08 July, 2011
Uses for Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing
Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing is a dry packaged dressing and recipe mix manufactured by Kraft Foods. Once the dressing mix -- a blend of garlic, onions, sweet red bell pepper, carrots and Italian spices -- is shaken or whisked together with vinegar and oil, it’s ready to pour on a salad. You can use the mix to flavor numerous other dishes, as well. Besides the original dressing mix, you can purchase zesty, mild and fat-free versions. However, don't substitute the fat-free version in recipes that require heating.
Dressings and Marinades
Beyond regular Italian dressing, you can add other ingredients to Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix to create different flavors for salads and marinades for pasta, meats or fish. Give a Greek touch to a salad by combining the dressing mix with red wine vinegar, water, feta cheese, ripe olives and vegetable and olive oil. Add zing to fish by marinating it with a mixture of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing, lemon juice, water, canola oil and the zest of citrus fruits. Or combine Good Seasons Mild Italian Salad Dressing with cider vinegar, water, vegetable oil and raspberry preserves to make a sweet marinade to brush onto pork or chicken.
Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix is a useful ingredient in meat, seafood and pasta entrees. You need only add olive oil, vinegar, water to the dressing mix to create a delicious antipasto salad with stuffed tortellini, cheese and vegetables. The spices in the dressing mix also lend themselves well to homemade chicken pizza -- first marinate small pieces of chicken in prepared dressing prior to cooking on the stove, then brush more dressing on the top of the pizza once it is ready to go into the oven.
Use the dressing mix to create both cold and hot dips. You can make a quick party dip for vegetables by combining the dressing mix with a 16-oz. container of sour cream. Make a hot dip for crackers by adding the dressing mix to cream cheese, sour cream, chopped broccoli and shredded cheddar cheese, then baking. Place the dressing mix, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil and some Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor to make your own fresh pesto.
Side Dishes and Soups
Use Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing mix as an ingredient to spice up a simple brown rice and black beans dish, or marinate vegetables with the prepared dressing prior to roasting or grilling. The dressing mix also makes a versatile and time-saving soup flavoring, according to Sandra Lee, author of “Semi-Homemade Cooking 2.” Use the dressing mix along with minced garlic, red pepper flakes and fresh herbs to spice up a classic Italian tortellini soup.
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