I was recently approached by Aryn and Jamie, two good friends in Colorado who declare that most salad dressings in any grocery store aisle are loaded with chemicals, sugar and fat (not to mention, are uninspiring flavor-wise).
Driven by this revelation, they recently created Dressed Up Salad Dressing. It was first made available in 2011 at the Vail Farmers Market and has since been growing.
Made in Vail, Colorado their mission is to create “an inspired, thoughtful and vibrant salad dressing that adds vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber to your salad, while enhancing its flavor.” Currently, their dressing offered is Purple Carrot. They worked with a professional chef and nutritionist to make the perfect blend and this dressing includes raspberries, purple carrots and beets.
I had the chance to try the dressing and at first glance, I love the design of the bottle.
At first, I didn’t want to dress up the salad (no pun intended!) and just try it on top of a plain, fresh arugula salad. I love eating raw in the Summer and the bite and spice of arugula, blended nicely with the sweet and tart of the dressing. Sprinkled with goat cheese on top, it blended wonderful flavors together.
As the cheese lover I am, I wanted to use the dressing in a non-salad capacity. I laid out King Island’s Roaring Forties Blue Cheese, spiced nuts, cranberries and the Purple Carrot. The consistency of the dressing is somewhat thick, so instead of jam, the Purple Carrot’s sweetness was addicting alongside the blue cheese. It made for a fun alternative as I’m often making cheese plates for parties.
Overall, I’m a big fan of Dressed Up Salad Dressing – Purple Carrot. I’m impressed with the quality and agree that it’s a unique flavor, that allows itself to stand out.
My concerns are that if you’re like me, I make my own dressing at home (I don’t often purchase dressings) and I feel the market is somewhat saturated in terms of dressing and condiment options. That said, I live in Boulder where healthy, organic food is prevalent. And just like Jamie and Aryn’s thought process, a lot of them aren’t healthy. I think education and specific markets that look beyond the generic brands and Ranch dressing will allow Dressed Up to thrive.
Looking forward they’re working on releasing new flavors which include chocolate balsamic, mango agave and an oil free purple carrot!
I’m excited to see how their success unfolds and I encourage you to learn more or buy their dressing. You can purchase Dressed Up at: Boulder/Pearl Street, Denver Cherry Creek & Basalt (starting 8/15) Whole Foods Stores. In the refrigerated section of Produce.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Aryn and Jamie for providing me with one bottle of the Purple Carrot dressing to sample. All opinions, as always, are my own and I was not compensated for this post.