Canstar Blue’s 2021 salad dressing review has seen Praise, Coles, Paul Newman’s Own and Woolworths compared on taste, consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. Canstar Blue research finalised in May 2021, published in June 2021.
‘Lettuce’ celebrate! Praise rated best for salad dressing
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 half of our survey respondents (50%) have tried multiple brands of salad dressing to find ‘the one’ and more than a third (35%) usually stick to the same one. Meanwhile, one in five either pick the cheapest (21%) or the healthier option (20%).
To help you find the best salad dressing for your taste and budget, Canstar Blue asked more than 600 Australian consumers for their feedback on the salad dressing they bought and consumed from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months. Survey respondents scored brands on taste, consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum sample size (30 responses) are included in our results.
In our first-ever salad dressing review, Praise received the most acclaim after it rated five stars in five out of six research categories ─ including overall satisfaction!
Best Salad Dressing
Here are the best brands of salad dressing, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Paul Newman’s Own
Praise topped our salad dressing ratings with the only five-star review for overall satisfaction, while Coles, Paul Newman’s Own and Woolworths plated up a respectable four stars overall.
Major supermarket chain Coles rated best for value for money, before scoring another set of five stars for variety. Paul Newman’s Own similarly earned full marks for taste and consistency.
About the Winner ─ Praise
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 reviews for packaging design and overall satisfaction, before scoring additional full marks for taste, variety and consistency. It got four stars for value for money.
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.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and consumed a salad dressing from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months – in this case, 603 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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