ml and 330ml bottles, typically costing between $3-$3.50.

  • Praised received the only five-star review for texture and consistency, taste, packaging design, range variety and overall satisfaction.

What’s the best salad dressing?

According to our survey, Praise salad dressing is the perfect mate for your salad. With its wide range of flavours, it is sure to deliver the right tang to your lettuce.

If you are more of a traditionalist, who likes their flavours classic, then Paul Newman’s Own could be the sauce for you. The brand specialises in four dressing flavours: creamy Caesar, balsamic vinaigrette, classic dressing and ranch. Perfect for people who know what they like in their bowl.

Finally, if you’re looking for a dressing on a dollar, ALDI Colway has an impressively priced line-up including roasted garlic balsamic, honey Dijon and ranch all for under $2. The brand also brought in four stars for taste, meaning you’re saving on your wallet and not skimping on flavour.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Past ratings

Here is the past winner of Canstar Blue’s salad dressing ratings:

  • 2021: Praise

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